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.

21–22 & 28–29 October, 11–11.30am: Florence Araniego, Kate Matairavula and Sokong Kim

Florence Araniego grew up in south-west Sydney with English as her second language. Communication was sometimes challenging for Florence until she met Nicole, a Deaf student in her school. After learning basic Auslan, Florence’s interest in sign language has persisted ever since. With a background in the creative industry, having completed a Diploma of Film, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW, Florence is currently working with artists at Studio A, a studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. Florence will be in conversation with members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community during this voicing, including:

  • Sokong Kim (21 & 29 October) who was born in Cambodia and raised in Australia. Sokong is profoundly Deaf and has worked for Australian Theatre of the Deaf and appeared in the Australian film, Lucky Miles.
  • Kate Matairavula (22 & 28 October) who began her acting career working with Australian Theatre of the Deaf, touring all over Australia and New Zealand performing visual theatre that incorporated sign language. When not acting, writing or performing, she works at the Deaf Society. Kate loves acting for the chance to play, become another person and tell their story.

4–5, 11–12, 18–19 & 25–26 November, 11–11.30am: Melanie Louise Eden
Melanie Louise Eden originally studied Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music in 2010. After University she discovered an interest in utilising the arts for educative experiences with a focus on mental health.

Vocally, her focus has been in improvisation, working collaboratively on both small projects and large ensembles, including The Splinter Orchestra and Life Groove Orchestra.

In 2016, she was invited to study with Bae Il Dong – a Master in Pansori Singing, a traditional South Korean musical storytelling. Here she spent 7 months under Bae Il Dong’s supervision, an experience which culminated in recording an EP with the Korean record label New World Music.

Since returning from Korea Melanie has performed with experimental projects at the Now Now Series, Nights in Tempe, Life Groove Cafe, and Freda’s.


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.