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5Hz Labs - Imagining an alternative evolution of voice for social bonding

5Hz is a collaborative project by artist Emma Smith, psychologist Laurence White, cognitive neuroscientist Nina Kazanina and musicologist Emma Hornby. Exploring the power of the voice to connect us to one another, the project imagines an alternative evolution of speech specifically for the purpose of social bonding.

Following public experiments in spring and summer, you are invited this November to participate in a series of open language evolution workshops, talks and laboratory demonstrations by eminent scientists – phoneticians, psychologists, neuroscientists and musicologists – contributing to the development of the artwork and interactive installation, to be presented at Arnolfini in March 2015. The events are a form of public research, allowing active engagement with the science and art through experiments and hands-on activities. Tweet the artist using #5Hz / @ArtistEmmaSmith

5Hz is produced by Arnolfini in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Plymouth University and with the support of the Wellcome Trust. The 5Hz events programme is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.



5Hz Labs: Vocalise to Socialise

5Hz Labs: Vocalise to Socialise

Saturday 08 November 2014 to Sunday 09 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:30
This weekend lab will focus on the evolution of the voice and its role in social bonding.
5Hz Labs: Beyond the Word

5Hz Labs: Beyond the Word

Sunday 16 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:00
This lab will explore the potential of the voice to communicate emotional states.
5Hz Labs: Speech Rhythms, Brain Rhythms

5Hz Labs: Speech Rhythms, Brain Rhythms

Saturday 22 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:00
This lab will explore the relationship between the rhythms of speech, music and the brain, considering their potential for synchronising our thoughts and actions.
5Hz Labs: The Persuasive Power of Voice

5Hz Labs: The Persuasive Power of Voice

Saturday 29 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:00
This lab will explore the power of the human voice to promote social solidarity, looking particularly at the use of speech and song for persuasion and protest.
Events and Exhibitions
Thursday 26 May 2016

Galleries 11am-6pm

Shop 11am-6pm

Cafe 10am-9.30pm

Reading Room 11am-6pm