Space, a sound art?
Space is sound. And everything else. Because we experience the world holistically with all our senses, and not with the eyes or ears or nose alone. Just as spaces are designed for the eyes, they are designed for all the other senses as well. Sound is one component of what constitutes a space. No one distinguishes between a church and it’s contemplative silence, between a busy street and its noise of people, cars, sirens, footsteps, and music, between a theater play and its dialogues, between a film and its soundtrack, between a person and its unique voice, between a train station and its soundscape, between any place and its characteristic sounds.
It is impossible to ignore one of our senses. It is impossible to not design the sound of a staged space. A space cannot be designed only visually — or without taking into account its visual appearance. When we change its visual appearance, of course we change the space and our experience of it. And when we change the sound of a space, we also change our experience of it. As long as we have normal hearing and seeing capacities, we will never experience the space just with our eyes, or with our ears. As space is everything, space is sound, too.