Robin Hammond

The exhibition Zimbabwe – Your wounds will be named silence by Robin Hammond took place at the Chapelle de l'École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from November 9 to December 9, 2012. An immersive media device displayed a set of pictures in a spatialized background audio in 3D.

The theme proposed to the photographers for the 3rd edition of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award was Zimbabwe, a Southern Africa country struggling with the tough administration of its dictator Robert Mugabe. The laureate Robin Hammond chose to illustrate the humanitarian crisis that affects this country now thrown into chaos and poverty.

With the cooperation of

Buzzing Light
Gaëlle Seltzer Studio

Project type

Museum installations

This exhibition presented portraits of Zimbabweans that Robin Hammond wished to broadcast through an immersive sound form. Hidden under each portrait, eight loudspeakers released audio recordings of the artist.

The sound spatialization consists in simulating audio sources in a generated 3D environment and making them audible to the visitors.

The sound reproduction simulates the reverb effects of audio sources in a synthetic environment and then allows a spatial listening thanks to a multi-loudspeaker system. Sounds are so perceived in 3D around the listener who finds him/herself plunged into the generated audio environment.

A wireless interface has also been created in order to set the sound level and the filters anywhere in the chapel, in order not to taint other areas.