speechless: different by design

November 10, 2019 to March 22, 2020 | Chilton I and Chilton II Galleries
Steven and William Ladd, Scroll Space, 2019. Photo: Matt CheckowskiMisha Kahn, new work for Speechless, computer generated rendering, 2019. Courtesy of Misha Kahn.Yuri Suzuki, Sound of the Earth Chapter 2, rendering, 2019. Photo © Pentagram. Ini Archibong, Photo: Frank JuereyLaurie Haycock Makela, Photo: Carmela MakelaMatt Checkowski, Photo: Shawn Michienzi

Explore the many ways in which we connect to the world around us through our senses in speechless: different by design, an exhibition of multisensory, interactive, and immersive experiences for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities. Created in collaboration with designers, scholars, and scientists, speechless presents unique opportunities for discovering new perspectives through communications beyond speech and words.

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art, speechless: different by design will debut site-specific installations and new commissions by six leading and emerging international designers and design teams—Ini Archibong, Matt Checkowski, Misha Kahn, Steven and William Ladd, Laurie Haycock Makela, and Yuri Suzuki. Their new works will create participatory environments in which senses are merged or substituted for one another—for instance, sound will become visible and language will become tactile—so that visitors can engage with their surroundings in new and unconventional ways.

We need YOU to make this exhibition complete! Share your sounds from around the world to be included in Yuri Suzuki’s new work that integrates audio clips into an interactive installation: Sound of the Earth Chapter 2. Click here to become part of the art.


Late Night Curator Talk: Speechless: Different by Design

Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Hear DMA curator Sarah Schleuning talk about the new exhibition speechless: different by design, which brings together immersive new work by six designers and design teams to explore the ways in which we connect to the world around us through our senses.



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