The exhibition begins silently, in an anechoic chamber - a room which absorbs all sound. The five sections that follow each take a different aspect of the voice and guide us, with medical illustrations, live performance, and objects from ethnographic collections, through this beguiling world. Dawn Chorus, an installation by Marcus Coates, explores what human vocalisation does and does not share with birdsong, and Meredith Monk's Dolmen Music challenges its performers to create stories with their voices using no words at all.
A voice reveals a lot about its speaker, but what happens when that speaker is hidden, or was never there at all? Manuscripts by fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich recording her experiences of the voice of God will be on show alongside modern-day psychiatric and philosophical accounts. Finally, the exhibition asks a question: what does the future hold? Will synthesised voices take over, or will the human voice forever have such an inimitable grasp on our imagination?
|What||Wellcome Collection: This is a Voice|
|Where||The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London , NW1 2BE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
14 Apr 16 – 31 Jul 16, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00-18:00, Thurs 10:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-18:00, Mon closed
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