• Polyphonic Playground at Here East. Photo by Katy Davies

  • Installation view: Polyphonic Playground, Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound. Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

  • Installation view: Polyphonic Playground, Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound. Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

Polyphonic Playground

Touring Installation |

Polyphonic Playground is a ground-breaking, playable structure commissioned by Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion and designed by Studio PSK .

Inspired by the inherent joy of using playgrounds as a child, this installation encourages adults to re-discover this experience of play. Taking the archetypal elements of a playground – swings, slides, climbing frame – and combining them with the musical mastery of beatboxer Reeps One, a landscape of playground activities are transformed into musical instruments when used. A timber framework creates the iconic playground pieces at adult scale. Combining these with custom electronics, woven electronic textile and  BARE conductive paint, each object gains another level of interactivity.

The installation was previously shown at Maintenant Festival in Rennes, France, Crossover Festival in the Olympic Park, London, the House of Vans in London, at LCF Mare Street as part of London Design Festival in September 2015, at Ventura Lambrate in Milan during the Salone di Milano in April 2015 and in Miami during Art Basel in December 2014.

Various iterations of the project will be produced over the coming year, to engage with different audiences and varying soundscapes across the world – turning our built environment into a versatile instrument.

Appearances:

22 August 2017 – 11 February 2018,  Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound at the Museum of Art and Design, New York

7 October – 16 October 2016, Maintenant Festival, Théâtre du Vieux St-Etienne, 14 rue d’Échange, Rennes France

30 July – 31 July 2016, Crossovers, Polyphonic Playground x Studio Wayne McGregor, Here East,  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS

29 January – 21 February 2016, House of Vans, Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW

23 – 27 September 2015, London Design Festival, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London E8 3RE

14 – 19 April 2015, Ventura LambrateMilan

6-7 December 2014, Assemble Miami, Wynwood, Miami

 

Polyphonic Playground was commissioned and curated by Ligaya Salazar with Polona Dolžan, Assistant Curator