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Harmonics in Space, a sensorily engaging and restorative world: A restorative space meant to soothe, relax and heal. This exhibition is about looking after you. It’s inclusiveness addresses Fred’s concern about the future of human nature becoming introverted, isolated and immobile. Let go of instant gratification from constant scrolling and over stimulation which shortens attention span.

Harmonics in Space - Entrance

Keeping with the polygonal theme, a triangular shaped entrance provides access to the exhibition.

Harmonics in Space - Casing

A series of coloured and transparent triangles make the case or shell that holds the exhibition.

Harmonics in Space - Exhibition

An overall view of Harmonics in Space.

Harmonics in Space - Structure

Healing spheres and sculptures are the most noticeable aspects of the environment.

Harmonics in Space - Floors

The floors of the gallery were covered with a soft foam.

Harmonics in Space - Window

The exhibition could be viewed from outside the museum, through the large glass windows.

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News 01 Jun 2018

Harmonics in Space - A momentary oasis of wellbeing by Fred Butler

In an effort to uplift the spirits of melancholic Londoners brought down by the city’s seasonal weather, Fred Butler designed the exhibition “Harmonics in Space”. Believing that light, sound, touch and movement directly impact a person’s mood and energy levels, Fred conceptualised a colourful and interactive space that was realised in the Greenwich Peninsula, south-east London. The exhibition “Harmonics in Space” was held between 28 February to 29 April 2018, and provided gallery visitors with an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a playful yet peaceful environment.

Designer Fred Butler created a sensorily engaging and restorative world to encourage wellbeing and tranquility. The exhibition saw NOW Gallery transformed into a multidimensional and multi-coloured space meant to heal and soothe, while acting as a remedy for Londoners with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) brought about by the cold and gloom of the city.

Harmonics in Space, a sensorily engaging and restorative world: A restorative space meant to soothe, relax and heal. This exhibition is about looking after you. It’s inclusiveness addresses Fred’s concern about the future of human nature becoming introverted, isolated and immobile. Let go of instant gratification from constant scrolling and over stimulation which shortens attention span.

Harmonics in Space was also inspired by Fred’s concern over the rising number of people becoming increasingly introverted, isolated and technologically dependant. Most of us are over-stimulated with constant streams of imagery and messaging from our devices that we now have shorter attention spans and difficulty disconnecting from the noise around us. Fred explains that Harmonics in Space was meant to encourage you to take a step back from everyday life, stand, breathe, move and expand your chest. To engage the whole body and allow individuals to tap into the awareness of being alive.

Harmonics in Space - Entrance

Keeping with the polygonal theme, a triangular shaped entrance provides access to the exhibition.

Harmonics in Space - Casing

A series of coloured and transparent triangles make the case or shell that holds the exhibition.

“NOW Gallery transformed into a multidimensional and multi-coloured space meant to heal and soothe, while acting as a remedy for Londoners with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)”

Sight

The exhibition was made to look like it was entirely made up of various polygonal (primarily triangular) and polyhedral shapes and sculptures. This aesthetic choice was brought about by Fred’s study of Rudolf Laban’s Space Harmony, a theory based on universal patterns of nature and universal order. According to Laban, the body is made up of several polyhedral shapes with the tetrahedron being the smallest and occupying the centre. Tetrahedral vibrations are said to relate to breathing and environmental awareness and, according to Fred, said tetrahedron will get blocked with constant deskwork and hunching over electronics devices.

Harmonics in Space - Exhibition

An overall view of Harmonics in Space.

Fred is also of the opinion that colour can charge us energetically as well as alter moods and emotions. The “healing spheres” in the exhibition allowed visitors to submerge their heads into them to experience a series of colourful lights that stimulate the imagination and encourage “interplay between the conscious and unconscious levels of the psyche”. Colour has always been an intrinsic part of Fred’s practice as she uses it as a tool to “attract, inspire and excite a new audience”.

Harmonics in Space - Structure

Healing spheres and sculptures are the most noticeable aspects of the environment.

“This aesthetic choice was brought about by Fred’s study of Rudolf Laban’s Space Harmony, a theory based on universal patterns of nature and universal order.”

Sound

Expanding on the “harmonics” aspect of the installation, people were also given the option to use wireless headphones that would allow them to listen to a soundtrack created specifically for the exhibition.

Harmonics in Space - Floors

The floors of the gallery were covered with a soft foam.

Touch

Additionally, Harmonics in Space invited visitors to sit on the soft foam floors and participate in origami. It is worth noting that due to the nature of the art form (three-dimensional shapes derived from folding paper), origami sculptures tend to be composed of several polygonal shapes as well. This portion of the exhibition was meant to enable those participating to completely tune into the task at hand while seamlessly disconnecting from other thoughts and distractions, leaving them in a meditative state.

These interactive, stimulating and attention-holding aspects of the exhibition made ignoring phones and other devices, effortless. Additionally, gallery visitors were given thirty minutes to enjoy the installation which made them consciously decide to make the most of their time.

Harmonics in Space - Window

The exhibition could be viewed from outside the museum, through the large glass windows.

For more on Fred Butler and her colourful works you can visit her website and her instagram page.