This is a Voice: Voicings

On now until 28 January 2018 (select days)

As part of This Is A Voice at the Powerhouse Museum, the Voicings are live demonstrations of the human voice in all its diversity as a tool of expression and communication. Stop by to experience the power, beauty and incredible abilities that the voice can hold.

Voicings will occur every weekend, public holiday and school holiday period from until 29 January 2018.

20–24 & 27–29 December, 11–11.30am: Louise Carter

Louise Carter is a Sydney poet. She has performed at major poetry events across Sydney including the Voice & Verse Spoken Word and Poetry Festival at the NSW Writers’ Centre, and AVANT GAGA: the Sappho Poetry Night. Her work has been published in Best Australian Poems 2012 & 2015, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Westerly and Seizure.

Louise’s poetry is an exploration of postmodern urban Australian culture, often through the slightly distorted lens of obsessive love. She is currently completing a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.

7–14 January, 11–11.30am: Louise Nutting

Wartime Sweethearts is an expressive, textured and experimental pop outfit fronted by Sydney-based singer, loop artist and songwriter Louise Nutting. Her influences stem from the vocally driven and layered music of Björk, The Dirty Projectors, Jeff Buckley and St Vincent.

In the spring of 2016 Nutting released 2nd album So Long Sparta; a mercurial collection of songs written and recorded in her mother’s attic, released by label Art as Catharsis. The album is flush with rippling keyboards and piano, glitchy beats, modern harmonies and melodic lead vocals that occasionally wade into darker and more experimental waters.

15–21 January, 11–11.30am: Josephine Truman

Josephine Truman is a singer, composer and performer whose main focus is the voice and its ultimate potentials. She began improvising with the voice and piano in early childhood and went on to study classical music.Jo studied Fine Art at Hornsby Technical College and COFA and simultaneously worked as a vocal and keyboard improviser, developing a repertoire of extended and micro-tonal vocal techniques.

She collaborated with Sydney based improvisers and later eceived an International Study grant from the Music Board from the Australia Council to continue her study and performance of improvisation in England and Holland,. Whilst in Europe she was awarded a year long stippendea with The Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Her solo CD Sdreamings was commissioned by Staalplaat records and received a 4 star review by John Shand in The Sydney Morning Herald.  She has worked freelance  writing, producing and composing radio features for ABC radio and WDR Koln. Living  in Europe for 8 years  where she performed in festivals and with many leading musicians in the improvised and New Music worlds  and recorded with WDR Koln. Upon her return to Australia she  completed her BA (Communications) and MMus at  the Sydney Conservatorium with her thesis topic on extended vocal techniques.

22–29 January, 11–11.30am: Ayșe Göknur Shanal 

Soprano Ayșe Göknur Shanal is one of Australia’s most versatile classical singers. She has won many prestigious awards and scholarships including the Australian Singing Competition, Opera Foundation Australia’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award (Vocal Category), and the Sonderpreis der Loreley-Festspiele at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany). Ayșe has appeared as a principal artist with Opera Australia and Turkish State Opera and has been featured as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australia, and with the Australian Haydn Ensemble.


This is a Voice

Contemplate the power of voice before and beyond words and explore the human voice in this immersive exhibition.

Experience the human voice, how it locates us socially, geographically and psychologically, and learn how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training.

Designed as an acoustic journey, delve inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to discover how meaning and emotions are conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation.

Blending theatre, video, visuals and sound, This is a Voice presents works by artists and vocalists, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects.