The Silent Room is a public space where citizens are insulated from outside noise and other sensorial aggressions.
Many of us today live in urban environments where we are subject to a constant flux of information, both visual and sonic. Silence is increasingly a luxury for the most privileged – data mapping has shown that the poorest parts of the city are the worst affected by noise pollution. The Silent Room responds to this context: it provides a cocoon-like space, isolated from the city’s noise, for all citizens, regardless of background or level of privilege. It makes silence and rest available to everyone.
The Silent Room advocates silence as a form of resistance, an act of cleansing needed to reclaim ownership of our thoughts and ourselves.
The Silent room v.02 will be representing Lebanon at the London Design Biennale 2018 at the Somerset House starting the 4th of September.
Nathalie Harb is a multi-disciplinary scenographer. Her work explores the history of public and private spaces, with a focus on themes of home, shelter and exile. Her projects have been shown in cities across the Middle East, Asia and Europe, and have spanned urban interventions, film, theatre, interiors and events. She lives and works between London and Beirut.