Scream the House Down: Vent lockdown frustration to power art installation

Scream the House Down is a new socially-distanced art installation in London that invites the public to vent their lockdown frustration to power an art installation.

An old four-story office building in London Bridge, that is due to be demolished, has now become an art installation thanks to artist Marcus Lyall and Illuminate Productions, a not-for-profit arts organisation.

Public invited to take part from home

Members of the public are invited to join a Zoom call and vent their inner frustrations. The building lights up in response to each voice.

Marcus Lyall uses low-energy LED lights to fill the old office with colour. The lights respond in real-time to each individual voice. So the louder and longer you scream, the bigger the response.

Each voice and scream is interpreted differently by the building. This creates a unique response for each member of the public who takes part.

Art continuing despite lockdown

Lyall explained that he “created the artwork as a place to direct your frustrations and tensions, without judgement and without affecting the people around you. I’ve used a building as a canvas to give those feelings a sense of scale.'”

The Creative Director of Illuminate Productions, Caroline Jones, said that “lockdown is a huge challenge for everyone in the arts community. Despite the COVID crisis, we’re aiming to continue producing relevant art projects that engage the public.”

She continued, saying that “through this project, we are exploring ways to bring artworks to new audiences and find ways to use the transformed environment.”

The installaton was put together by volunteers who all adhered to social distancing rules.

Members of the public are invited to collaborate on the project from 8.30 pm – 12.30 am BST on Zoom, from June 16-July 4.

Just as this art installation has adapted to suit the coronavirus lockdown, other attractions are also adapting. Zoos, cinemas and museums are all starting to introduce drive-in models to allow safe visitation.