New Organs of Creation, 2013, 2019

 

If you have a voice, you have a phenomenal instrument of change.

We often overlook the importance of the voice until it is taken away. It might be considered as less important, a spare part in comparison to other vital components of the body.

We asked a number of super-voice-makers about their relationship with voice. A professional singer wished they could have a spare voice due to a fear of damaging her larynx, in the People’s March anti-brexit protestors demanded for their voices to be heard and a politician representing a ward in the industrial heartland of Britain felt the heavy weight of responsibility resting on his voice.

 


The artwork New Organs of Creation redesigns the larynx and voice box to create new vocal abilities and to perform a national anthem that is transformed to reflect the future of the UK.

The new voice is made in reaction to technological distortion of the voices we hear, where digital algorithms used in platforms such as YouTube and Facebook have served us extreme voices of opinion in what are known as ‘echo chambers’. Technology researchers such as Zeynap Tufecki warn this has led to a loss of a common ground important in public debate. With the press reporting on “Britain’s divided culture”, now more than ever, public dialogue is required to explore the future of our national identity.


Photos from Tissue Enginnering lab, Kings College London

In collaboration with Prof Lucy Di-Silvio, Professor of Tissue Engineering at Kings College London, we will aim to grow an enhanced voice box through stem cell technology. The new voice box created in New Organs of Creation, will harness the phenomenal power of the voice to unite us, as observed by psychologist Uri Hasson. By watching the brainwaves of an audience listening to someone telling their story, he observed their minds begin to mirror each other. In the development of the new voice we also explore its potential to work as a tool within stem cell technology, where the low frequencies it can produce helps in the process to grow tissues such as bone.

 

 

As a result, we grow a spare voice for a singer to perform an anthem that not only explores new possibilities for our national identity, but also functions as a tool within the emerging technology of regenerative medicine.

 

 

New Organs of Creation is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by Science Gallery London. The project is made in collaboration with Professor Lucy Di-Silvio, Professor of Tissue Engineering and her team at the Department of Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics, Kings College London.

Composition by Matt Rogers, Sound design by David Sheffield and performed by Mezzo-Soprano Louise Ashcroft.

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

New Organs of Creation

by

Burton Nitta

 

In collaboration with

Artistic team:

 

Matt Rogers

Composer

 

David Sheffield

Sound Designer

 

Louise Ashcroft

Mezzo Soprano and Actor

 

 

Scientific team:


Prof Lucy Di-Silvio

Professor of Tissue Engineering

Department of Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics

King's College London

 

and

 

Dr Trevor Coward

Department of Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics

King's College London

 

 

 

Special Thanks to:

 

Prof Susan Standring

Emeritus Professor of Anatomy

Department of Anatomy

King's College London




Declan Costello

Consultant ENT Surgeon specialising in voice disorders

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and King Edward VII’s Hospital London

 

 

Prof David Reby

Professor of Ethology (Psychology)

University of Sussex

 

 

Simon Broad

Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

King's College London

 

 

Richard Anderson

3D designer

 

 

 

 

 

Supported by

 

 

SHOWS


28th February - 12th May 2019

Spare Parts season, Science Gallery London


 

 

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