Relationships are often defined by feeling and appearance, but how often have you thought about the sound of a relationship? British artist, Emma Smith is set to transform the Bluecoat gallery into a sonic chamber for collective singing in her new exhibition ‘Euphonia’.
Euphonia aims to explore the music we unconsciously make in everyday conversations, focusing on the interlocking rhythms, pitch and tone of the collective voice. The exhibition is supported by The Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London which funds research to improve human and animal health. Smith will be working with a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain, to create an interactive sound work of social communication.
Mary Cloake, Chief Executive, the Bluecoat said, “We are delighted at Bluecoat to continue to break new ground through artistic and cultural commissions. After the Philosopher in Residence (2015) and Sociologist in Residence (2017), both unique ventures for a UK arts centre, we turn our attention to the music of communication through the groundbreaking work of British artist Emma Smith and collaborating academics.”
Smith will be using Bluecoat as a base for some of her public facing experiments and workshops, which will allow the development of her research to reach a large and diverse range of people. The important representation of communities such as ‘Choir With No Name’, set up for people affected by homelessness and marginalisation, will help shape this inclusive exhibition.
Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme, Bluecoat said, “Bluecoat was originally founded by artists in the early twentieth century who were interested in establishing a centre for ‘Art, Literature, Science for Adult Instruction and the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’. This interdisciplinary spirit of enquiry continues today with Emma Smith’s exhibition Euphonia, which also provides a partial sonic portrait of the communities of interest who visit Bluecoat on a daily basis”.
This exhibition is the first of its kind in Liverpool and has been developed through collaborative research with Professor Robin Dunbar (University of Oxford), Professor Lauren Stewart (Goldsmiths) Professor Ian Cross (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Victoria Williamson (University of Sheffield). An events programme accompanying the exhibition will share the research behind the
making of the work and invite the public to undertake their own vocal experiments and add their
voices to the show.
The exhibition launches Thursday 26 April 6pm and runs until Sunday 24 June 2018.