The Institute of Contemporary Arts



The ICA SOUNDWORKS website was awarded Bronze and a People's Lovie Award in the 2nd Annual Lovie Awards.

It’s a unique project that came about through the discussion surrounding the ICA Bruce Nauman show. The response from invited artists has been incredible and the site is proving incredibly popular with thousands of hits in the first hour.
— Gregor Muir, ICA Executive Director

During their innovative ‘season on sound from July - September 2012’ The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) designed and offered a series of exhibitions and events around sonic art.

In conjunction with the UK premiere of Bruce Nauman’s Days the ICA invited over one hundred international artists, selected by art institutions worldwide, to submit their own sound files. The project, entitled SOUNDWORKS, aimed to take a broader look at the range of work being produced in audio arts today. To embrace the ephemeral and nature of sound the ICA wanted to create an online platform that doubled as a virtual exhibition space. 


Cogapp worked with the ICA to design and develop an HTML5 website that would allow these sound works to be accessible to a wide range of audiences; both within the gallery space itself and virtually, around the globe. 

Our approach was to develop an online platform, which would double as a virtual exhibition space optimised across desktop, tablet and mobile. We used the SoundCloud platform for storing and serving sound files as it facilitated collation, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. Our technical team then worked their magic using JavaScript and HTML5 to turn each file into a sound wave representation. 

Users can scroll through the list of artists and listen to the sound works, read about them, and share them through various social media platforms. Similarly, there is an in-house gallery version of the platform, which gave visitors to the ICA digital access to all the works in a gallery setting. The look and feel of the website was created collaboratively with designers at the ICA to ensure a smooth brand experience across all media.

One of the aims of this work was to bring Sound Art to a wider and more diverse audience. After just six weeks of launching the SOUNDWORKS site, over 45,000 listens of the 100 sound works had been recorded. Users from as far away as Germany, the USA and Japan have been accessing the platform. 



SOUNDWORKS featured in the Guardian