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Sound Department Colloquium Series: Pedro Oliveira

Wednesday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Please join us over Zoom. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Seamus Carey at or Lou Mallozzi at

The Sound Department Colloquium Series is a series of presentations by the department's visiting artists and scholars, faculty, graduate students and invited guests. The presentation on October 28 will feature visiting artist Pedro Oliveira.

Pedro Oliveira is researcher, sound artist, and educator working in decolonial and sonic thinking. Oliveira’s work inquires the cultural and colonial articulations of listening, violence, and the policing of bodies in urban and border spaces. In his artistic practice he works with sonic fabulation as a decolonizing methodology. My current research intervenes on accent recognition technologies and their deployment in the border and migration industries of Germany and the European Union; this project has so far been partially funded by the Goethe-Institut Brussels, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, Deutschlandfunk Kultur in collaboration with the CTM Festival, Konstnärsnämnden Sweden, and ZKM Karlsruhe in partnership with Akademie Solitude.

Oliveira holds a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Oliveira is currently an artist-in-residence at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt (Germany). He has previously been a lecturer in Musicology and Media Studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin, an artist-in-residence and guest composer at IASPIS and EMS, both in Stockholm (Sweden), as well as teaching and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. He is also a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform.


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