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Untitled, 2014, Mixed media on paper. Courtesy Christer Lundahl

Symphony of a Missing Room - archive of the forgotten and remembered

Presented by LIFT and the Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Academy of Arts, London
19 May - 8 June 2014 (box office)

Lundahl & Seitl take visitors on a part real, part imagined journey through the public galleries and hidden spaces of the Royal Academy of Arts for Symphony of a Missing Room - archive of the forgotten and remembered.   

Exploring the nature of memory and playing on perceptions of time and space,  Symphony is a collective yet intimate experience drawing together the architecture and 250 year old art history of the Academy, with the unseen archive of thousands of artworks rejected from this year’s Summer Exhibition. Wearing headphones and sightless goggles, visitors are led by playful unseen guides through a world of light and shadow, sounds and voices.  

Symphony of a Missing Room: archive of the forgotten and remembered is the London premiere and most ambitious incarnation of an evolving work that responds to the specific histories, architectures and acoustic spaces of art galleries and museums, melding sensory deprivation with multi-sensory stimulation.  

Lundahl & Seitl have been creating transformative experiences in museums, galleries and theatres for over 10 years, often collaborating with architects, designers, dancers, choreographers, writers, actors, musicians and scientists.  Their trans-disciplinary practice investigates the shifting histories of cultural institutions, visitor perceptions of these spaces and ideas of ‘seeing’ and ‘doing’.  Their work uses binaural recording to create a 3-D stereo sound effect, or the sensation of being in the same space as the sound source.   

Symphony of a Missing Room was first originally commissioned by Weld in 2009.




Lundahl & Seitl’s practice is pioneering in the fields of neuroscience, contemporary art and immersive theatre. Their works are referred to by practitioners writing in these diverse fields – see below for a selection of three books, all published in 2013.

Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: Body, Brain and Being
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance
Palgrave Macmillan
Imagining The Audience: Viewing Positions In Curatorial And Artistic Practice
Art And Theory Publishing
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