Musica Universalis - Yambe Tam - PV/Exhibition, Barbican Arts Group Trust


ArtWorks Project Space, 114A Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA

PV Friday 13th September 6 - 8 pm

Exhibition 14th - 29 September, open weekends 12 - 6pm

Yambe Tam (b. 1989 United States; lives and works in London) combines ancient materials with contemporary processes in sculptures and installations that converge the scientific and spiritual. She earned her MA from the Royal College of Art in 2018 and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. InMusica Universalis, she connects the last of unknown landscapes - deep space and deep sea - in an installation of sound-generating sculptures inspired by ritual practices of Zen Buddhism. Designed in collaboration with sound designer and electronic musician Henry Toh, an electronic system vibrates the sculptures to reveal the harmonic resonance of their materials such as cast bronze, steel, wood, polyurethane, and ceramic. Grounded “drums”, abstractly shaped as marine life forms, call and respond to suspended “bells”, shaped like wormholes, black holes, and other cosmological structures, in a chorus of ghostly binaural overtones that recall the vastness of sea and space.