In Your Vivacious voice: Why your human voice and your vocal body matter, Yvon considers how emitting vocal sounds may transform the world around us – physically, biologically and emotionally – and exactly how this is achieved.
He explores the theory behind his unique approach to vocal artwork and reflects on his recent experience of creating participatory extra-normal voice artworks for children and families – including research collaborations with speech and voice scientists, digital experts and visual artists.
“My work began with a passionate interest in the huge range of sounds that human beings are capable of making,” said Yvon, Professor of Artistic Process, Voice and Extended Practices at the University of Winchester. “I wondered why so many of these sounds didn’t appear in Western singing, in speech, and even in daily life. I’m now working on developing innovative ways of engaging special audiences and the general public in exploring these uncharted territories of their voices.”
Yvon recently founded Tract+Touch – a charity developing his practices further, with the goal of making sophisticated vocal art accessible to the wider public as well as to children who have profound and multiple learning disabilities.
His work has attracted major funding support from organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, and he has presented, shown work, and guest-taught in 14 countries during the last ten years.
Professor Yvon Bonenfant’s inaugural lecture, Your Vivacious voice: Why your human voice and your vocal body matter, takes place at 6pm on Thursday 4 February at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. For further information and to book your free place visit www.winchester.ac.uk/vivaciousvoice
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