Visitors walk along a gravel path, trying to be as quiet as possible. As they listen to the crunch of gravel, they try different ways of walking—on tiptoe, perhaps, or at a different speed—paying attention to small changes in the noise level. A sound meter displays a “noise score” so visitors can check their perceptions, and a short film offers tips for extra-quiet walking.
We’re almost constantly bombarded by a wide range of sounds, most of which we tune out. This exhibit provides an experience in listening attentively to sounds we would normally ignore.
This exhibit is not currently on view due to the temporary exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, which runs May 27–September 5, 2016.