Bluecoat set to open Emma Smith’s sound art exhibition, Euphonia, next month
Bluecoat are delighted to announce the forthcoming solo exhibition, Euphonia an ambitious new sound installation by artist Emma Smith which transforms the gallery into a sonic chamber for collective voicing, taking place from Thursday 26 April – Sunday 24 June 2018.
Supported by The Wellcome Trust and working with a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain, Euphonia explores how social interactions can lead to a new genre of music; through interlocking rhythms, pitch and tone. Working with a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain Smith is extracting the music of social communication to create an interactive sound work and a new form of musical scoring to share this sound of human relationships.
The 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).
In the lead up to the exhibition at Bluecoat, Smith is developing research through public facing experiments and workshops. The artist will work with many long term communities who visit Bluecoat on a daily basis – these include babies and their parents, visitors talking informally in the entrance hall and the choirs who rehearse there.
The project will result in the conversion of the Bluecoat gallery into a sonic chamber and space for collective voicing. The exhibition will share the extensive research behind the making of the work and offer experiments and activities alongside it.
“I’m delighted to be showcasing my work at Liverpool’s Bluecoat, which will be my first UK solo show. It will be a hands-on experience, where visitors can choose to record their own voices, interact with a specially designed musical score, soak up the sound installations or sit and read.”
Smith is a British artist currently based as a studio resident at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. Her work often involves the bringing together of multi-disciplinary teams including academics, professionals and hobbyists, creating public platforms for experimentation and research through site-specific actions, events and installations. She has previously exhibited at Tate Liverpool and most recently at Arnolfini, Bristol.