Bluecoat announces 2018
exhibition of sound art, Euphonia by Emma Smith
THE 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 singing.
The exhibition launches on Thursday, 26 April 2018, starting at 6pm and runs
until Sunday, 24 June 2018.
Euphonia is based on the premise that when we engage in friendly interactions;
chitchat with friends; we unconsciously make music through interlocking rhythms,
pitch and tone. Supported by 'The Welcome Trust' and working with
a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain, Smith is extracting
this music of social communication to create an interactive sound work. As part
of this process the artist has created a new form of musical scoring to share
the sound of human relationships.
In the lead up to the exhibition Smith is developing her research through public
facing experiments and workshops, working with many of the long term communities
of interest who visit Bluecoat on a daily basis; the parents and babies who come
here for weekly sessions, visitors talking informally in the café and the choirs
and groups who rehearse here in the evenings, including:- 'Liverpool's
Choir With No Name' set up for people affected by homelessness and
marginalisation and '20 Stories High' an award winning youth
theatre group. The full civic, social and artistic breadth of Bluecoat as an
arts centre is indirectly captured in these recordings. Also working further
afield, the artist is creating workshops and online experiments to capture and
understand the musicality of social interactions in a range of languages.
The exhibition is the 1st 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
An events programme will be accompanying the exhibition, that will share the
research behind the making of the work and invite the public to undertake their
own vocal experiments and add their voices to the show.
Mary Cloake, Chief Executive, Bluecoat said:- "We are delighted at
Bluecoat to continue to break new ground through artistic and cultural
commissions. After the Philosopher in Residence (2015) and Sociologist in
Residence (2017), both unique ventures for a UK arts centre, we turn our
attention to the music of communication through the groundbreaking work of
British artist Emma Smith and collaborating academics. This exhibition is the
1st of its kind at Bluecoat and in Liverpool."
Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme, Bluecoat said:- "Bluecoat was
originally founded by artists in the early twentieth century who were interested
in establishing a centre for 'Art, Literature, Science for Adult Instruction and
the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge'. This interdisciplinary spirit of enquiry
continues today with Emma Smith's exhibition Euphonia, which also provides a
partial sonic portrait of the communities of interest who visit Bluecoat on a
Did you know??? Emma Smith (1981) is a British
artist currently based as a studio resident at Wysing Arts Centre,
Cambridgeshire, and works internationally. She has a performance based social
practice, creating public platforms for experimentation and research through
site-specific actions, events and installations.
IFS report on automation is
propaganda for wage cuts
UNITE, Britain's biggest Union, has branded a report
on the automation of jobs and the minimum wage as propaganda for employers who
want an excuse to cut wages in real terms.
The report released on 4 January 2018 from the Institute for Fiscal Studies
claims that any further increases in the UK's national living wage should be
subject to "extremely careful monitoring" as it could lead to redundancies by
encouraging employers to automate jobs.
But Unite has hit back, warning that this amounts to yet another attack on
ordinary workers already facing the weakest pay growth since the Napoleonic
wars. In contrast, Unite is developing a 21st century workplace manifesto on
automation demanding that ordinary working people benefit from new technology.
Unite Executive Officer, Sharon Graham said:- "This report is just
propaganda for employers who want an excuse to suppress wages. I don't suppose
that economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies are asking for pay cuts to
protect themselves from robots. They know that 'Industry 4.0' is going to
generate enormous amounts of wealth and we need automaton to deliver for society
not just bigger profits. Why not demand a shorter working week and a decent
retirement? The IFS seems to think that it should be just like the 1980's. Then
we lost jobs and wages to technology while boardrooms profited. But this time
workers can and should get their share. Of course, the best way to defend your
job and get the most out of automation is also the best way to keep your pay
above the minimum wage; get organised in a Union."
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Maternity unit at Ormskirk
Hospital scoops another top rating
IT'S official, mothers who have given birth at Ormskirk Hospital have
voted it to be 1 of the best places for midwifery care across the country.
In an NHS watchdog report, Mum's have officially ranked:- 'Maternity
Services' at the Wigan Road site the 11th best in England. Ormskirk
Hospital outscored more than 50 other Trusts across the country.
More than 100 mothers completed the detailed questionnaire and gave feedback on
health and care, including the quality of care given throughout the antenatal,
labour, birth and post natal stages.
1 Mother of 2, Louise Flavell, from Skelmersdale, is 1 recent example of an
overjoyed mum when in mid November, she had her baby Ava Marie at the Ormskirk
unit in her 34th week of pregnancy.
Louise, 42, said:- "I cannot praise the neonatal staff at Ormskirk
Hospital enough for the way they are looking after my gorgeous girl; thank you
so much to everyone."
Ava Marie arrived early thanks to the maternity detecting a condition called:-
'Small for GeStational Age' (SGA) and weighed just 3lbs 1oz/
Areas the maternity unit scored well on include:- high levels support and
guidance, good advice, high levels of respect and dignity as well as excellent
care given throughout their. Fathers are now able to become more involved in
their partner's care.
Lynne Eastham, Head of Midwifery, said:- "Following the survey and our
2016 Care Quality Commission report, we focused on further improving our culture
and approach to care and safety. We always ensure staff work better together so
that the parent, baby and their family's experience can be the best possible; we
want them to feel as though they are receiving a high quality service throughout
their care with us. From the report's findings; it states that we are now ranked
one of the best maternity units in the country. The experience for mothers and
their partners has improved significantly over the last couple of years due to
the hard work, dedication and commitment from our staff. Well done to all the