The Wernicke’s Area
Responding to the story and medical condition of Debbie Boss, wife of ANU’s co-artistic director and visual artist Owen Boss, the collaboration resulted in a critically acclaimed mixed media installation that premiered at IMMA in October 2022. Informed by cutting-edge neurophysiological research from the Cunningham Laboratory led by Professor Mark Cunningham (Trinity College Dublin), the work fuses music composed by Professor Emily Howard (Director RNCM PRiSM) for mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton and violist Stephen Upshaw, AI Sound Design by Dr Bofan Ma (RNCM PRiSM Post-Doctoral Research Associate), and custom-made fabric pieces designed by Owen Boss and produced on a digital Jacquard loom.
The work is a fascinating and poignant art-science exploration of epilepsy.
— The Irish Times, October 2022
For all involved, the first performance of ‘The Wernicke’s Area” was an extremely moving experience.
— The New York Times, November 2022