City of Sound is about cities, design, architecture, music, media, politics and more. Written by Dan Hill since 2001.

Four exhibitions, London

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Public Address System, Henry Peacock gallery

Typography-based exhibition at the Henry Peacock gallery, Foley Street, W1, with a stellar cast of graphic designers: Margaret Calvert, The Designers Republic, Experimental Jetset, Alan Fletcher, Kim Hiorthøy, Angus Hyland (Pentagram), Alan Kitching, Morag Myerscough, Erik Spiekermann …

"For this exhibition 40 designers have created a poster that interprets a speech. At the heart of the brief is a paradox that defines the function of typography: A poster is an object that you see but speech is purely sound. It is the task of the typographer to bridge this gap and give printed words the voice and personality of spoken language. But more than anything this exhibition is about bringing the so called  "applied arts" back into fold of contemporary art and to show a new audience what typography can do."

I’m extremely pleased that one of our fine designers at BBC Radio & Music Interactive, Paul Finn, is part of that stellar cast, exhibiting his work Together We Are Robots. Nice one, Paul!

Paul Schütze, Alan Cristea gallery

My friend Paul Schütze has a show on at the Alan Cristea gallery on Cork St. His work is quite beautiful and the thinking behind it will be of interest to many readers, I suspect:

"Vertical memory, which includes printworks and two installations, explores the collapsing of structures and narratives in sound and architecture. It is the culmination of the investigation of architectural space, soundscapes and the notions of memory and consciousness that has permeated Schütze’s work throughout his career. The term vertical memory itself refers to Schütze’s concept of compressed experiences: "Vertical memories are what I call poetic compressions of experience and information in which all elements of a complex and maybe linear experience are recalled simultaneously as an impression."

Enlightenment, British Museum

One for all budding information architects out there, the Enlightenment exhibition at the British Museum describes the burgeoning fascination with collection and classification during the 17thC. An old-fashioned exhibition in the best sense – beautiful things in glass cases (an orrery here, a stuffed platypus there). Fabulous to visit whilst reading Quicksilver!

"(This) new display explores a period which saw the development of a systematic approach to the way that people understood the world of nature and human achievement, a period which saw the founding of the British Museum itself."

How To Live In A Flat, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

Small but perfectly-formed exhibition at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University, Barnet, covering the complex English relationship with the flat. Nicely realised, with some beautiful pieces (a photomontage advert for the Isokon is quite extraordinary) including much wondrous art deco, the exhibition only adds to the mystery of why the Barbican was the only real descendent of the Isokon.

"Purpose-built flats for the middle classes were a new phenomenon of the 1920s and 30s. They were the height of modernity – small yet convenient, with the most up-to-the-minute facilities and appliances – and were promoted as offering luxury, style and sophistication. This exhibition looks at the planning, the equipment, the furnishing and the lifestyle associated with this alternative to the family home."


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