Enabling Festival 2019: Sound Field
Co-presented by ARUP in collaboration with BLOXAS Architects, and DesignSingapore Council
‘Sound Field’ is an immersive, interactive and experimental installation aimed at raising awareness of the role of sound in urban design and to simulate what it might feel like to live with dementia. A soundscape of Singapore city has been created, ranging from the home environment to public spaces, where it is possible to study how sounds may become disorientating and confusing.
The individual ‘trees’ in the installation work as a collective sound field, rebounding and reflecting sound through impromptu human interaction. Often people with dementia cannot distinguish between sounds or identify their source which can become distressing. The installation encourages visitors to walk around the space, rotate the panels and hear everyday urban sounds outside of their usual context. The disorientating auditory experience helps us to develop empathy for what it might be like to live with dementia. According to the Well-being of Singapore Elderly (WiSE), one in 10 people aged 60 and above in Singapore may have dementia. It is hoped that this installation will stimulate further research and debate about improving urban design for the elderly.
‘Sound Field’ is a collaboration between Arup and BLOXAS architects co-presented with DesignSingapore Council, as part of the Enabling Festival 2019 at the National Design Centre. It was first shown at the Alzheimer’s Australia National Conference 2017 and at MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia in 2018.
Photo Credit: Coco and Mazimilian, 2018