29 January - 21 February 2016
House of Vans/ Arches 228– 232/ Station Approach Road/ London SE1 8SW
Polyphonic Playground is a site specific, interactive musical installation by Studio PSK developed in collaboration with Reeps One and the Fashion Space Gallery that will be shown for the fourth time at the House of Vans, London.
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 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.
23 - 27 September 2015, London Design Festival, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London E8 3RE
14 - 19 April 2015, Ventura Lambrate, Milan
6-7 December 2014, Assemble Miami, Wynwood, Miami
Polyphonic Playground was commissioned and curated by Ligaya Salazar with Polona Dolžan, Assistant Curator