Jamie xx has created a sound installation for London’s National Gallery
The National Gallery in London is playing host to a new exhibit called Soundscapes: Listening to Paintings. Six sound artists and musicians, including Jamie xx, have been invited to select a painting from the gallery’s collection and create a new auditory work in response to it.
Jamie XX — who chose Théo van Rysselberghe’s painting “Coastal Scene” — and the five other sound artists — Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Gabriel Yared, Nico Muhly, and Susan Philipz — will have their works presented in separate soundproofed rooms at the National Gallery which will be the only place that the music can be heard.
Jamie’s creation is called “Ultramarine” and can be experienced at the gallery July 8 through September 6. The purpose of the bringing together music and paintings, explained National Gallery director Dr. Nicholas Penny, is because “when sounds have been composed in response to a work of art they can encourage – even compel – concentration. Furthermore, it can combine with an image to captivate and transport us. Silence, afterwards, is not the same.”