“SOUNDS OF SILENCE” AT THE MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATION BERN

Museum fuer Kommunikation Bern Sounds of Silence

The exhibition “Sounds of Silence” at the Museum of Communication Bern displays silence. How can silence possibly be displayed or made audible?

In the exhibition space, there are no classic exhibits, no touch screen stations, no explanation films, no texts, and no info boards. The exhibition is designed almost entirely by means of sound. Sounds of Silence has been conceptualised as a three-dimensional soundscape, in which acoustics have centre stage, by the Museum of Communication supported by idee und klang and ZMIK.

Thanks to the intuitive freedom of movement with usomo, it seems as if one were drifting through the open space like in a dream. This effect is further intensified because perception detaches from material objects and shifts completely to the hearing. An almost meditative state develops in which observation shifts from the outside to the inside. Not coincidentally, a discourse of a zen master from the Valais mountains about the topic of silence is part of the soundscape. Visual and haptic triggers are reduced to the absolute essentials. The space contains no objects except for some film projections that show, amongst others, a calm and soothing snow landscape, and for semi-transparent dividers made from filigree threads and some freely distributed seats. It is designed primarily in minimalistic black-and-white, reminiscent of Op Art, interrupted only by a few colourful spots. Thereby, the audible elements consistently maintain their presence on the journey through the space.

The atmosphere that arises mirrors the core of the exhibition concept: the reflection on silence in full concentration on it. How is silence defined? What makes it so very valuable and desirable? Why is it so hard to find and concurrently so hard to stand?

Museum of Communication, Bern
9 November 2018 to 7 July 2019

Curation: Kurt Stadelmann
Sound Design: idee und klang
Scenography: ZMIK spacial design
Soundsystem and spatial audio production: usomo by FRAMED immersive projects
Photography: Digitale Massarbeit


Awards

2020 | Gold | BrandEx Award | Architecture
2019 | Winner | International Sound Awards | Soundscapes and Ambient Sound
2019 | Bronze | DDC Gute Gestaltung | Spaces
2019 | iF Design Award


Press & Media

Plot Magazine
Sounds of Silence

Neue Züricher Zeitung
Der süße, verstörende Klang der Stille

Berner Zeitung
“Stille ist nichts für Feiglinge”

Berner Oberländer
Planet Stille. Interview mit Kurt Stadelmann

La Liberté
Le Musée de la communication expose le silence

Create Digital Music
An exploration of silence, in a new exhibition in Switzerland

Idee und Klang Audio Design
Radio SRF 2 Kultur – Rundgang Durch Sounds Of Silence (radio)

Radio Bern RaBe
Sounds of Silence – Stille ist nichts für Feiglinge (radio)


Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

Sounds of Silence im Museum für Kommunikation Bern © Digitale Massarbeit

All photos © Digitale Massarbeit