Pedro Oliveira

1985, São Paulo. Currently based in Berlin and Helsinki.

I am a researcher, sound artist, and educator working in decolonial and sonic thinking. Currently I am a Postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies; I hold a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. I have previously worked as a lecturer in Musicology and Media Studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin, as well as a teaching and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. Artistic residencies include the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, and IASPIS/EMS, both in Stockholm. I am a founding member of the research platform Decolonising Design.

In February 2020 I was awarded the second prize of the HASH Award by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM Karlsruhe.

My work inquires the cultural and colonial articulations of listening, (racialized) violences, and the policing of bodies in urban and border spaces. My current research focuses on so-called “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, ZKM Karlsruhe in partnership with Akademie Solitude, and the Max-Planck Gesellschaft.

I also make music as OLVRA.

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