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  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition view: x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph depicts a all wooden climbing frame with two black fabric swings a slide and ladder

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition view: x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Polyphonic Playground| Graphic: x Studio Wayne McGregor| Crossovers Festivals 30-21 July 2016| Image depicts black graphic with white rounded text reading "Polyphonic Playground"

    Polyphonic Playground| Graphic: x Studio Wayne McGregor| Crossovers Festivals 30-21 July 2016

  • Polyphonic Playground|Exhibition View of slide : x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph depicts installation overview of wooden frame playground with focus on wide black panel acting as slide

    Polyphonic Playground|Exhibition Installation view of slide : x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition installation: Interactive| x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph depicts a close up of a persons hand touching interactive wooden rung of playground

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition installation: Interactive| x Studio Wayne McGregor, London| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Polyphonic Playground| Performance and audience,

    Polyphonic Playground| Performance and audience, 'Thigmo' by Eleesha Drennan| x Studio Wayne McGregor| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Polyphonic Playground| Close- up performance: Hanging red gloves,

    Polyphonic Playground| Close- up performance: Hanging red gloves,'Thigmo' by Eleesha Drennan| x Studio Wayne McGregor| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Polyphonic Playground| Polyphonic Playground at the House of Vans| Graphic depicts a black background and white linear geometrical pattern on front with

    Polyphonic Playground| Polyphonic Playground at the House of Vans, 30th Jan- 21st Feb 2016| Graphic

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition low overview| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts a low angle shot of the rectangular structural element of the wooden playground

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition low overview| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground at Ventura Lambrate

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition overview| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts the wooden frame playground installation from alternative view with a table and speaker in background

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition overview| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground|Ladder| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts close-up of wooden ladder rungs that have the black linear lines

    Polyphonic Playground|Ladder| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition view: touch| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts a closeup of a forearm and hand, hand touching a wooden ladder rung with sensory black lines on

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition view: touch| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground| Wires| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts a photograph close- up of two wooden frames meeting from the playground installation with wire wrapped around the two and two small control boards either side

    Polyphonic Playground| Wires| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition installation interaction| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph depicts a white walled exhibition space with wooden playground frame and black material swings with audience interacting with ladder feature

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition installation interaction| Ventura Lambrate, Milan| Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

  • Polyphonic Playground| Ventura Lambrate, Milan|Lead Graphic |mage depicts lead graphic that has an off white background and electronic black linear line pattern one the top

    Polyphonic Playground| Ventura Lambrate, Milan|Lead Graphic |Photograph by Carlos Jiménez

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  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview| Assemble Miami| Photograph depicts an exhibition overview of the playgrounds wooden construction lit from the ground by lights

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview: Slide| Assemble Miami| Photograph depicts slide made from a transparent plastic back lit by a light showing the wooden structure and black lines running across the slide

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview: Slide| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Close-up| Assemble Miami| Photograph depicts close up of wooden ladder rung with black sensory lines running along the wood

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Close-up| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Close-up: Swing| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado| Photograph depicts a close up of a white fabric swing

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Close-up: Swing| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Installation: young people interacting| Assemble Miami| Photograph depicts young people reaching for the interactive ladder rungs of the playground

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Installation: young people interacting| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview: People on swings| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado| Image depicts a timber framework that has been built to create the iconic playground pieces at adult scal

    Polyphonic Playground| Exhibition Overview: People on swings| Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

  • Polyphonic Playground|Graphic: Polyphonic playground black and white | Assemble Miami| Image depicts a black graphic with white writing and white outlines of shapes: a quadrilateral a rectangle divided into 3 creating a linear, minimalistic graphic

    Polyphonic Playground|Graphic: Polyphonic playground black and white | Assemble Miami| Photograph by Chris Delgado

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Studio PSK

Polyphonic Playground at Museum of Art and Design, New York

Polyphonic Playground is a ground-breaking, playable structure commissioned by Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion and designed by Studio PSK . It was last on display at Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound at the Museum of Art and Design, New York from 22 August 2017 – 11 February 2018.

Inspired by the inherent joy of using playgrounds as a child, this installation encourages adults to re-discover this experience of play. Taking the archetypal elements of a playground – swings, slides, climbing frame – and combining them with the musical mastery of beatboxer Reeps One, a landscape of playground activities are transformed into musical instruments when used. A timber framework creates the iconic playground pieces at adult scale. Combining these with custom electronics, woven electronic textile and BARE conductive paint, each object gains another level of interactivity.

The installation was previously shown at Maintenant Festival in Rennes, France, Crossover Festival in the Olympic Park, London, the House of Vans in London, at LCF Mare Street as part of London Design Festival in September 2015, at Ventura Lambrate in Milan during the Salone di Milano in April 2015 and in Miami during Art Basel in December 2014.

Various iterations of the project continue to be produced and showcased to engage with different audiences and varying soundscapes across the world – turning our built environment into a versatile instrument.

Previous appearances:

7 October – 16 October 2016, Maintenant Festival, Théâtre du Vieux St-Etienne, 14 rue d’Échange, Rennes France

30 July – 31 July 2016, Crossovers, Polyphonic Playground x Studio Wayne McGregor, Here East,  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS

29 January – 21 February 2016, House of Vans, Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW

23 – 27 September 2015, London Design Festival, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London E8 3RE

14 – 19 April 2015, Ventura LambrateMilan

6-7 December 2014, Assemble Miami, Wynwood, Miami

 

Polyphonic Playground was commissioned and curated by Ligaya Salazar with Polona Dolžan, Assistant Curator

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