KIMA: Noise

6 Sep 2019 – 8 Sep 2019

Regular hours

Fri, 06 Sep
11:00 – 17:0019:00 – 22:00
Sat, 07 Sep
11:00 – 17:00
Sun, 08 Sep
11:00 – 17:00

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How do urban noises affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing? From 6-8 September a new participatory art project ‘KIMA: Noise’ will explore the effects of noise on well-being through an interactive installation at Maxilla Space, North Kensington.


Visitors are invited to draw trajectories of noise and to experience these shapes as geometric sound sculptures in the gallery of Maxilla Space. Furthermore, audiences can feel urban noises as standing waves around them and view the visual expression of urban noise on a holographic display. The project brings together experts on urban noise such as Prof. Stephen Stansfeld, with local communities and the general public to exchange ideas and creative strategies for dealing with noise.

On Sunday, the 8th of September, we invite local audiences to take part in a workshop with leading expert Prof. Stephen Stansfield and Analema Group’s artist collective and to share their own experiences on the effects of noise. Interviews with local residents will form part of a documentary to be presented at the Tate in November 2019! 

KIMA: Noise runs daily from the  6th to the 8th of September at ACAVA’s Maxilla Space, from 11 am to 5 pm and is free and open for everyone.

London is a major city with noise problems just like any other large metropolitan area. This noise pollution, ranging from effects generated by the nuisance of traffic to aeroplane hums, disrupts everyday life and affects us, whether we are aware of it or not. Although a multitude of sources contributes to this urban noise pollution, an ordinary citizen might only be aware of a  general hum. 

‘KIMA: Noise’ invites audiences to experience the ‘ocean of sounds’ surrounding them daily in a completely new way. Real-time city noises are analysed and represented spatially through an ambisonic experience and as projection. 

Microphone stations will capture sounds from the nearby Westway and display it as an immersive surround sound installation within the space of Maxilla Space. External, urban sounds will be displayed spatially as a 3-dimensional, invisible sound sculpture. Noise will traverse the space, for the audience to discover sonically and spatially. A visual representation of sounds, drawn from the immediate vicinity of the Westway will be projected within its context. 

By interacting with urban noise, through sound, vision, and graphic scores, the audience will re-contextualise sound and engage with it. The setup at Maxilla Space is part of a year-long collaboration with Prof Stephen Stansfeld, a leading expert on noise. This artistic development will lead to a residency and an event at Tate Exchange 20-24 November 2019. The project involves institutions such as Queen Mary University as well as the EMERGE centre and the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. KIMA: Noise opens discussions and collaborations with local residents and community organisations and raises awareness about urban noise. 

Address: ACAVA’s Maxilla Space, 4 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ, London

Opening Event

6th of September 19.00pm


6th – 8th of September, 11.00am – 17.00pm


8th of September, 14.00pm

Workshop registration:



Alain Renaud

Oliver Gingrich

Evgenia Emets

Analema Group

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Evgenia Emets

Oliver Gingrich

Analema Group

Alain Renaud

David Negrao


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