2017 Workshops

Harmonograph: Seeing Sound

© Bobby Bird


Thursday, 16 March 2017


13:30 – 15:00


Soho House, Soho Avenue (off Soho Road), Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB


Free, no booking recommended. Suitable for all ages.

Sound artist Bobby Bird demonstrates his hand-built Harmonograph, a scientific instrument invented in the Victorian era which uses pendulums to visualise the invisible forces of maths and science. Be involved in creating your own harmonograph image, and see how, from the past to the present, the work of scientists and artists have been linked by curiosity, ingenuity and experimentalism.

Presented by Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust as part of History and Culture at Soho House, a day of free activities at the Handsworth home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809.