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Abstract turntablist and sound artist Maria Chavez conducts an abstract turntable workshop at Stuart's Opera House on March 16. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Abstract turntablist and sound artist Maria Chavez conducts an abstract turntable workshop at Stuart's Opera House on March 16. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)

Maria Chavez Conducts Abstract Turntable Workshop at Stuart’s


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It was all about basking in the sounds of malfunction yesterday afternoon when avant-garde artist and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez led a small group in an intimate abstract turntable workshop at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.

Throughout her presentation, Chavez demonstrated various sound art techniques that utilize a turntable and record albums, ultimately utilizing the physicality of the turntable medium to craft brand new sounds. She would introduce a technique, demonstrate it on one of her two turntables, and then invite participants to give it a whirl.

“This group is almost as shy as the class I had in Russia!” joked Chavez halfway through the presentation, working diligently with the curious yet quiet group congregated at Stuart’s for the event.

Chavez’s workshop is just one portion of her visit to the Ohio University campus. Today, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Chavez will lecture alongside anthropologist Shane Greene in Seigfred Hall 401. Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chavez will also perform at ARTS/West.

Her visit to Athens is presented by Ohio University’s Latin American Studies, with support from the College of Fine Arts.

Take a look at these photos by WOUB’s Marie Swartz, taken yesterday afternoon during the workshop.

A participant in Maria Chavez's abstract turntable workshop at Stuart's Opera House practices one of the techniques Chavez demonstrated on one of her turntables. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
A participant in Maria Chavez’s abstract turntable workshop at Stuart’s Opera House practices one of the techniques Chavez demonstrated on one of her turntables. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
A young participant in Marie Chavez's abstract turntable workshop enjoys creating sound art alongside another participant in the workshop. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
A young participant in Marie Chavez’s abstract turntable workshop enjoys creating sound art alongside another participant in the workshop. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Sound artist Maria Chavez demonstrates a sound art technique on one of her turntables. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Sound artist Maria Chavez demonstrates a sound art technique on one of her turntables. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Artist Maria Chavez at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Artist Maria Chavez at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville March 16. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Maria Chavez explains that dexterity is a component of crafting sound art. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Maria Chavez explains that dexterity is a component of crafting sound art. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Maria Chavez's sound art equipment in Stuart's Opera House. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)
Maria Chavez’s turntables in Stuart’s Opera House on March 16. (Marie Swartz/WOUB)