Pedro Oliveira

(b. 1985, São Paulo)
researcher, sound artist, and educator working in, with, and around decolonial and sonic thinking. He is one half of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform. He holds a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In 2018–19 he worked as teaching and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf; from June–September he will be a IASPIS fellow in Stockholm (Sweden).

My research interest focuses on inquiring the colonial politics of sonic violence, and in particular the articulations of police violence and the policing of bodies through sound and listening practices. In my artistic practice I work with sonic fabulation as a decolonizing method for shifting listening towards new forms of auditory insolence. My current project, “The Emotional Residue of an Unnatural Boundary” 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, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur in collaboration with the CTM Festival.

My doctoral dissertation explored the material articulations of racialized sonic violence by the Brazilian Military Police and the ongoing criminalization and instrumentalization of sound, listening practices, and musics of underprivileged populations in the country. In understanding design to be an ontological force in the world, my research moved back-and-forth from design research and sound studies, exploring how the colonial/modern establishment of normative listening practices is translated into design decisions not only at the institutional and the everyday level, but also into media narratives about sound in the Brazilian imaginary.

I am currently based in Berlin.
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