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The Future Of Sound Art Is A Huggable Ball | The Creators Project

Public art is not always as engaging as this one, or as driven by physics and learning.

Public artworks also don’t often include life-sized balloons— but that hasn’t stopped UK artists Alison Ballard and Mike Blow from creating them. POD is an interactive sound installation that allows viewers to experience the physical life of sound waves through the skins of two, six-foot-tall inflatable spheres. The surfaces of POD pulsate in rhythm with a sound file that plays from deep within the sphMassive Sound Pillows Were Meant To Be Huggedere. Audience members are invited to drape their faces and bodies over these surface, free to enjoy POD’s gentle massage.

The simple premise and no-fuss approach to technology makes the prospect of future collaborations a no-brainer for Alison Ballard AB and Mike Blow MB. With the help and support of Edmund Harcourt, organizer of the one-night-only experimental sound festival Wycombe Listening and head of Hogarth marketing agency, have already begun to implement exciting new directions for POD, including collaborations with spoken word poets, and spatially-organized musical compositions that use the sculptures as instruments.

read the interview with the artists and learn about why they chose a huge sound balloon as their big project at The Future Of Sound Art Is A Huggable Ball | The Creators Project.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.