Invisible rooms of sound
No sign of Jonas Dahlberg’s work of art is visible in Tham Videgård’s new building. But on entering, we encounter invisible rooms of sound. A quiet voice, up close, describes a memory of a room from a movie. Jonas Dahlberg guides the visitor’s steps from a physical into an imaginary architecture, giving each viewer a personal experience and the possibility of seeing the rich store of spatial images that we all carry within ourselves.
An Imagined City is a permanent installation at the new KTH School of Architecture, where the artist has created the work very specifically for the site and the activities there. Dahlberg gives students and teachers the opportunity for a short moment to exchange the physical architectural space for an architecture of imagination and memory. Concealed in the ceiling are twelve ultrasound speakers that direct the sound so that it can only be heard by those standing immediately beneath them. Nine voices relate more than five hundred memories collected by Dahlberg from hundreds of different people and edited by the author Astrid Trotzig.
In recent years, the Public Art Agency Sweden has widened its concept of what constitutes public art. Dahlberg’s work is one example of how permanent art works can include all the forms of expression that artists use, including sound.