Pedro Oliveira

(b. 1985, São Paulo)
researcher, sound artist, and educator working in decolonial and sonic thinking. I hold a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Currently I am a lecturer in Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Previously I have been at IASPIS and EMS, both in Stockholm (Sweden), and worked as a teaching and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. I am also a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform.

My work inquires the cultural and colonial articulations of listening, violence, and the policing of bodies in urban and border spaces. In my artistic practice I work 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.

In my PhD I 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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