Dario Robleto: Witnessing Sound Harvard Art Museum
In this Art Study Center seminar, presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Winslow Homer: Eyewitness," Robleto explores the theme of “witnessing” as it relates to auditory and material forms of war testimony. He presents his research on a rare and little-known audio recording made during a battle in Lille, France, in 1918, toward the end of World War I. It is the first live audio recording ever made on a battlefield.
In conversation with Jennifer L. Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, and Ethan Lasser, the John Moors Cabot Chair of the Department of Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Robleto discusses the cultural, material, and emotional dimensions of auditory witnessing and will explain the role this recording plays in his current and future work.