Spatial Sound

Michelle Lewis­-King

Michelle Lewis­-King is an artist, Chinese medicine practitioner, scholar and lecturer. She is currently a PhD research fellow for the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Cambridge, UK. Lewis-King’s creative practice research investigates the cultural interfaces between art, medicine, technology and culture. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, PA, USA, an MA in Sculpture From Chelsea College of Arts, University of London, a PgDip in the History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art from Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London and a BSc in Integrative Medicine: Acupuncture from the University of Westminster, with postgraduate training in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Her research is published in Intellect, Digital Creativity, the Journal of Sonic Studies, Reflections on Process in Sound, etc. Her artwork was recently in INFO DETOX @ Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Drawing Towards Sound (including Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, etc.) and University of Greenwich, London. Other exhibitions include: the V&A Museum, the Anatomy Museum ­ King’s College, Ex-­Teresa Museum (Mexico), Spike Island and Rencontres Internationales (Paris, Berlin, Madrid). Michelle works collaboratively with artists, musicians, scientists and technologists (most recently ­at The Port @ CERN, Geneva, Switzerland).

Lewis-King creates bespoke sonic compositions by utilising Chinese pulse diagnosis to read the interior cosmological landscape of another person. Upon Lewis-King’s readings of the individual pulse of participants, the participants’ bodies are then interpreted in 4DSOUND as instantaneous physical sound sculptures, turning the inner world of the subject into an outer physical environment of sound.

Lewis-King’s method creates unique records of moments of embodied consciousness that exists between oneself and another, and between different cultural approaches for understanding and mediating the body. Pulse reading, comparative case histories, real-time graphic scoring of participant’s pulses and generative soundscape compositions are techniques used to inquire into the cultural encounter between human beings, medicine and technology.