Dundee, a city long-synonymous with tangerines, Desperate Dan, and premium golden fibres is now also the site for one of the world's most exciting design museums.
The V&A Dundee, designed by none other than Kengo Kuma, opened its doors in summer 2018, and to coincide with the reopening, our sonic collaboration brings visitors to a greater appreciation of the space + its visionary architecture.
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THE V&A DUNDEE [15 images]
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EXPLORE THE V&A Through site-specific sound works
Composer-percussionist Midori Takada created a soundtrack for the inside of the museum, inspired by Kuma's use of timber – with the vast wooden interior panels brought into a world of sound through sensitive marimba instrumentation.
Her piece also evokes something of Dundee's seafaring past, and the V&A's position at the forefront of its maritime present in the Tay Estuary, with references to the water and whales who live within it.
MSCTY x V&A Dundee
Our MSCTY x V&A Dundee project brings the fruits of a collaboration linking Scotland + Japan through innovative architecture and music.
With Kengo Kuma's iconic structure that has redefined the great city's landscape as our starting point, Japanese ambient pioneer Midori Takada soundtracks the interior of the design museum, while Dundee-based artist SHHE worked with us to produce a site-specific response to the museum's exterior.
Part 3: Whales Dreaming of the Hill [クジラは丘を夢見る] Midori Takada
~ | Extract from the live installation recorded Sunday 22 August 2021, 14:48 BST [Sea level 4.9; Humidity 84.6; Temperature 18; Wind Speed 11; Visibility 24000] SHHE
Inspired by notions of impermanence, SHHE's durational work "~" for the V&A's exterior is shaped by the elemental surrounds of the museum's location – with the Tay Estuary serving as a jump-off point from which to explore spatial and temporal themes that permeate nature.
The installation invites a dynamic approach to listening, gently guiding focus and attention to the natural sonic environments present in
the plaza space + public walkways.
Exploring and examining the role of nature as a composer
Developed in collaboration with artists and designers Tommy Perman and Simon Kirby, SHHE'S work reflects and resonates the living-breathing aquatic soundworlds of the Tay and Kuma's landscaped pools to create a live optical soundtrack:
With real-time sonic responses to the movements of the water, passers-by, and even changes in the atmosphere, a constantly-evolving sonic experience has been created that ensures every audio encounter is unique.
FURTHER READING FROM SHHE COLLABORATOR TOMMY PERMAN