Tonnotopia opening at the V&A

Cochlear implants (CIs) enable people who are profoundly deaf to perceive sound digitally. Fascinated by this unique form of hearing, artist and composer Tom Tlalim invited six CI users to the V&A to participate in his residency on co-designing sound art for CI users. The conversations revealed a huge diversity of experiences before and after the implant surgery and following the pivotal moment when the CI devices were switched on. This display presents these encounters alongside objects donated by the participants and sound art created by Tom Tlalim in response to the research.

Private view:
Friday 12 October 2018
The V&A, Sackler Centre Level 0 (Reception)
Entrance through Exhibition Road
Drinks and refreshments provided

Tom Tlalim with participating CI users: Stephen Bell, Rachael Cunningham, Seohye Lee, Chris Peecock, Edward Rex, Sarah Smith.

With thanks to Leanne Manfredi and Rory Hyde at the V&A, Ariel Caine and Dror Shohet, Chen Wagner, Julie Lie, Guy Harries, 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