Oct 30, 2016, 2PM

Coffee and Conversation: Voice as an Actor with Asha Sheshadri


Asha portrait

Asha Sheshadri.

Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Penn History of Art PhD and PennDesign MFA candidates for an intimate conversation inspired by the ICA exhibitions on view.

Asha Sheshadri, PennDesign MFA candidate, leads a conversation about the voice as an actor amongst text/sound/performance, as inspired by the current ICA exhibitions The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now and Endless Shout.

This conversation will explore the sociopolitical and cultural ramifications of the vocal apparatus, investigating unorthodox and experimental iterations of voice, appropriated and original text, and sound, including: origins of extended vocal technique, navigations of soundscapes in the works of Janet Cardiff and R. Murray Schaeffer, radio as an artistic medium, and electronic vocal processing as per the work of Pamela Z. Voiced text and organized sound will be given historical context, exploring voices of past and present across various cultures and their respective movements.

Asha Sheshadri is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Her current work involves the human voice as a medium, creative non-fiction, and experimental documentary strategies. She holds a BA from Boston University and has released sound works through Digitalis Ltd., Further Records, and most recently, Entr’acte Recordings. Her work has been displayed and performed at spaces including the Middlesex Lounge, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, SDSpace4Art, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

NEW! Join Asha for a guided tour of the Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now at 12:30pm. You can sign up for the tour at the front desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Register here.