Hannah Kemp-Welch & Lisa Hall

Virtual Voices

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Hypersonica
Electronic Language International Festival



This work reviews the use of automated voices in cities – considering how human presence is represented through digitally manipulated sound, and how this is used to direct our behaviour. The work questions how automation has been implemented, re-visioning the positive changes that voice technology could bring to working lives. The artists commit their own voices into a hybrid synthetic persona, creating their own virtual workforce to speak on their behalf.

Hannah Kemp-Welch and Lisa Hall started their collaborations whilst studying MA Sound Arts at University of the Arts London in 2010. Lisa Hall is a sound artist exploring how environments are built in sound; Hannah’s practice is socially engaged and concerned with listening. They share an interest in public and private space, and how sound and audio technologies build networks and tell stories that often can’t be seen.