Experimental Exhibition, 2020

Muse is an experimental design project studying the musical perception of the human through three installation experiences. People are encouraged to interact with the installations and explore the music visually with their own perception. We try to understand how people understand music here.

The name ‘Muse’ is taken from the inspiration of Greek mythology. The Greek goddesses of art & music are the Muses. They are known as one entity, though there are actually 9 of them and each is unique in their own way. Its resonances with the concept of perception as perception could be understood universally to some extent, though still unique among each of us.

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The Branding

With the idea above, the visual language of the exhibition should also follow the vagueness of musical perception. Therefore, it was designed in a fluid and flexible approach.

The exhibition branding provides a large blank space on each printed and digital material to show the unlimited capacity of spaces where visitors can fill up with their own perception.

The Experimental Exhibition

The experience design includes three installations that provide different ways to experience music. This is built according to the research behind how humans universally perceive music:

the time of music, the space occupied by music, and the flow of music.

1st Installation: The Senses - Temporality

2nd Installation: The Shades - Spatiality

3rd Installation: The Table - Movement

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1 - The Senses  (Pure Cognitive Experience)


This experience encourages visitors to entirely trust their own guts and follow their instinct while listening to the music, leaving a great space for visitors to create freely without any guidelines restricting them. 


The body-interactive experience includes a large surrounding fabric coated with Thermo-reactive ink that could instantly react with the human body. Visitors touch and create colour images on the fabric. As the temperature cooled down, the colour fades away, as so does music which constantly appears and fade.

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2 - The Shades  (Perception display installation)


This installation is re-inventing how the 9 sampled participants perceived the same extract of the music. Their simple doodles are expected to be transformed into a certain type of graphic display.

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3 - The Table  (Visual language of musical perception)


The last installation is a translation between musical perception and visual language which aims to understand how perception works when music meets our mind. The aim of this table is to provide a visual way or a visual language for people to use to convey perceptions of music that our verbal language could not.

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The table is created for visitors to compose or construct their own perceptions with tiles, which are derived from the researching process.


Visitors are encouraged to arrange the tiles freely as they listen to the music. A 'Visual Score' will be printed as a souvenir after the visitors finished the music piece.

Each 'Visual Score' is unique to each person and so as musical perception.

What does your musical perception look like?