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Bluecoat, Liverpool, 
Fri 27 April to Sun 24 June 2018

Primary, Nottingham,
Fri 30 Nov 2018 to Sat 9 Feb 2019

HOME, Manchester,
Sat 6 Apr 2019 to Sun 19 May 2019

Wysing Arts Centre, off site live performance in Cambridge
18 May, 2019

Emma Smith: 5Hz and Euphonia

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Primary in Nottingham and HOME in Manchester to bring the work of Emma Smith to the three cities. The tour will include an exhibition of Smith’s work 5Hz at Primary, Nottingham, Fri 30 Nov 2018 – Sat 9 Feb 2019; 5Hz and Euphonia at HOME, Manchester, Sat 6 Apr 2019 – Sun 19 May 2019; and a live off site performance with Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge on 18 May, 2019.

5Hz is a sound installation centred around the invention of a new singing language designed to strengthen social connections. Through a year long research process examining psychological and neurological responses to the human voice, Smith created the 5Hz language, comprising a set of sounds that transcend language barriers. Visitors to the exhibition can learn the language and begin using it within 15 minutes.

Leading on from 5Hz, April 2018 saw the premiere of Smith’s latest work Euphonia at Liverpool’s Bluecoat, an ambitious new sound installation based on the musicality of social interactions. Developed through public experiments and workshops with world experts in music, psychology and the brain, contributors to the work include Bluecoat regulars, Liverpool’s homelessness and marginalisation group Choir With No Name and youth theatre group 20 Stories High.

The partnership is the result of a successful bid to Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund and will enable the venues to connect with community groups through workshops with the artist, both in venue and in the community.

Emma Smith has a social based practice and creates large scale installations and performances through research and collaboration. Smith is based in the UK and works internationally. Recent exhibitions / performances include: her major solo exhibition Euphonia at Bluecoat, Liverpool (2018); Hauser & Wirth Somerset (2018); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018), touring exhibition material / rearranged / to / be with Siobhan Davies Dance that premiered at the Barbican before traveling to Tramway, Glasgow; Whitworth, Manchester; and Bluecoat, Liverpool (2017); Hunch – a major public performance work and installation in Cambridge city centre (2017); The Whistling Orchestra – that premiered at Primary, Nottingham before traveling to Nottingham Contemporary and Wysing Polyphonic Music Festival (2016); as well as projects for Art on the Underground, London (2017), Tate Exchange, London (2017), MAAS, Sydney Australia (2017), Delfina Foundation, London (2016), B-A-U, Italy (2016), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2015), and Arnolfini, Bristol (2015), among many others.