Seeing Sound – A Look at the Dolby Art Series

Have you ever seen sound travel?

If you dropped by the San Francisco Design Week this year, you might’ve caught a glimpse of a collection of enigmatic art pieces that capture the stunning fusion of sound and technology. Unless you’re tuned to synaesthesia-like senses, it’s difficult to imagine how sound looks when it travels. These talented artists and designers were able to create beautiful pieces that visually represent the movement of sound.

From mixed media canvases to Jeanne Wassenaar’s C-Series, we always keep our eyes peeled for art that can bring inspiration to our interiors. With advancements in tech, there’s definitely no shortage of art that combines technology with creativity.

In this feature, we take a look at our favorite picks from the Dolby Art Series, Dolby’s collaboration with 22 talented artists and design studios around the world. Each artist had their unique take on the Dolby’s iconic double hemisphere logo and resulted in thought-provoking pieces. Let’s have a look at their work.

Iconographic Transmission by GMUNK

Bradley G Munkowitz or GMUNK is a designer known for his sci-fi themed pieces with psychedelic influences. He explores light through a variety of dynamic 3D images and brings them to life in motion graphics, digital art and even cinematography. For Iconographic Transmission, he uses his signature style to rediscover the Dolby Logo as a vibrational distortion through a refracted design of tiny cubes – almost like a collision waiting to happen.


Quantized by David McLeod

From afar, David Mcleod‘s Quantized might remind you of a gorgeous floral bouquet until you take a step closer to a hyper realistic work of art that will leave anyone in awe. Composed of white semi-ovals and pink squares, the piece shows a seemingly endless movement of candy-colored particles against a muted pink backdrop. Alluding to the superposition theory, Quantized gives us a sub-atomic view of overlapping waves.


Orchestrated Reality by Territory Studio

Orchestrated Reality is a piece that delves deeper into the concept of parallel universes. Artists from Marti Romances and Peter Clark from Territory Studio were inspired by the technologically-advanced worlds of The Matrix, Avatar and Surrogate which tap into the possibility of people living multiple realities simultaneously. They also tapped in to the concept of The Truman Show wherein the life of the main character is broadcast live for everyone else to see. With the strong contrast of Orchestrated Reality’s two worlds, this is definitely a piece that movie buffs and sci-fi fans will enjoy.


Order and Chaos by Supermundane

Also known as Supermundane, Rob Lowe is an artist well-known for his colorful designs ranging from murals, prints and even products. We love his nod to the psychedelic art movement of the 1960s, featuring geometric lines and vibrant shades of green and pink. For Order and Chaos, he conveys complexity out of simplicity with plenty to see.


Vibration Forms by Michael Paul Young

Michael Paul Young explores the relationship between sound and hearing through the mediums of wire, plate and liquid represented by a line, a square and a three-dimensional contained liquid. Through Vibration Forms, we see a flow of energy and dynamism that gives us an insight to what it’s like to be inside a speaker system.


Untitled by Sara Andreasson

One of our favorite things about Sara Andreasson‘s work is the quirky yet relatable quality that characterizes her designs. For the series, she creates a straightforward image of a woman whispering to a man with a playful use of color. There’s no denying that her work poses a stark contrast to the rest of the collection, which immediately puts her on our list.

If you want to see the rest of the series, you can head over to the Dolby website here.

Which one is your favorite piece? Let us know in the comments below. If you enjoyed reading this round up, you should check out our interview with Shazia Imran, or see the beautifully curved wood that forms the gramaphone-like pieces of the Bellaphone collection.

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*All images are courtesy of Dolby Laboratories