Arc // the texture of air

ARC is a sonically explorative device designed by Signal-to-Noise. It’s function is to provide a tactile interface for users to engage with and manipulate audio archival material. It was developed as part of a commission for The Texture of Air event at the UCLH in February 2020.

The Texture of Air is an art and heritage project lead by On the Record and ScreenDeep, which honours two famous London hospitals at a moment of change. Eastman Dental Hospital (EDH) and Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) both left their historic homes on the Grays Inn Road and united in a new shared facility in October 2019.

The Texture of Air is a quote from a patient who describes losing his sense of smell. This website archive stores the many recorded conversations captured over 3 years in residence at the hospitals. They took place in laboratories and libraries, clinics and chambers, even while riding a rotating vertigo chair. The archive is the home for oral history conversations with staff and patients, music, field recordings, transcripts, film and photography.