Top of the Bots: Karaoke Night
“In moments of identifying with voices, we are seeking to relive the moment of loss, and to ritualize it.” Freya Jarman, Queer Voices
Top of the Bots: Karaoke Night is a participatory experience by artist Libby Heaney. It is a performance and installation exploring individual and collective identity, voice, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and pop culture, drawing on Libby’s adolescence in working class Tamworth, where group singing with strangers formed new bonds and expressions of solidarity — a collective drama, pride, tolerance and occasionally tears.
The identification with other voices and other times were essential for finding that elusive transcendental moment to escape everyday life. Visit a hidden karaoke room where you can perform with friends and strangers as a selected 90s musician and appear on the screen as the original singer via new AI technology.
Supported by Art Night and Arts Council England
Image credit: Libby Heaney, ‘Singing’. Courtesy of the artist