Born in 1985 in Kent, Oliver Beer creates sculptures, installations, videos, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties and musicality of objects, bodies, and architectural sites. Trained in musical composition before attending the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and studying cinematic theory at the Sorbonne, Beer’s social relationships often become the blueprint for multidisciplinary works that engage with intimate and universal concerns, such as the transmission of musical memories and the personal and cultural meanings invested in the objects we possess.
Oliver Beer’s work has been the subject of many exhibitions, notably at Met Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA PS1, New York; London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, London; Centre Pompidou, Opéra Garnier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Chateau of Versailles, Paris; WIELS, Brussels and the Sydney, Istanbul and Venice biennales.
Sound is a sculptural presence which is entirely contingent on form, time, geometry and space. If you look at objects from an acoustic perspective, they can start to reveal things that we wouldn’t have realised had we been observing them purely visually.