Map A Voice is a collaborative project, which was awarded with the Cultural Institute’s Collaborative Innovation Grant for Early Career Researchers at King’s College London.
The project is a collaboration between King’s College London’s Department of Music and Department of Media and Computing & Rapid-Mix at Goldsmiths, University of London. It is supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s as part of the Early Career Researchers scheme.
Currently developed at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, the project aims to explore the sonic and social interactions between human voice and physical environment. We investigate the following questions:
- How does a voice connect to a place?
- If forms of speech — as well as what speaks — are not limited to mediums for verbal language or normative limits of hearing, in what other forms can a voice speak with its physical environment?
- Can we consider such speech a medium for sonic and social interactions between human and nonhuman bodies?
- Can we map a voice by means of these interactions?
The intended outputs of the project include a series of workshops, an interactive digital application, and a physical interface devised for exploring the questions above.
The first in the series of workshops was held at the Anatomy Museum at King’s College London in January 2017. Following this workshop, Map a Voice was featured in the Early Career Researchers Scheme at King’s Cultural Institute, in February 2017. To see the video excerpt of this event, please see below:
The second workshop took place in Dr. Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri’s class, “Shaping Sound,” at Cornell University in October 2017, and the third workshop was devised in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with Dr. John D’Arcy. For a detailed description of the workshops and audio/visual documentations, please visit Workshops.