Silence, contrary to appearances, is not the opposite or absence of music, it is the absence of matter, the absence of sound conductors – things, people, water, landscape, air particles, and architecture. Without matter, we are condemned to the silence of sounds, they become impossible to hear but also impossible to see, feel, taste, touch and remember. Designing buildings and forming spaces is thus also designing and shaping acoustic space, taming it, giving sounds quality, colour and rhythm.
Room for Listening is a musical and spatial installation in ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture, created by pianist and composer Hania Rani and architects: Łukasz Pałczyński and Jan Szeliga (Zmir architecture and craft studio). The artwork explores the relationship between architecture and music and the mutual constellations of sound, space and material. The authors invite the audience into multi-sensory experiences, to memory work and to an attentive relation with the environment and with others.
Authors: Hania Rani, Studio Zmir (Łukasz Pałczyński i Jan Szeliga), Krzysztof Janas, Igor Łysiuk
Sound design: Jan Skorupa (Poznańskie Centrum Superkomputerowo-Sieciowe)
Graphic design cooperation: Nicola Cholewa
Zodiak pavilion team: Monika Komorowska, Anna Brzezińska-Czerska, Katarzyna Sałbut, Artur Wosz, Katarzyna Julia Zachara
Co-organiser: m.st. Warszawa
Partners: Oddział Warszawski SARP, Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS, Graphisoft Archicad, WSC Witold Szymanik i S-ka