Performance + Workshop

Conducting Connections: A Sound Activation by Raúl Romero

December 16, 2023
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Photograph of artist Raúl Romero, a Puerto Rican-American man with a black bushy beard, black rimmed glasses, a beanie and a brown cardigan, at work near a plant with long spiny leaves. His fingers are on the dials of an electronic device.
Raúl Romero with his work, “Music for Plants by Plants.” Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Join Philadelphia-based artist Raúl Romero for an activation of his work, Music for Plants by Plants, followed by a screenprinting workshop.

During the performance, the sound sculpture within the installation will be sonified by Romero, who will translate the data captured by the plant into real-time sound. Viewers will be invited to join in to create a human circuit and listen to a data translation of energy as it flows through those connected to one another. A t-shirt screenprinting opportunity will follow each listening session.

Organized in conjunction with Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art.

Event Information

December 16, 2023
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Performance: Eighth Floor Gallery
Workshop: Sixth Floor Studio

Free | Advance registration encouraged

This event is sold out, however, visitors are welcome to observe the sound activations at 2:00 and 3:30 pm

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About the Participants

A portrait of Raúl Romero, a Puerto Rican-American man with a bushy black beard. He is wearing a black t-shirt, black rimmed glasses, and a tan sun hat.Raúl Romero works in sound, sculpture, installation, and performance. He earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of South Florida and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art. He works at the University of the Arts as Director for Special Projects, operating the Inspiration Lab (iLAB) Artist-in-Residence Program. Romero received awards from the Velocity Fund and the artist fellowship grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. He is a member of Vox Populi Gallery and serves on the Black Box Curatorial Committee. He’s participated as a resident artist at the Lenapehoking Waterspirit Residency at PEEC and RAIR, the Philadelphia Recycling Artist in Residence program.

Romero has exhibited at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Taller Puertorriqueño, and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The Kitchen, New York, NY; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; The Denver Contemporary Art Museum, CO; Transformer Gallery, D.C.; The Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa and The Tampa Museum of Art, FL.

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Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.