Chelsea Haith wins funding from the Minderoo-Oxford Challenge and TORCH's Humanities Cultural Programme

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Final year DPhil candidate Chelsea Haith has won funding from both the Minderoo-Oxford Challenge in AI Governance and TORCH’s Humanities Cultural Programme for her Sound of Contagion project. The work entails bringing pandemic literature into conversation with music composition and machine learning technologies. 

Chelsea has developed The Sound of Contagion in equal partnership with Rob Laidlow (Royal Northern College of Music) and Wenzel Mehnert (Universität der Künste Berlin). This innovative creative-academic work comes off the back of early February 2020 invitations to the team to participate in the burgeoning Oxford-Berlin partnership. The advent of the pandemic shaped the researchers aural experience of collaborative work and this has informed their methodology. 

For more on the project see their website linked above, and listen to the trio discuss their work in two podcast episodes: