What are the natural forces that drive us to sing, strum, drum and dance? What makes a hit? And why is my toe tapping along to this tune?

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker recently claimed that music is "auditory cheesecake", designed to tickle parts of our brain designed for more serious purposes like speech and abstract reasoning. Darwin, on the other hand, preferred to think that music and dance evolved as an integral part of human courtship rituals. George Bernard Shaw more racily described dancing as "the vertical expression of a horizontal desire". Our brains, ears and vocal chords are exquisitely designed for enjoying and creating music.

From an acoustic bed to sonic tables and experiments on your emotional response to pop music, BIORHYTHM: MUSIC AND THE BODY will allow you to feel how music moves your body through an interactive bazaar of unique sonic experiences, installations, experiments and performances from musicians, engineers and neuroscientists from around the world. 

Feel how music moves through you in a range of immersive experiences including a “sound capsule”, experience music in a sonic bed, take part in the world’s largest study on music and emotion, and play musical instruments with your heartbeat. 

— Rhythm
— Voice
— The physiology & neuroscience of music
— Music and the emotions

The BIORHYTHM installations are set within a flexible design framework capable of adapting to any number of layout configurations. All structures are robust modular and can be installed and deinstalled quickly and easily. Twelve white ‘L’ shaped structures populate the space, creating a dramatic, non-linear setting within which each installation can be experienced. Holes cut into each of the structures creates a visual motif through the exhibition, opening unexpected sightlines and drawing light into each space. 

360° TOUR
Scroll around the 360° tour of BIORHYTHM below, shot when it was exhibited at National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan.



A curatorial team consisting of musicians, neuroscientists and researchers selected fourteen projects from the open call submissions which best fit with the overall vision of BIORHYTHM and the key concepts we wished to explore. The curators of BIORHYTHM were:

— Gavin Friday, musician
— Linda Buckley, composer
— Ben Knapp, Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech
— Professor Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience
— Michael John Gorman, Founding Director of Science Gallery Dublin

— Footprint: ~4500 sq. ft.
— Ceiling height: Minimum 10ft.
— Environment: 65-68°f / 18-20°c
— Dwell time: Approximately 1 hour
— Power needs: c.30 amps
— Set up time: ~8 days
— Take down time: ~6 days
— Delivery / pick up time: ~2 hours
— Science Gallery team supplied: 2 x techs, 2 x art handlers/assistants
— Venue needs for set up/take down: 2 x techs/riggers, 2 x assistants, access to wood and/or metal shop
— Equipment: Fork lift, pallet jacks, wheel boards
— Gallery: Lighting and rig