experimental space /Music, Space and Architecture exhibition at a rca m
J.S. Bach’s Invention No. One in C Major, Jan Hoogstad Vedute Foundation/nai, Rotterdam (manuscript 0120) Hoogstad’s spatial manuscript from the partial collection ‘Acoustic Architecture – Architectural Acoustics’ curated by the Vedute Foundation is based on the concept that sound by its very nature offers the opportunity to determine distances in space. One important reference is that blind people appear to be able to recognize shapes based on hearing. The manuscript in the exhibition can be seen as a follow-up to previous experiments in ‘musical architecture’, an architectural theory formulated by Hoogstad and informed by his conviction that spatial definition is the essence of architecture and is based on spatial systems according to the model of music theory. The piece shows how the Bach composition fits together like a puzzle. The distances between the notes are displayed graphically, while the frequencies (which indicate the height of the notes) are converted into surfaces. All the tones thus receive their own position in space and in relation to each other.