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.