Skip to content
Arnolfini - est 1961

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 Language Evolution experiment

Join psychologist Laurence White (Plymouth University) to explore the music of speech and take part in a language evolution experiment.

2pm – 3pm Music Bonding Workshop

Join musician Zoe Palmer to learn how to bond through voice. This activity is especially suitable for families, parents, babies and siblings but all are welcome.

3pm – 3.30pm Singing Performance

Vocal performance by Zoe Palmer followed by an in conversation between Zoe and Emma Smith.

4.30pm – 5pm Language Lesson with Emma Smith

Join Emma Smith to hear how the 5Hz language was developed and have a go using it yourself.  Please contact box office to reserve a place.

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.