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Explore the 5Hz project with activities, performances, workshops and discussions that investigate the power of language in human relationships.

Artist Emma Smith presents 5Hz – an interactive exhibition that invites audiences to experience a new human language, designed to bring us closer together.

11.30am – 12.30pm Spoken Voice Workshop

Join language therapist and voice coach Christina Shewell for this engaging workshop that offers an opportunity to practically explore your voice in a comfortable group atmosphere. Christina will take people through a range of gentle body, breath and sound exercises, moving into an exploration of the marvellous range of resonance and pitch which are contained in all our voices, but of which we are often unaware.  Simple games and improvisation will allow us to extend our voices in a safe and enjoyable way – and no one will be required to produce a solo!  Join the voice workshop at any point during the hour.

2.30pm – 3.30pm Explore Ancient Music 

Join musicologists Emma Hornby and Elsa de Luca to discover the ancient musical scores that have inspired the 5Hz project.

4pm – 4.30pm Language Lesson with Emma Smith

Join Emma Smith to hear how the 5Hz language was developed and have a go using it yourself.  This practical workshop will introduce you to the 5Hz language offering insights into how it was created and giving you the opportunity to try out ways the language can be used as a group to create micro compositions. Please contact box office to reserve a place.

4.30pm– 5.30pm Q&A with Emma Smith

An opportunity to speak to the artist directly about the exhibition. Emma Smith will be in the gallery during this time and invites visitors to speak with her informally about the exhibition.


5Hz is the result of a collaborative research process with psychologist Laurence White (Plymouth University), cognitive neuroscientist Nina Kazanina, and musicologist Emma Hornby (both University of Bristol). Building on this research, Emma Smith worked with Laurence White to create a language for the role of social bonding.