Sonic Dreamscapes

Sonic Dreamscapes presents a sound and video installation created for both daytime and evening viewing via SoundScape Park’s sophisticated 72-channel Meyer sound and projection systems. This ambitious project is the inaugural piece in a yearlong initiative by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program, which will be introducing permanent site-specific works of public art by internationally recognized artists throughout the newly renovated and expanded Miami Beach Convention Center area.

Using microphones, vibration sensors and hydrophones, Fontana has captured and re-created the environmental sounds of Miami Beach and South Florida.

These accompanying videos will be of an abstract nature and will explore the idea of an image that a sound makes and the sound that an image makes, which I call ‘Acoustic Visions.’
— Bill Fontana

The installation cycle begins during the day with individually recurring auditory recordings answering each other from different spatial points in SoundScape Park. By afternoon, the “musical vocabulary” will grow as additional sounds are added to the repertoire. As the evening approaches, environmentally inspired abstract videos will emerge on the video wall, allowing visitors to experience a myriad of floating sounds and meditative images.

Sonic Dreamscapes will open Friday, October 26 with events in the New World Center and SoundScape Park starting at 6:30 PM. The public is invited for a welcome and introduction by Bill Fontana, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and NWS’s Michael Tilson Thomas in the New World Center’s SunTrust Pavilion before gathering in SoundScape Park.

Sonic Dreamscapes is Fontana’s third major public art commission in the United States, following Soaring Echoes for the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Acoustical Visions for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary in San Francisco. His works abroad have been publicly installed at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, The Venice Biennale and MAXXI in Rome.