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 Talk with Robin Dunbar
Join Robin Dunbar (Oxford University) to learn about the evolution of language.
3.30pm – 4pm 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.
5pm – 5.30pm Poetry and fiction reading
Join Emma Smith to explore a selection of fictitious languages.
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.