Human Harp on Brooklyn Bridge

Human Harp is a clip-on instrument that transforms suspension bridges into giant harps

By Di Mainstone & collaborators from around the globe and funded by Queen Mary University of London

Imagined on the Brooklyn Bridge by Di Mainstone and launched in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, Human Harp is a clip-on instrument that transforms suspension bridges into giant harps. Now an international collaboration, the Human Harp team are exploring ways to record, process and release the frequencies of suspension cables, enabling pedestrians to literally “play the bridge”.

 

The first iteration of Human Harp on the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of its 130th Anniversary last May was documented by Intel’s Creators Project. It has since received global interest with articles in media such as Time Out, Observer, Dezeen, Design Boom and New York Times – Best of 2013. Human Harp’s Brooklyn Bridge trailer, was also screened at the Victoria & Albert Museum this February as part of an event called SOUND IT OUT!

Riding this wave of interest, Human Harp are thrilled to announce a commission by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust to develop a large scale performance to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the bridge. During this Lunchtime Talk, Di Mainstone will be at discussing the Human Harp journey so far and will be reaching out to potential collaborators in Bristol for the upcoming performance.

Performances

  • Brooklyn Bridge (130th Anniversary 24th May 2014)
  • The Roundhouse (1 month residency August 2014)
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge (150th Anniversary March 2015)

Press

NEW YORK TIMES 28/12/14
Best of 2013 The year in design

THE OBSERVER 12/01/14
How a Wearable Harp Turns the City into a Song

IQ INTEL 17/10/13
How a Wearable Harp Turns the City into a Song