Ricardo iamuuri Robinson
Radio Gulf is a sound installation by interdisciplinary sound artist Ricardo iamuuri Robinson. This new work of art considers a plethora of social gaps by dissecting the game of golf. It interrogates elements of racism, colorism, classism, acculturation, gentrification, imperialism, militarism, economics, ecology, defensive architecture and the sound of a people determined to be recognized as full human beings. A miniature golf fairway encourages attendees to reconsider if this way of living has been fair at all.
Radio Gulf is an ode to August Wilson’s final work of art: Radio Golf. The sound installation transforms the title to depict the sound of the distance between understanding what the game reveals and what the game conceals. The sound art articulates the gulf/disconnect between black culture and whiteness. The artificial grass, 400 tees, 400 golf balls, one hole in the green, a soundscape and video projections, intersect to make this exhibition a provocative work of art that inspires thought and deep listening.
About Ricardo iamuuri Robinson
“The listener is always the composer.”
~Ricardo iamuuri Robinson
Ricardo iamuuri Robinson is an interdisciplinary sound artist whose work explores acoustic ecologies (a discipline studying the relationship, mediated through sound, between human beings and their environment) spatial relations between audition and quietude, transmission and reception —from social soundscapes to geographical soundtracks to individual interpretations of sonic histories and narratives. Robinson’s projects employ mediations by: research, field recording, archiving, media archeology, filmmaking, site specific sound sculptures, performance art and creative listening engagements. Robinson’s work is committed to a deeper understanding of the ways we listen and allow sound to inform and influence our relationships.
Recent works, The Sunscreen Conspiracy, and Blackbody, White Noise, focus specifically on narratives about race, geography, and particularly the relationship between black people, white progress, labor, technology, media and the environment.