2016 Official Art Installation
This installation made registrants find the essence of SXSW through its polar opposite. Silent Room by Dutch London-based artist Simon Heijdens was a space engineered to filter out any sound or color – a black hole right in the heart of the sensory overload that is South By Southwest. In this 40′ long room visitors walked through alone, excluded from any other visual or audible manifestation but themselves. Eventually, as ears and senses adapt, in the silence the visitor becomes the sound. The effect of the anechoic chamber has been described as ‘unbalancing’, ‘disconcerting’ and ‘hallucinative’ – it is said no person has ever been able to be more than 45 minutes.
Experience the overwhelming sensation of absolute and complete silence – a rare, completely unmediated state of nothingness.
Supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The University of Texas at Austin Acoustics Program, Auralex Acoustics, SXSW, Stimuleringsfonds, Fine Line Remodeling.