As part of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study conference held this week, the Peter Wall Institute unveiled I Hear You Say, an installation that translates sound waves into furniture.

The piece is designed by AFJD, the studio of Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen, a 2012-2013 Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar.

Made from post-consumer recycled EPS (expanded polystyrene) with a hard coating, the installation is a large-scale visualization of the word “Ah” that functions as site-specific seating on the terrace of the Peter Wall Institute.

"Contemporary linguists speculate that the way we communicate relies on auditory cues and gestures in addition to the conventional meaning of words," says the design duo.

I Hear You Say is located on the terrace at the Peter Wall Institute and is open to the public. The Institute invites visitors to recline on the installation and converse while contemplating English Bay and the Coast Mountains beyond.


More on this project in I Hear You Say: A public installation visualizing transdisciplinary communication



Project Credits

Lead Design
AFJD Studio

Design Assistance
Ashley Eusebio.

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (UBC)
GRAND Network.