The project – Singing Buildings

Wendy Jacob is an artist and researcher involved with expanding the sensory dimensions of art, including research on the tactility of sound for the hearing impaired. In 2008 she founded and led the Autism Studio at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developing new and creative responses for living with autism. Wendy Jacob proposes to make … Continue reading The project – Singing Buildings

Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

   Has working with the sound diaries changed how you work with the individuals at Cherry Road? Kingsley: Working on the Sound Diary Project has brought my attention to how I work with Nicola and Donald on a more individual basis. I am aware that there are similarities between Donald and Nicola however through the process … Continue reading Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

Wendy Jacob Sound Project

To physically demonstrate how the different sounds feel, the artist introduced a weather balloon. Activated by a transducer, the balloon carried the vibratory signals of the various sounds. By touching the balloon, staff were able to gain a different experience of the sounds that surround Nicola and Donald. Over time the artist will work with … Continue reading Wendy Jacob Sound Project

Sketched ideas for sound spots

Illustration of future art work by Wendy Jacob. The artist will create "sound spots" in the building, places where Donald and Nicola can sit, lean or lie to experience sound as tactile sensation. We requested this drawing from Wendy to illustrate what she wanted to achieve in the longer term. It allowed staff and family … Continue reading Sketched ideas for sound spots

buildings that sing – a letter from Wendy Jacob

Dear all, It was good to visit Cherry Rd and hear firsthand the sounds you have been chronicling all fall. It was also good to see all of YOU! The sounds of Cherry Road are complicated, with both constant and unexpected sounds layered one on top of the other. Marcin and I were able to … Continue reading buildings that sing – a letter from Wendy Jacob

Spreading the word – it’s all in the detail

To ensure that staff understood the relevance of collating information on the sounds that interested the people they worked with, we flooded the centre with sound portraits. Each portrait used the information staff members had given in note form and ever so slightly reworked it. They loved it! They said that it helped them make … Continue reading Spreading the word – it’s all in the detail