On 10 April 2017 at 16:00 CET the Luisterhuis (The Listening House) a new architectural sculpture and sound installation by Machiel Spaan/M3H Architects (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music composition), is shown for the first time to the public. It is part of the Dolls’ House Project, a traveling exhibition of model houses, each designed and made by renowned Dutch architects. The accompanying book is presented on 10 April 2017 at 16:00 at Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Welcome!
The Dolls’ House Project is initiated and curated by the architect Peter Masselink as a benefit exhibition in order to enhance awareness about genetic diseases involving congenital disorders of metabolism: the Inborn error of metabolism. A series of exhibitions of twenty sculpture throughout The Netherlands during 2017 and 2018 is to be concluded by an auction sale of all sculptures; the revenue will be donated to scientific research on the disease.
Luisterhuis (2017, The Listening House), a collaboration by Hirs and Spaan, can be regarded as the successor of their location specific interactive sound and poetry app Curvices (2013) with virtual listening rooms, spatially designed by Spaan. The outdoor spaces can be explored by walking through the museum park Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium (2013- present), Citadel, Den Bosch (2014-present), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsteram (2015-2016). The GPS technology localizes the listener’s position and triggers the respective song or soundtrack. In The Listening House the rooms are actually physically present as part of the model, an abstract dolls’ house, designed by Spaan. Again each room possesses its own soundtrack. The rooms and their respective sounds can be explored by walking around the model and approaching the desired rooms. Sensors sense the proximity of the listener and trigger the corresponding sounds signifying the environment and function of the spaces.
With special thanks to Casper Schipper (electronic wiring setup of speakers and sensors), Layla Hollestelle and Menno Ubink (technical support).