Unheard Voices: An Audio-visual Installation

Nov 10,2019

1971 Design Space, a multi-functional design space dedicated to the display and discussion of all forms of contemporary design, today announces that it will present Unheard Voices D02, the second iteration of the audio-visual installation by Lebanese-Syrian Graphic Designer, Ranim Al Halaky, at Downtown Editions. The exhibition will open to the public on November 12 at booth E17 at Downtown Editions in Downtown Design, as part of Dubai Design Week 2019, and will continue until November 15.

Unheard Voices is a series of visual manifestations of poetry, focusing on the use of Arabic typography, in the Nastaliq style, to physically depict poetic verse, accompanied by the sounds of a number of voices reciting poetry. The experimental and interactive installation is composed of typographic three-dimensional metal letters that combine with the sound of the poetic recitation to create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

Downtown Editions will host the second iteration of Unheard Voices. The inaugural edition, Unheard Voices D01, was commissioned by 1971 - Design Space as part of the RASM Exhibition, curated by Huda Smitshuizen Abifares, and was launched in November 2018. Building on her earlier work, Al Halaky has integrated the use of sound for Unheard Voices D02, to add another dimension to the installation.

The Dubai-based, award-winning, designer specialises in the use of Arabic typography as a visual element. Her work and research range across mediums and disciplines, including the use of print and three-dimensional objects, and the creation of spacial experiences and experimental designs.

Fatma Al Mahmoud, Head of 1971 - Design Space, said “The first edition of Unheard Voices was very well received by the community and we wanted to continue to expand on Ranim’s typographic experimentation - including the development of the three-dimensional letters - whilst integrating an additional sensory experience to create a more interactive and overall engaging installation.”


The exhibition will open to the public at booth E17, at Downtown Editions in Downtown Design, as part of Dubai Design Week and will run until November 15.