Sharon Hayes, There is so much I want to Say to You, 2012

First Fridays

First Friday: Sound, the Voice and Loss by Andrea Oliver Roberts

  • May 5, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • MAWA, 611 Main Street

Free admission, everyone welcome!

“The voice” is often invoked as a symbol of neoliberal democracy, portrayed as an instrument of personal choice and participation. However, the everyday experience of speaking starkly contrasts with such a vision, as this voice is sometimes quelled with violence or buried in noise online. Starting from this disjuncture, Roberts will discuss the ways in which artists use sound and the voice to trouble issues of embodiment, identity and loss. From unheard frequencies to operatic multimedia performance, this talk will explore the works of Sharon Hayes, M. Lamar, Hito Steyerl and others. 

  • Andrea Oliver Roberts

    Andrea Oliver Roberts is a multidisciplinary artist whose sound, installation and print works contend with technology, identity and ways of knowing within capitalism.  Roberts has shown at galleries and festivals internationally, with recent presentations at send + receive 2019, Plug In ICA STAGES biennial 2019 and The Auxiliary, UK. Roberts writes on issues of sound, gender and technology, and performs with their solo experimental electronic project VOR. A recent artist in residence at Miami’s Oolite Arts and Brooklyn’s Pioneerworks, Roberts holds an MFA in Sculpture from the California College of the Arts.

    Andrea Roberts, Crisis Canon. Site-specific intervention, sandblasted text, sound score and performance.  Plug In ICA STAGES biennial 2019.