2.Nov.2015 Maria Chavez presents “A Challenging Spark”

By | October 30, 2015

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 2nd, 11:00AM-12:15pM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) ///



A Challenging Spark will discuss how to look at challenges presented within spaces and make them into important focal points for site specific sound installations.

Maria will discuss her latest large scale sound installation, Sound Bleed @ the Kitchen, sound sculpture Amplified Wind, 2015, the Rain of Applause at BRIC and an upcoming project with the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Wind Instruments for The Block, 2016. All installations used the challenges of environments they were presented in, transforming acoustic nuisances into sound works.


Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is mainly known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist & DJ.

Influenced in contemporary art, her work expands outside of the sound world, straddling different disciplines of interest. In 2012, Chavez wrote and illustrated Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, a how-to manual for those interested in learning the abstract turntablism techniques that she developed with the turntable during performance.

IMAGE BY: PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA http://www.paulsepuya.com/


She has worked with Christian Marclay and the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC as part of “Christian Marclay: Festival” and has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Thurston Moore, Merce Cunningham, Phill Niblock and Otomo Yoshihide.

An endorsed Moog artist, Maria recently signed with Software Recordings, a record label founded by Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) and is due to release her first full length LP in a decade, some time in early 2016. Chavez has DJ’d for MoMA, MoMA PS1, fashion house Bimba y Lola and more.

Currently she is a research fellow for the Sound Arts department at Goldsmith’s University of London until 2017. She was recently awarded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble commission 2015 where she presented a new sound piece, NY Sonic Scores 2015, at the Brooklyn Museum & Morgan Library in May. She was an artist in residence at INKONST Arts in Malmö, Sweden, curator in residence with Cafe OTO, OTO Projects & Electra Productions in London, UK.

In 2015, Maria has been in residencies for Klangraum Residency, Austria, EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden and the Kitchen in NYC where she presented her large scale multi-channel sound installation, Sound Bleed @ the Kitchen.

This fall Maria will participate in the upcoming festivals: Blow Out (Oslo), Equinox Festival (Florence), LUFF Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland) & present her abstract turntablism workshop for the Espai Contemporary Museum in Castelló, Spain among other events in Europe.

Her latest sound installation, The Rain of Applause at BRIC, is now on view for in the Project Room at BRIC for the Handmade Abstract group exhibition from Sept. 10th – Oct. 25th. Her latest photo book, HANDS, 2015, is on view at BRIC’s main gallery.

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