Cold Read

cold read
Andrea Oliver Roberts

Courtroom | Arts Court | 2 Daly Ave.
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Knot Project Space, with support from Arts Court Theatre, is proud to present a special participatory workshop and related performance by Winnipeg-based artist Andrea Roberts, who performs under the name VOR. Situated within an emptied-out wood-paneled Courtroom in the Arts Court, Andrea Roberts will lead a session using vocal modulation, audio forensics, legal transcripts, and one’s own digital footprints to generate, perform and/or transmit text and sound works. Cold Read is a term used in acting to describe the performance of a script with no rehearsal; psychics do cold readings too, by generalizing the physical and emotional presentation of their targets. Online, our scrolling and clicking feed big data a new kind of cold read, plotting a skewed diagram of the self. This call to perform the self through choice within techno-capitalism is increasingly tied up with definitions of the voice as a legal, bio-metrically distinct expression of the individual. How can we use sound and language to intervene on and subvert these logics?

This will be the second presentation in a short series of events and workshops being coordinated by Knot Project Space in the Courtroom from December 10-12 to conclude its programming year, each reflecting through performance on the gravities of vocal utterance, the laws of language, and the language of law.

VOR (Andrea Oliver Roberts)

Andrea Oliver Roberts is a Winnipeg based multidisciplinary artist known for their sculptural installations and performance works that use sound, video and print to contend with technology, identity, and systems of belief within capitalism. Roberts has shown at galleries and performed at festivals internationally with recent presentations including Send + Receive 2019, Plug In ICA Stages Biennial, Montreal Film Pop, Truck Gallery, SomArts San Francisco, and The Auxiliary, UK. A founding member of the feminist artist collective ngtvspc and co-creator of the sound series Dah-Dit-Dah, Roberts has performed with a number of noise projects and punk bands including Wolbachia, Kursk, Hoover Death and VOR. Roberts writing on the voice, gender and technology has been featured on SoundingOut! and they were a recent artist in residence at Oolite Arts, Miami and Brooklyn’s Pioneerworks Center for Art and Innovation. Their work has been recognized by the Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and numerous awards from Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. They hold an MFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts (2014) and a BFA Hons. in Sculpture from the University of Manitoba (2011).