A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Lyric Cacophony

The White House

Visual and sound artist Emma Smith hosted Lyric Cacophony, a collaborative project with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people across social care in Barking and Dagenham. The collaboration culminated in a co-produced soundwork using haptic technologies, developing a new artwork that could be experienced through hearing and touch.

Together, the group experimented with audio and digital technologies, exploring the musicality of speech, politics of voice and the physical nature of sound. Learning how sound travels through the body, what we can and can’t hear, and how this affects our physical and emotional response.

The White House
884 Green Lane

Open in Maps

Emma Smith is a visual artist based in the UK and works internationally. She has a social practice and creates platforms for people to share research, experiences, knowledge and no-how of human relationships to one another and the places we co-habit.

Commissioned by The White House as part of New Town Culture, a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.