A magnifying glass is centred in the middle whilst there is a black sheet of material with different patterns and colours which was made by vibrations.
Photo by Paul Blakemore

Juliet Robson – hertz

Everything vibrates – from the smallest atom on Earth to the furthest star in space. Their frequencies surround and immerse us and yet the vast majority leave no imprint.

hertz gives a glimpse into this hidden universe, making inaudible sound tangible, visible and real. Sense the imperceptible soundtrack of a city in real-time and immerse yourself in its deep resonance. Listen to the secret songs of stars found in the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra. Harness their harmonics to generate beautiful visual patterns in sand on vibrating plates.

hertz encourages curiosity, questioning perceptions of our planet and place in the cosmos through sensory experiences.

An artwork by artist Juliet Robson in collaboration with academics from the fields of astrophysics, meteorology and mathematics.

Audience quotes

‘What a totally astounding and amazing project’ – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.

‘Epic.’ ‘Groundbreaking.’ ‘A whole world around me I couldn’t see but felt connected to.’

‘In this piece, I can time travel and contemplate the geometry of sound into matter – wow. Mind-blowing and poetic.

hertz is co-commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, funded by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned and supported by We The Curious and Oxford Contemporary Music.

Supported by University of Birmingham, The Friends of the University of Reading, University of Reading and 101 Outdoor Arts creation Space.

Part of Season for Change, a UK wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change.

Read an interview with Juliet Robson about the project in Disability Arts Online. 


8-9 June 2019
Green Heart Festival, Birmingham
4 November 2018 – 22 February 2019
We The Curious, Bristol
17-21 October 2018
Tramway Festival, Glasgow
14 October 2018
19 April 2018
We The Curious, Bristol
March 2018
101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury


Useful links

Artist website

Production images