17 January 2022

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Listening to Joy is a new interactive playscape designed by Yinka Ilori for families of all ages. The vibrant and colourful installation, created especially for V&A Dundee and supported by People’s Postcode Lottery players, uses pattern, music and colour to shape and inspire joy and fun for visitors of all ages.

The playscape of brightly coloured zippable mesh walls forms a maze that can be opened and closed, creating new ways to change the space. Visitors can also experiment with sound making, using two circular xylophones.

The music created will be recorded, mixed and transformed into a series of musical pieces, recording the fun, joy and laughter the maze provokes.

Designer, Yinka Ilori, said: "Listening to Joy is a celebration of play, an essential experience to enjoying life as well as practising our problem-solving skills.
"Play should be collaborative, so I have created this installation for visitors of all ages to explore sounds, colours and patterns in a shared space. I hope that Listening to Joy will spark imaginations and remind all of us of the power of play."

The project is informed by the often-contradictory spatial patterns adults and children form while experiencing space. Children enjoy a fluid and non-rational encounter with space whilst adults often observe a more controlled and linear approach.

Sophie McKinlay, director of programme at V&A Dundee, said: "Created especially for V&A Dundee, Yinka's first design project in Scotland is an immersive and fun new installation to spark the imagination."
Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: "Listening to Joy will bring much fun and laughter to visitors at V&A Dundee, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our players. I’m delighted that players support V&A Dundee in sharing the inspiring power of design with everyone."

Listening to Joy runs until 24 April 2022 on the ground floor of the Locke Hall, V&A Dundee and is free to visit.

Over £2.2 million has been raised for V&A Dundee thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.