Before Sound

24-meter print suspended in the atrium

Special Display
17 April to 3 May

See this 24-meter print suspended inside the atrium. Before Sound screen print utilises Planck Time, the shortest objective period of time to conceptualise music as it exists without sound.  Josh Horsley produced in collaboration with Magda Stawarska-Beavan.

The notated pitch exists within the time period of Planck time,

Planck time is the shortest measurement of time; the quantum of time.

Any audible pitch (for example, middle C (261.6Hz)), would not oscillate quickly enough to be heard in the time period.

The higher the pitch, the more quickly it oscillates.  Before Sound notates the lowest pitch that would oscillate quickly enough to complete within the time period, but it is too high to hear.

The work intends to express music without a perception of sound. 

The piece is a kōan. kōan meaning is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and provoke enlightenment.

This event is part of a programme created by artists invited by Lubaina Himid. For more information on the events and artists involved please visit intoabettershape.com 

Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in


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