Architecture Acoustique: Sounding the Carpenter Center


Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Level 1 + 3, CRC/bookshop, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
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Ernst Karel, Andy Graydon, Sam Auinger with Pieranna Cavalchini.

In collaboration with the exhibition Listen Hear: The Art of Sound at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, sound artist and Harvard faculty Ernst Karel will play the Carpenter Center for an evening event of sound interventions throughout the Le Corbusier building. Following will be a discussion about sound, architecture, and the city with Karel, artists Sam Auinger and Andy Graydon, and exhibition curator Pieranna Cavalchini. Curator and CCVA interim director Dina Deitsch will moderate the panel.

The design and conception of the Carpenter Center is rife with acoustic metaphors and concerns. Le Corbusier’s original sketch of the building centered on an ascending spiral that would carry “electric ringing sounds,” inspired by the university’s bell towers and the curved concrete spaces remain notorious echo chambers for voices, music, and even the roar of a city bus. Le Corbusier used the term “Architecture Acoustique” to refer not just to a building’s sound properties, which deeply concerned his later designs, but the effect of a work on its surroundings and subsequent capacity to reorder behavior and movement.

The event will utilize the Carpenter Center’s distinctive acoustic properties and delve into the current field of experimental sound as a spatial form. There will be listening portions to this event on Level 1, followed by a discussion with the artists and curators on Level 3, CRC/bookshop.