Sam Belinfante & Ed McKeon (Third Ear) curators
The Voice and the Lens explores the human voice, conjured up for our eyes through film and performance.
The voice is part of the human body’s technology. Voices are often described in terms of “colour” (coloratura: to colour) and focus, language also given to light and film, while many light techniques are also mimicked by the movement of the mouth’s aperture. It also seems increasingly important to look at the voice rather than just hear it.
From 19th-century experiments with moving images, to early films, video, MTV, digital film, IMAX and mobile phones, the voice has played a central role in our relationship to technology. The Voice and the Lens explores how these technologies have shaped the voice, and how the voice has shaped these technologies.
During the evening, take an unguided tour through an exhibition of simultaneous screenings and live performances across a number of spaces, featuring works from over 30 artists, including: Of Leonardo Da Vinci by Elaine Mitchener, David Toop and Barry Lewis; Elizabeth Price’s Turner Prize-winning Choir; a feature on teenage rights of passage curated by Artprojx; and Lore Lixenberg’s Adipose, about an opera diva who has her cake and eats it, plus much more.
The Voice and the Lens is a Third Ear production in partnership with Rich Mix, Spitalfields Music and Whitechapel Gallery.
Supported by Arts Council England.