Blending science, technology, art and performance, This is a Voice is an exhibition that reveals the power of the voice before and beyond words. These interviews investigate these ideas further, touching on vocal techniques, why we laugh, how we hear our inner voice, the way babies develop speech and the creative power of joining our voices together.
• Dr Sophie Scott, ‘The Science of Laughter’
• Lawrence English, ‘A People’s Choir’
• Dr Anne Karpf, ‘Voice and Technology’
• Lawrence English, ‘Utterance’
• Dr Marina Kalashnikova, ‘Babytalk or Infant-directed Speech’
• Dr Charles Fernyhough, ‘Inner Speech’
• Dr Charles Fernyhough, ‘Hearing Voices’
• Bukhchuluun (Bukhu) Ganburged, ‘Khöömei Singing’
• Bukhchuluun (Bukhu) Ganburged, ‘Styles of Mongolian Overtone Singing’
• Mikhail Karikis, ‘The Voice as Sculpture’
Dr Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, explains the evolution of laughter and why humans laugh.
Artist Lawrence English discusses his commission for the exhibition This is a Voice at the Powerhouse Museum.
Writer, journalist and sociologist Dr Anne Karpf reflects on the development of technology and how it has contributed to our experience of the voice.
Artist Lawrence English discusses his work Utterance, an installation at the Powerhouse Museum that uses gramophone horns from the MAAS collection.
Drawing on her research at the BabyLab at Western Sydney University, Dr Marina Kalashnikova describes how babies recognise and learn language, the different ways adults speak to babies and why this type of communication might have evolved.
Dr Charles Fernyhough, Professor of Psychology at Durham University and Director of the Hearing the Voice project, talks about the nuance and complexity of inner speech.
Dr Charles Fernyhough, Professor of Psychology at Durham University, discusses the differences between inner speech and hearing voices.
Bukhu Ganburged performs different techniques of Mongolian throat singing.
Bukhu Ganburged discusses the differences between Western overtone singing and Mongolian throat singing.
Artist Mikhail Karikis guides us through the process behind his two works in the exhibition This is a Voice.