For three weeks a live audio feed of the Dorset shoreline played out of speakers mounted onto the façade of Wellcome Collection with White Sound: an urban seascape, a newly commissioned work by Bill Fontana at Wellcome Collection. Sounds of crashing waves envelope the building and the surrounding public to create an entirely new acoustic architecture that challenges our sense of place and dissolves the physical sensation of being in the city within an experience of the tidal rhythms of the sea.
Sitting in traffic queues, time can appear to slow painfully, but the seascape evokes a natural activity that moves towards a deeper time: a continuous cycle carried over thousands of years. Placing the hypnotic sound of Chesil Beach on the congested Euston Road, White Sound raises questions about our understanding of stillness and movement, in both urban and natural environments.
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