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Significant Birds at the Science Gallery Dublin

Ok, this is bad – over a month into the show I am finally getting around to posting about the great ILLUSION exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin. The Gallery specialises in shows that use art to illustrate, comment on or otherwise deal with scientific ideas, and ILLUSION looks at how we can learn about perception through (mostly visual) illusions. I have taken the principle behind my Exploded Sound work to create an audio illusion (entitled Significant Birds) in which a spoken text is broken down into individual harmonics which chirp away in 12 bird cages – the listener hears them drift in and out of phase. As they coalesce it is impossible not to hear the voice although no individual speaker contains any more than a single fluctuating pure tone (like the chirping of a bird – the bird imagery extends my piece Bird:Cage).

The Show runs till the end of September and details can be found here:
https://sciencegallery.com/illusion/significantbirds

There are a couple of interviews with me online here:
http://www.newstalk.ie/audio-henry-illusionists-crazy-installations

and here:
http://siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/33415-magic-psychology-and-art
(this one is a little stilted at first because they had just persuaded me to demonstrate some vocal harmonics on camera so I’m trying to express myself in a way that will make that feel natural :-) )

The ILLUSION show also showcases the larger version of Madi Boyd’s The Point of Perception for which I made a soundtrack earlier this year:
https://sciencegallery.com/illusion/pointofperception

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