Sound artist and abstract turntablist Maria Chávez. (Photo by Jaime O’Bradovich)

OU Brings Acclaimed Sound Artist and Anthropologist to Athens 16-17

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Visiting sound artist and experimental turntablist Maria Chávez and anthropologist Shane Greene will visit Ohio University March 16–17. Events include a performance at ARTS/West, an abstract turntablism workshop at Stuart’s Opera House and an artist lecture. These events are presented by Latin American Studies, with support from the College of Fine Arts.

Chávez and anthropologist Shane Greene will give a joint lecture on Friday, March 17 in 401 Seigfred Hall from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Later the same evening, Chávez will perform at ARTS/West from 7 to 9 p.m. (with opening band Yak).

As part of her visit to Southeast Ohio, Chávez will offer an “Abstract Turntablism” workshop, Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Born in Lima, Peru and based in New York City, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist and sound artist. Accidents, coincidence and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her improvised solo turntable performances.

A research fellow with the Sound Practice Research Department of Goldsmith’s University of London until fall of 2017, her sound installation/performance works have been featured for the JUDD Foundation (Marfa, Texas). She was an artist in residence with CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia and this year she will present a new sonic art piece for a radio program called “Every Time A Ear di Soun,” as part of DOCUMENTA 14 in Kassel, Germany.

Chávez’s book Of Technique: Chance Procedures On Turntable, is described as a how-to guide documenting the past 10 years of her abstract turntable practice. Read an interview with Maria Chávez in Ravelin magazine, or find out about her work on her website,

Shane Greene has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and has taught at Indiana University Bloomington since 2005. His research about Latin America covers a variety of topics, including social movements, race and multicultural politics, music, art and urban subculture. He is also an occasional musician and currently plays in a band called El Cuervo Sucio (Naughty Raven). Greene is the author of Customizing Indigeneity: Paths to a Visionary Politics in Peru, and most recently, Punk and Revolution: Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality, found here.
These events are sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Latin American Studies and African Studies.