Pauline Oliveros is to perform live at London’s Tate Modern as part of a series called Her Noise: Feminism and the Sonic.
Born in 1932, Oliveros pioneered the use of tape and electronics, primarily in conjunction with accordion, and over the years developed the complex Extended Instrument System (EIS) for live performance. Her work as a humanitarian and author/theorist has been no less groundbreaking, and her achievements in the latter mode include the coinage and conceptualisation of the terms Deep Listening and Sonic Awareness (more information here).
She celebrates her 80th birthday this year, and will appear at the Tate’s Starr Auditorium on Thursday 3 May to give a talk entitled Archiving the Future: The Embodiment Music of Women, as well a solo performance of her seminal piece To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation 1970.
The other two events comprising Her Noise are: The Voice Is A Language, a performance and screening programme on Friday 4 May that will examine the legacy of Meredith Monk, with work artists Sophie Macpherson, James Richards, Cara Tolmie and Sue Tompkins and rarely seen films by Monk; and a Her Noise Symposium on Saturday 5 May “exploring and developing emergent feminist discourses in sound and music, and challenging standard readings and approaches to feminisms and the sonic”, with contributions from Ute Meta Bauer and Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti among others.
More information and tickets for all three events can be found here.