I am very happy to share that THIS IS A VOICE exhibition opens at the Wellcome Collection next week from 14 April.
I have been developing the spatial concept and design of this exhibition at Plaid over the past year. The space is an open landscape with series of pavilions, formed of tactile acoustic materials that resemble the human skin and body, which hold different voices within. The intention is to encourage the audience to bodily experience the acoustic journey through tactile environment constructed of familiar materials which live under our skin – i.e. materials that surrounds our daily life but are usually hidden beneath the surfaces.
THIS IS A VOICE explores how the unique grain of our voice locates us socially, geographically and psychologically and how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training. The spotlight is cast on the meaning and emotions conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation. Non-verbal forms of communication are emphasised, revealing the power of the voice before and beyond words.
Featured artists and vocalists include Laurie Anderson, Joan La Barbara, Sam Belinfante, Marcus Coates, Enrico David, Meredith Monk, Emma Smith, Imogen Stidworthy and many more. I hope you enjoy the show.
Curator: Barbara Rodriguesz Munoz
Project Management: Luke Currall
Exhibition Design: Brian Studak & Juri Nishi, Plaid
Graphic Design: Europa
Acoustic Consultant: Anthony Chilton and Georgia Rodgers, Max Fordam