In partnership with HOME (Manchester) and Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting 5Hz by Emma Smith here at Primary as part of a tour supported by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

5Hz is a sound installation centred around the invention of a new singing language designed to strengthen social connections. Through a year long research process examining psychological and neurological responses to the human voice, Smith created the 5Hz language, comprising a set of sounds that transcend language barriers. Visitors to the exhibition can learn the language and begin using it within 15 minutes.

Leading on from 5Hz, April 2018 saw the premiere of Smith’s latest work Euphonia at Liverpool’s Bluecoat, an ambitious new sound installation based on the musicality of social interactions. Developed through public experiments and workshops with world experts in music, psychology and the brain, contributors to the work include Bluecoat regulars, Liverpool’s homelessness and marginalisation group Choir With No Name and youth theatre group 20 Stories High.

5Hz will be at Primary from Friday 30 November 2018 – Saturday 9 February.

5Hz and Euphonia will then be at HOME from Saturday 6 April – Sunday 19 May 2019, with a live performance at Wysing Arts Centre on 18 May 2019.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with HOME and Wysing Arts Centre to bring Smith’s work to each of the three cities, and we’re looking forward to hosting 5Hz at Primary.



Emma Smith has a social based practice and creates large scale installations and performances through research and collaboration. Smith is based in the UK and works internationally. Recent exhibitions / performances include: her major solo exhibition Euphonia at Bluecoat, Liverpool (2018); Hauser & Wirth Somerset (2018); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018), touring exhibition material / rearranged / to / be with Siobhan Davies Dance that premiered at the Barbican before traveling to Tramway, Glasgow; Whitworth, Manchester; and Bluecoat, Liverpool (2017); Hunch – a major public performance work and installation in Cambridge city centre (2017); The Whistling Orchestra – that premiered at Primary, Nottingham before traveling to Nottingham Contemporary and Wysing Polyphonic Music Festival (2016); as well as projects for Art on the Underground, London (2017), Tate Exchange, London (2017), MAAS, Sydney Australia (2017), Delfina Foundation, London (2016), B-A-U, Italy (2016), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2015), and Arnolfini, Bristol (2015), among many others.

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