The Whole Earth Chanting

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The world premiere of a new work by the artist Libby Heaney, musician Nabihah Iqbal, and artificial intelligence.

The Whole Earth Chanting is a stunning musical work produced by the artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney and the musician Nabihah Iqbal (Ninja Tune). Commissioned by Radar, this is the work's world premiere.

Against the all-too-frequent use of A.I. to divide and entrench the status quo, the work uses the power of voice, sound and the intimacy of performance to explore new expressions of belonging and collective identity between humans and non-humans.

During the performance, musician Iqbal will respond to chants generated by artificial intelligence, which was trained by Heaney on data ranging from Gregorian Chanting to the humming of equipment in the quantum physics lab. 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 event is part of Interface: a week of discussions and events that showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed under ‘What’s on’.


Emmanuel Church has step free access and is fitted with a loop system for hearing aid users. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, then please email us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate these (

Photography and filming will be taking place at this event. If you do not consent to your photo being taken/being filmed and this used for publicity purposes, then please alert the photographer/videographer/event organiser on the day.

Photo credit: Libby Heaney

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