The Shape of Sound: An exploration of our moving, felt, embodied hearing technologies

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‘The Shape of Sound’ project seeks to build a visceral bridge to an understanding of internally crafted technologies, in this instance the hair cells inside the cochlea. It combines explorations of human movement with a reverse scale artistic interpretation of the hair cells that mirror the inner
workings of our bodies, materialised as an installation made of wool and silk threads, suspended from above that both capture and
respond to vibration, breath, and bodily movement (see Figure 1). Sound enters our ears in the form of a travelling wave of movement, in which the hair
cells respond, and yet the artist installation (made by hand by Petra Johnson) – sometimes referred to as “warps” – both responds and synergistically
influences movement from the dance artists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-43
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

We publish written, audio and visual pieces online, providing Open Access downloads. Through the support of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), we also publish a limited edition of printed copies.


This research was made possible by support from Coventry Historic Trust, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Community Fund, Coventry City of Culture Trust, and Coventry University.


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