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Research project: Voices in the Gallery: Phase 2

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Voices in the Gallery: Phase 2 will run from January 2021 to January 2023. This project is led by Sarah Hayden and funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship.

Social distancing has brought new attention to the means by which we communicate remotely. It also brings new pressures to bear-highlighting gaps in the conduits upon which individuals, communities and organisations suddenly and solely rely. This accelerated transition to conducting conversations, classes, performances, medical consultations, business and relationships via digitally mediated speech and text transforms our cultural experience of vocality. Crisis has provoked mass adaptation. Later, it will necessitate reflection. Assistive technologies—synthetic voice assistants, text-to-speech programmes, automated transcription, closed captions—have long been used to translate sound into text and vice versa. In recent years, these systems have passed into mainstream consumer use: enhancing inclusivity in some domains and bringing obstacles to access into relief in others. All of these innovations are registered and creatively processed by contemporary artists whose work already interrogates the potentiality of this expanded, multimodal vocality. Voices in the Gallery 2 extends the original project's theorisation of voiceover in contemporary art to engage stakeholders across the creative industries in a cross-sectoral exploration of the transformed nature of 'voice' today.

This project developed from Voices in the Gallery (2019-2021). Phase 2 (2021-2023) is also funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship. Sarah Hayden (PI) will work in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, Daly Lyon Graphic Design and the UK Association for Accessible Formats. Through these collaborations, VitG2 will generate publications, presentations, artist commissions, public events and site-specific interventions.

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