This Is a Voice

Ex­plore the hu­man voice in an ex­hi­bi­tion that bridges art and science. By Emma Joyce

Time Out (Sydney) - - THINGS TO DO - àPow­er­house

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.

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