New Organs of Creation, 2013, 2019

 

Can a voice speak to us on a cellular level and create a new anthem to bridge a future of national divides?


New Organs of Creation presents a hypothetical development of the human larynx (voice box), using tissue engineering, to extend the ability of the voice as a transformational instrument.

The project is made in collaboration with Prof Lucy Di-Silvio who used tissue engineering to grow human cells on the prototype anatomical larynx. The structure of the larynx was designed taking inspiration from other animals to extend our vocal abilities. The scaffold of the larynx was 3D printed with Dr Trevor Coward from the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London.


Photos from Tissue Enginnering lab, Kings College London






Grown hypothetical larynx as relic of future

 

The resulting voice attempts to enable a singer to talk directly to the body’s cells. With this voice, the singer performs an anthem expressing a national identity for the future of what many are calling “Britain's divided nation”. 

The Singer and the Anthem

Research has shown that sound can help direct the eventual form of stem cells. For instance, low sound frequencies in the range of 50Hz to 100Hz can help coax stem cells into bone cells, instead of other forms such as heart or skin cells. The synthetic larynx is designed to produce these low sound ranges, taking anatomical inspiration from the koala, cat and a man with a record-breaking bass voice.

The transformational voice
Transformational voice = between 0.189 - 784 Hz = TIM STORMS + KOALA + CAT + MEZZON SOPRANO


With a voice that can reach these frequencies, a new anthem (composer, Matt Rogers & sound desiger, David Sheppard) aims to go beyond national divides, sung by a voice (mezzo-soprano, Louise Ashcroft) able to talk to us on a cellular level and change the state of the physical world.



In the development of the piece, Burton Nitta has recorded public voices and voice experts from around the country. These discussions ask for visions of where we are heading as a nation and explore the power of the voice as an instrument for change.

VOICE EXPERTS  


 

NATIONS VOICE

 

 

 

New Organs of Creation is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by Science Gallery London.

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

New Organs of Creation

by

Burton Nitta

 

In collaboration with

Artistic team:

 

Matt Rogers

Composer

 

David Sheppard

Sound Designer

 

Louise Ashcroft

Mezzo Soprano and Actor

 

 

Scientific team:


Prof Lucy Di-Silvio

Professor of Tissue Engineering

Centre for Oral, Clinical and Translational Sciences

Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

King's College London

Guy's Hospital

 

Dr Trevor Coward

Consultant,

Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Rehabilitation,

King’s College London

 

Hassan Mohamed Farah

Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Division,

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

 

The Manx Singers

 

Sir Joseph Alan Meale

 

Winstan

 

Aaron Mcmullan

 

All the people who generously contributed

their voices through the interview process.

 

 

Supported by

 

 

 

SHOWS


Exhibition:


28th February - 12th May 2019

Spare Parts season, Science Gallery London

 

Performance:

8th May 2019, Science Gallery London ( Further information coming soon)




 

 

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