This Is a Voice
Explore the human voice in an exhibition that bridges art and science. By Emma Joyce
THIS IS A Voice at the Powerhouse Museum delves into the way we think about the voice and what it means to our identity. The exhibition includes artefacts from both the MAAS and Wellcome Collection in London, with specially commissioned works and performances from Australian artist and composer Lawrence English, including a giant interactive sound ‘chandelier’ called ‘A People’s Choir’ that invites everyone to record their aspirations and dreams for the future. The diary of modernist author Virginia Woolf, from the British Library, details her struggle with ‘hearing voices’, and there’s work that explores the changing accents of Sydney. Lille Madden and Jonathan Jones have created a work that looks at reclaiming Indigenous languages. On the scientific end of the spectrum, there are medical models of the human larynx, a chatbot designed to provide psychological care to Syrian refugees, and voice recognition software.