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Social Harmony

Social Harmony


A playful and responsive floor pattern in the form of a musical notation for indicating proper distance
  • Location

    Tokyo, Yokohama, Japan
  • Year

  • Status

  • Theme

    Keeping a distance
  • Sub-theme

    Indicating proper distance

Case Description

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted the implementation of strict social distancing rules worldwide to minimize the spread of the virus. In response, Japanese studio Nosigner designed Social Harmony, a public space installation that helps visitors queue at a safe social distance while introducing playful elements to lighten up the experience. The design uses tape and sensors to form a signage system in the form of a musical notation. The notes in this notation visually indicate proper distance, while standing upon them triggers particular notes to play that form part of a short musical harmony. The designers explain: “By making the most of the power of classical music, culture and art, we aimed to sublimate the act of social distance itself and make it into a rich way of communication between people.”

Relation to Resilience

The Social Harmony installation not only invites safe social distancing, but also triggers people to interact with each other and connect through music and creative play. It thereby not only represents a necessary response to the pandemic, but also creates a modest but meaningful shared experience in times of social isolation.