Tonotopia: Listening Through Cochlear Implants at the V&A

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Tonotopia: Listening Through Cochlear Implants is a series of works developed by artist and composer Tom Tlalim through dialogues with users of Cochlear Implants. The show explores technologically-extended listening. It is on show at the V&A's John Lyons Charity Community Gallery from Fri October 12th untill March 2019.

Cochlear implants (CIs) enable people who are profoundly deaf to perceive sound digitally. But as they are designed mainly for speech, the implants do not accurately convey musical pitch and dynamic sounds. This makes it often difficult for CI users to listen to music and other complex sounds.

This display presents these encounters alongside objects donated by the participants and sound art created by Tom Tlalim in response to the research.

For more information about this project, visit www.tonotopia.org

Participating CI users: Stephen Bell, Rachael Cunningham, Seohye Lee, Chris Peecock, Edward Rex, Sarah Smith

AV collaborators: Ariel Caine (Cinematography), Dror Shohet (Editing and Cinematography)

Curated by Tom Tlalim with thanks to Leanne Manfredi and Rory Hyde at the V&A team, Ariel Caine and Dror Shohet, Chen Wagner, Julie Lie, Prof. Maria Chait and Prof. Mara Mills.

X-Ray images courtesy of Prof David Furness / The Wellcome Collection
Acoustic solutions provided by Ecophon
The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in collaboration with Action on Hearing Loss

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