Supersonix – an Exhibition Road Cultural Group 2012 project

Supersonix was an international celebration of the art and science of sound in all its complexity. Taking place in London’s cultural heartland in 2012, the city’s Olympics year, it led academic and mainstream public audiences on a journey through experiments, lectures, workshops and interactive technology within and around the Exhibition Road cultural quarter’s world-famous colleges, museums, concert halls, cultural institutes, historic buildings and research centres. The first major project in the area following completion of the landmark £28m Exhibition Road redevelopment scheme, Supersonix comprised:

  • artist residencies and visiting professorships at the Science Museum, V&A Museum and Royal College of Art (Jan-Oct 2012)
  • site-specific work and new commissions (June 2012)
  • three-day international conference (in partnership with the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Europe) bringing together 300 artists, scientists and practitioners in the field of sonic art and science (21-23 Jun 2012; click Programme to download the programme as a PDF)
  • Music Day, an established day-long free music festival across the iconic indoor and outdoor spaces of the Exhibition Road area (23 June 2012)

Supersonix encouraged the broadest audiences to experience London’s cultural heartland in a new way, through the shared theme of sound. It set out to:

  • demystify contemporary scientific and artistic practice through public engagement and participation
  • investigate new ways of thinking about sound
  • examine the processes involved in hearing
  • explore the history of listening
  • showcase latest developments in scientific research and sound technology
  • provide opportunities for sound artists to work with world-leading institutions and their collections

Supersonix was an Exhibition Road Cultural Group project and brought together: Austrian Cultural Forum; Goethe-Institut; Imperial College London; Institut francais; The Ismaili Centre; Kensington Palace; Natural History Museum; Royal Albert Hall; Royal College of Art; Royal College of Music; Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851; Royal Geographical Society; The Royal Parks; Science Museum; Serpentine Gallery; V&A.