“Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki,” the new outdoor exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Midtown, is dubbed “audible play” and designed to examine how sound can be constructed, altered and experienced.
According to a news release on the exhibition, which will be on display at the High’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza June 24 through Oct. 7, it will feature sculptures from Yuri Suzuki, an internationally acclaimed sound sculpture artist.
“Sonic Playground” continues a multi-year initiative to animate the High’s outdoor space with a site-specific commission designed to engage visitors of all ages in participatory art experience. It will be the High’s first venture in exploring the notion of audible play, meaning how sound can be altered and experienced using colorful sculptures.
The release stated this exhibits help create sounds that are transmitted in unusual, engaging and playful ways. In the release, Virginia Shearer, the High’s director of education, said guests visiting the exhibit would love this new attraction in the piazza.
“They can interact with the sculptures and the guests can interact with one another as they experience the ‘Sonic Playground,’” she said.
Kevin Tucker, the High’s chief curator, said, as in previous years, this latest installation “will welcome visitors of all ages to have fun in the High’s piazza space before heading into the High Museum.”
“Yuri Suzuki is an incredibly talented designer and we at the High Museum of Art are exceptionally pleased to work with him on this delightfully new interaction of our piazza installation series,” Tucker said.
Suzuki, who lives in London, was not available for an interview. But in a video from Nicer Tuesdays, a monthly lecture series hosted by It’s Nice That, a London-based creative design company, he talked about his innovative process.
“The kind of art I practice is really complicated because I'm kind of doing everything. I'm making music. ... I'm making sound," he said, adding it also involves people and cars. “One thing I find fascinating about it is it’s sort of music that’s good for children. It helps with their education.”
Suzuki then talked about his project ‘Ototo.’
“It basically means you can connect any sound with anything, such as a motor, a plant, a spoon, a banana. Then you can play that sound,” he said as a video showed him touching each item attached to the motor, and they each emitted a different sound that originated from the motor.
The release stated “Sonic Playground” would create serendipitous audible experiences among visitors designed to create a sense of community within the piazza, and would include six different type of audible sculptures.
They include Parabolic, which will send sound from one end of the piazza to the other without using any electricity. Another sculpture, called Amplify, has visitors sit near these megaphone-shaped structures which amplify surrounding sounds.
Because the exhibition is outside, admission is free, but if one wants to visit the High’s indoor exhibitions, tickets are free for members and children 5 and under and $14.50 for nonmembers 6 and older.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.high.org.