Voice Park / Aswarm
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Voice Park

Have you ever actually held
your own voice

“It was perfect for Hull people. We natives of Hull can often feel a bit shy or even ashamed to speak... with our our wide flat vowels. Many of us put on a ‘posh’ voice in interviews or just to answer the phone! - So imagine the joy of this wonderful Voice Park where local people were encouraged and could revel in the sounds of their own voices and once again could, shout out with pride “WE ARE HULL!”."

In this era of divergent voices, enter award winning public arts company Aswarm with their crack team of VEARO’s, out to harness the power of the ‘collective voice’ of our city.

speaking with the collective voice of the city

Phase 1

Our mobile voice collection teams, or "Vearo’s", go out across the city, engaging people in the spaces where they live, shop, work and play in a vocal vapour capturing exchange. Providing a series of encounters where people get to hold and see their voice in a whole new light, enlisting them as co-conspiritors in the Voice Park project.

Phase 2

All the disparate vocal components that make up a cities voice are gathered together into a Voice Park. An immersive installation and interactive mechanism that enables people to play with and articulate the collective voice of their city. Exploring the very nature of “speaking’ and creative potential of the collective voice. Open by day and by night, a whole pride of Voice-pods pulse with light & sound, collectively condensing all the vocal vapour we have gathered into a little bottle of Essence-du-Voix, for people to take away and use when they need to draw on the power of their cities voice.

I'm going to treasure my little bottle of ‘essence of distilled Hull voices’ forever!!!

The story so far

  • Initiated as A City Of Culture commission for Hull 2017
  • Redeveloped VP 2.0 with Oxford Contemporary Music in Oxford 2018
  • Touring version 3.0 in development with York Mediale (Unesco) in 2020
  • Touring 2021: British Arts Show ’21: Wolverhampton Art Gallery & WolvsLitFest

HOW IT WORKS - in more detail








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