‘The Whole World Chanting’ is a live performance and recorded work by artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney and performer and ethnomusicologist Nabihah Iqbal. The work uses the power of voice, sound and music, and the intimacy of performance to explore new expressions of belonging and collective identity between humans and non-humans - a post-human spiritualism, entangling human perception with the material world.
A live collaboration between a generative AI, trained on examples of chants, both ‘human and non-human’ and the live synths and vocals of Nabihah Iqbal, the piece pushes against widespread uses of artificial intelligence to manage (supposed) risks in the service of the status quo. As religious chants blur with football fans’ singing, birds and Iqbal's voice, the boundaries of categories through which we usually understand the world are dissolved, creating a transcendental journey enabling the ‘other’ to enter and transform.
This work was originally commissioned and performed at Radar Loughborough as part of it’s Risk Related programme.