Sonic Bed_Shanghai is a sonic and social experiment exploring our perception of sound. It presents an oversized king-size bed which looks much like a large wooden tank with steps to climb up to get in it. Visitors are invited to remove their shoes and come lie in and enjoy the specially constructed composition vibrating through and moving up, down and around them as they lie. Subtle, dynamic, at times beyond hearing, Sonic Bed_Shanghai plays music to feel rather than just listen to.
Sonic Bed_Shanghai is the first in a world wide series of sonic beds designed and composed for by Kaffe Matthews in collaboration with David Muth. The original version, Sonic Bed_London (2005), was commissioned, built and exhibited in London since when the project to build 12 localized beds in 12 different countries around the world was conceived. Each of these worldwide beds will use the same design as the original London version, but be built locally with a new sound work being made by Kaffe in the first instance using site specific sound material of that country.
The sound work, "Horn" currently playing in Sonic Bed_Shanghai was made by Kaffe using sounds recorded in and around the Bund and the Huangpu river during field visits in December and February 2005-2006.
Sonic Bed is a unique art work, commissioned by Electra, supported by Arts Council of England and Women in Music, conceived and directed by Kaffe Matthews 2002 and realised in November 2005.
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Media 4 x wooden side panels. 1 x flame retardant foam mattress. Cushions and cover. Multi channel sound system. 220V mains electricity.