Emma Smith, 5Hz, 2015. Arnolfini. Photo: Max McClure.

Emma Smith (UK associate) creates sites for public experimentation and research through process and exhibition, often exploring the nature of human relationships and communication through a performance-based social practice.

Previous exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre (2006), Whitechapel Gallery (2007 & 2008), Wysing Arts Centre (2010, 2011 & 2012), Grizedale Arts (2010-12), Artsadmin (2011 & 2012), The Showroom (2011), Tate Modern and Tate Tanks (2011 & 2012), and Radar (2013) UK, with international projects taking place in Australia, Canada, the Canadian Arctic, China, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mauritius and Spain.

Whilst at Delfina Foundation, Emma is developing a new line of research, emergent from her 5Hz, a collaborative project first developed at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, which presented a new singing language based on the elements of voice beyond words that create social relation. Building on this research her new project Chorusing looks at the relationship between song, gesture and transcription to create a new form of musical scoring for the collective voice.

With support from

Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters


Performance as Process:
Season 2


Spring 2016

Artist’s website



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