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People in a swimming pool illuminated by a projection


Live performance and immersive installation by Joel Cahen

“Astonishingly immediate, inescapable” The Guardian
“Exhibitions don’t get much more successful than that” The Wire

Wet Sounds is an underwater listening experience! Dive in through the water immersed in sound that is clear, detailed and intimate. Joel Cahen plays a surreal soundscape through underwater and over water speakers. The swimming pool transformed with light and sound.

Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water than in air and is perceived by the inner ear and bones. These facts account for the unique physical experience that is Wet Sounds. As the listener floats on the surface of the water or dives in deep, sound is perceived as if coming from inside their heads; it is very clear, detailed and immediate. Joel Cahen creates a surreal soundscape that immerses the listeners in a different subaquatic world altogether.

Wet Sounds first toured 10 cities in the UK in July 2008. Opening at in the London Fields Lido in Hackney and closing there with a performance of NURSE WITH WOUND and ANDREW LILES as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s CREATE Festival.

Since then, Wet Sounds continued to install at various UK and International festivals (All Tomorrows Parties, ISEA, Ultima, AV Festival, Spor Festival, Mutek, Elektroni(k), Scopitone, Nordic, Insomnia, Brighton Science Festival, Mackay Festival of the Arts and more) and as part of European City of Culture events in Tallinn (2011)and Ruhr Valley (2010) and has toured in the UK three times, Scandinavia and Normandy.
Wet Sounds Tour 2013 is funded with the support of Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and as part of Sound and Music’s Platform scheme.

Brought to you in collaboration with On-Site Projects

Event information
Title: Wet Sounds
Venue: Olympia Leisure Pool
Where: 3 East Whale Lane
When: Friday 8th November
Time: 8.30 pm till late
Please Note: This event will be filmed anyone wishing not to be filmed can make a member of NEoN staff aware of this on the night.

Booking is essential and tickets are available here
Swimsuit essential and goggles recommended