Bompas and Parr’s Voice Of God – Merge Bankside

IMG_8081Last night I headed down to the Hilton Bankside and experienced a pool party out of this world. It was all for Bompas and Parr’s Voice Of God installation.

The supernatural voice installation is the headliner at this year’s MERGE Bankside. The annual immersive arts, music and performance festival. The festival is currently in its sixth year and runs between the 24 September to the  2 October 2016.

Situated at the Hilton London Bankside’s swimming pool. ‘Voice of God’ is said to be a world first; ‘the only time that infrasound has been creatively used to give people a spectral visitation. The physical installation poses questions about consciousness, our perception of the physical world, and our understanding of the supernatural’.

In conjunction with acoustic scientists, Bompas and Parr’s installation broadcasts infrasound at 19 Hz. According to information I received before the event ‘the frequency is below the regular hearing threshold of a human but is the resonant frequency of the human eyeball. These low-frequency vibrations can cause the eyeball to distort activating the rods and cones in your eyes through pressure rather than through light’.

Did it make my eyeballs vibrate? Did I have a supernatural experience? Not really! But I did have an awesome time and it’s something you should experience for yourself. Maybe you’ll have a different experience.

Reporter: Tegan LeBon
Twitter/Instagram: @toogs1

Voice of God
MERGE Bankside
Hilton London Bankside
2-8 Great Suffolk St,
London SE1 0UG
Opening times:
Thursday 29 September: 12pm -5pm
Friday 30 September: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 1 October: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 2 October: 12pm – 5pm
Entry: free