No such thing as empty space

No such thing as empty space

‘No such thing as empty space’ – an immersive audio installation by deafblind charity Sense at MK Gallery

‘No such thing as empty space’ a sound project by Matt Lewis and Sense, the national deafblind charity is on at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes over the weekend of 5-6 September.

Sound artist Matt Lewis collaborated for six months with people with sensory impairments to create an immersive audio installation. As part of the project, over eighty people from around the country took part in creative sessions involving music making, improvisation, field recordings and composing.

Field recordings drawn from airports and stations to cathedrals and swimming pools as well as experimental music produced by the participants during the project were used for the installation.

Matt Lewis said:

“We wanted to ask the question – How can we perceive sound without using our hearing?

“Our immersive sound project creatively explores the extremes, deficits and vagaries of auditory and haptic perception. The intention was not merely to recreate aspects of the deafblind experience, but to shed light on the intricacies of human perception in general.”

Audience members will be able to try out ambisonic systems, sub bass vests and syntonic speakers as part of the installation. The project that has been supported using public funding from Arts Council England has also involved the input of audiologists, sound designers, musicians and neuropsychologists.

Simon Wright, Curator of Public Programmes at MK Gallery said:

“We are delighted to be hosting Matt Lewis and Sense’s immersive audio installation, and to be able to provide our visitors with this unique opportunity to consider and experience various aspects of sensory perception.”

‘No such thing as empty space’ – Saturday 5 September (11am-8pm) & Sunday 6 September (11am-5pm) at MK Gallery Project Space, 900 Midsummer Blvd Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA. Entry is free.

Sense is a national charity that has supported and campaigned for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years. Further information can be found on Sense’s website –

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