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Unseen Architecture Part 1: A series of online events exploring architecture, music and acoustics

September 17, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Musicity and Sto Werkstatt are proud to present ‘Unseen Architecture’, a sequence of two online events this Autumn that explore sound and space from the perspective of architects, designers and musicians.

Part 1: Thursday 17th September 2020, 12–1.30pm (BST)

Unseen Architecture’ celebrates the launch of MSCTY EXPO (curated by Nick Luscombe and Clare Farrow) a set of commissioned music pieces and experimental sound art realised in response to the acoustic qualities and concepts of specific unrealised buildings or imagined architectural projects from seven prominent architects. By bringing together architects, musicians and acousticians, these events are an opportunity to consider the creative possibilities of sound at the design stage of architecture, and to explore the links between architecture, music and acoustics.

Hosted by Musicity's Nick Luscombe this first discussion in our series takes it's starting point in the imagined sounds, ideas, treasures and spaces in Elsie Owusu’s project “A Gallery for Returning Treasures” and Ab Rogers’ proposal for a cocoon like environment for the recent Wellcome Collection “Living with Buildings” open call. Yuri Suzuki and Chisara Agor also give their perspectives on creating sound for spaces.

Guest Speakers:

Chisara Agor, Interdisciplinary songwriter, actor and performer.

Ab Rogers, Founder of Ab Rogers Design.

Elsie Owusu, Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects.

Yuri Suzuki, Sound artist, designer and electronic musician.

The design of good building acoustics is an unseen architecture and Sto are proud to support Musicity in the production of these events. The launch of MSCTY EXPO this Autumn highlights the diverse sonic potentials of considering sound at the design and concept stage of an architectural project. And in turn, the ways in which sound has the unique ability to invisibly colour and enhance the qualities of a building. Sto have a complete portfolio of acoustic reverberation control systems and the expertise to provide an acoustic solution for any interior project satisfying both visual and audible qualities of a building. Explore the StoSilent Acoustic range here.

More About Our Speakers:

Ab Rogers is the London-based designer and architect whose wide-ranging practice is driven by his unique imagination and dynamic, colourful and experiential vision.

Chisara Agor is an interdisciplinary songwriter, actor and performer, who has written music for theatre, choreographed for film and has been commissioned by organisations such as Spitalfields Music, In-Between Time Summit and MAIA.

Elsie Owusu OBE is an architect, urban designer, artist and Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects. She was founding chair of the Society of Black Architects. A specialist in conservation, she co-led the refurbishment of the UK Supreme Court and London’s Green Park Station, and designed transport systems in Nigeria and Ghana. Elsie is on the governing Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician. His practice explores the realms of sound through designed pieces that examine the relationship between people and their environments – questioning how both music and sound evolve to create personal experiences.