SPARE PARTS: New Organs of Creation

A woman looks through a glass globe at a very small 3D printed larynx in the piece "New Organs of Creation" by Burton Nitta
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
Science Gallery London
FREE, ticketed event


What might an anthem composed for ‘Britain’s divided nation’ sound like?

The world premiere of 'New Organs of Creation' redesigns what an anthem can be and highlights how the human voice can connect with us in heightened ways. 

An interdisciplinary team crossing science, art, performance, music and technology invites you to be immersed in a voice and new composition that aims to speak directly to your body’s cells.

There will also be an opportunity to hear how, and why, artists Burton Nitta collaborated with King’s College London researchers Lucy Di-Silvio and Trevor Coward to engineer a larynx capable of these non-human sounds as part of the SPARE PARTS exhibition.

About the contributor(s) 

Work created by:

Burton Nitta (comprised of Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta) is an transdisciplinary art and design studio based in London collaborating with science and technology to investigate our future world and human evolution.

Artistic collaborators:

Matt Rogers is a British composer who has written for and with a host of leading instrumentalists, ensembles and technologists. He is currently the Guildhall Composer in Residence at Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He has received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and been Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London and Tokyo Wonder Site. He was also the first composer to be commissioned by London’s Art on the Underground.

Louise Ashcroft is a mezzo soprano and actor who was trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. Her work includes a comedy sketch show for the BBC, a police television series for ITV, regional rep theatre, Shakespeare, Music Theatre and a National No. 1 UK tour.

Scientific collaborators:

Lucy Di-Silvio is Professor of Tissue Engineering at the Centre of Oral, Clinical and Translational Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London. Her research is based on the regeneration of tissues using stem cell technology and its translation and application for specific clinical problems related largely to oral, craniofacial and orthopaedics. 

Trevor Coward is Consultant in Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Rehabilitation at King's College London. He has over thirty years of experience rehabilitating patients with facial/body prostheses. The aim of his research, is to rebuild faces using innovative prostheses based on novel technologies. The main focus of his research is based upon the use of digital technology in the planning and provision of facial prostheses.

New Organs of Creation is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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