Soundpit: Interactive Installation Created By Di Mainstone

At Southbank Centre, London

Have you ever wondered what sound feels like? Or what music looks like?

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Run your hands through the sand, or even walk across it. Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements. You are the composer of your own masterpiece. Through play, children and adults can explore their individual sense of sound, vision and touch. For those interested in art and music, and those who simply enjoy sensory play, this is a fun, interactive experience.

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE

The creation of artist Di Mainstone, developed in collaboration with musicians Architects of Rosslyn and creative technologists Wetgenes, Soundpit is expressive play for all ages.

The Southbank Centre have brought previous iterations of Soundpit exhibited in Salford and Bradford together to the Royal Festival Hall. To celebrate this installation, the team developed a new original Soundpit character called Pangra to join the Soundpit family. Inspired by Southbank Centre’s resident Gamelan (a Javanese percussion orchestra), Di and the team have created original sounds and visuals for a new soundpit.

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Di Mainstone explains “I was curious about the phenomena of synaesthesia which is when a sensation in one of the senses triggers a sensation in another. I wanted to see if we could create a musical machine that would allow people to see and touch sound as well as hear it. Sand seemed to be the perfect tactile interface”

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Obsessed with finding a way to make music with sand Di found a golden opportunity when she was awarded the Artist in Residence position for the European City of Science, Manchester 2016. A crossdisciplinaryteam was formed and Soundpit was developed in a live laboratory during Manchester’s Science in the City festival, with input from musicians, coders, neuroscientists and members of the public.

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE

“The final Soundpit installation was shown during Manchester Science Festival at the Salford University’s Science Jam. Dr Annie Keane, Director of the European City of Science 2016 saw potential in Soundpit and has continued to be our project mentor ever since” Di Mainstone

INSTALLATION: Soundpit

DATES: 13th February – 2nd June 2019 (except 12th May)

OPENING: every day during the school holidays and weekends

ENTRY TIMES: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15

LOCATION: Royal Festival Hall, Exhibition Space, Level 1

TICKETS: £8, RUN TIME: 45 mins BOOK HERE

SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SOUNDPIT AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE


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