The Whole Earth Chanting

Fri 18 June 2021, 8:30pm - 10:00pm at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough

The Whole Earth Chanting - bird 1180 x 670

(Photo credit: Libby Heaney)

The Whole Earth Chanting - kirtan - close up 1180 x 670

(Photo credit: Libby Heaney)

The Whole Earth Chanting 1180 x 670

(Photo credit: Libby Heaney)

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 as part of our Risk Related series of works, this is the work's world premiere.

Against the all-too-frequent use of A.I. to divide and entrench the status quo, The Whole Earth Chanting 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 organised by LU Arts which showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed on the LU Arts website.


Tickets cost £3 and are strictly limited. We strongly recommend booking in advance, which you can do here. We cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the door.


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 (

Further Information

COVID restrictions will be in place in the church for the performance.

Emmanuel Church is on Forest Road in Loughborough and has free parking. Its postcode is LE11 3NW.

Photography and filming will be taking place at this event.

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