James Blair and Mia Kang: Sound of Space

View of the Sound of Space exhibition.
View of the Sound of Space exhibition.
Sound of Space cocreator Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) adjusts the wall of ceramic vessels.
Sound of Space cocreator Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) adjusts the wall of ceramic vessels.
Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '14) engage the interactive wall.
Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '14) engage the interactive wall.
Molds used to cast the ceramic vessels.
Molds used to cast the ceramic vessels.
Examples of the ceramic vessels created for the exhibition.
Examples of the ceramic vessels created for the exhibition.
A close in view of the ceramic vessels  that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise.
A close in view of the ceramic vessels that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise.
A view showing visitors engaging the interactive wall.
A view showing visitors engaging the interactive wall.
A close in view of the ceramic vessels  that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise.
A close in view of the ceramic vessels that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise.
A view of the Sound of Space exhibition in Hartell Gallery, showing both digital projection and 3D installations.
A view of the Sound of Space exhibition in Hartell Gallery, showing both digital projection and 3D installations.
A visual from the exhibition.
A visual from the exhibition.
Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) engage the interactive wall.
Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) engage the interactive wall.
View of the Sound of Space exhibition. Sound of Space cocreator Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) adjusts the wall of ceramic vessels. Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '14) engage the interactive wall. Molds used to cast the ceramic vessels. Examples of the ceramic vessels created for the exhibition. A close in view of the ceramic vessels that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise. A view showing visitors engaging the interactive wall. A close in view of the ceramic vessels that create a wall that alters and filters atmospheric noise. A view of the Sound of Space exhibition in Hartell Gallery, showing both digital projection and 3D installations. A visual from the exhibition. Cocreators James Blair (M.Arch. '13) and Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) engage the interactive wall.

Sound of Space is a ceramic installation that reveals the relationship between form, sound, light, and space.

Visitors encounter an object. An object unlike any other they have seen before. As they approach the object, light filters through its openings. One man places his ear near an opening where he is serenaded by the humming tune of the object. The participant presses his ear closer to fully experience the object. Its form captures and filters atmospheric noise. Each vessel produces a different harmony, as if speaking multiple languages. Visitors encountered an object. An object unlike any other they had seen before.

Who: James Blair (M.Arch. ’13) and Mia Miyoung Kang (M.Arch. ’13)

What: An interactive digitally crafted ceramic installation where visitors can listen, touch, and examine a wall through various openings that filter atmospheric noise. The installation responds depending on the environment in which it resides. The wall is an assembly of multiple ceramic vessels. Designed digitally and crafted through traditional means, each vessel varies in neck length, as well as front and back openings. The variance in neck length and diameter of openings capture and filter diverse sound to be received and interpreted by the listener.

How: The assembly of digital ceramics derived from nonlinear algorithmic design techniques with digital fabrication and analog making. For the production of ceramic pieces, algorithmic design techniques are combined with digital fabrication via the use of a 4-axis CNC. This harmonic interchange between digital and analog continues throughout the process and production which allows us to loop these processes and to fine tune the listening vessels. We adjust its form which ultimately influences various filtered noise.

Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.