Sensorium Ex: Voice beyond Language

Thursday, November 11, 2021–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Four color photos in a horizontal row depicting five people, from left to right: a dark-skinned black man wearing all black staring straight on against a green backdrop; two men standing and looking down at a wheelchair lying on its side in front of them; headshot of woman with long brown hair and brown eyes, red lipstick, and a small smile, wearing black shirt; and headshot of woman with light brown hair and brown eyes in 3/4 profile, wearing a black top

Participants in “Sensorium Ex,” from left: Jerron Herman (photo: Mark Wickens); Kristian Moltke Martiny and Jacob Nossell of Enactlab (photo: Ricky John Molloy); Brenda Shaughnessy (photo: Janea Wiedman); and Paola Prestini (photo: Erika Harrsch)

Paola Prestini, Paul Fromm Resident in Composition, will be joined by Copenhagen’s Enactlab to discuss their interdisciplinary arts, research, and community project exploring fundamental questions of what it means to have voice, and voice beyond language. The project is centered around Prestini’s opera, Sensorium Ex, a multi-sensory narrative woven together at the intersections of disability and artificial intelligence. The conversation will be enhanced by contributions from the opera’s co-creators, poet Brenda Shaughnessy and choreographer/dancer Jerron Herman, and a musical performance by cellist Raphael Bell.

The event will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2021–22 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. Additional funding is provided by the Paul Fromm Resident in Composition Fund and the Felix Lamond Fund.


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Guests will be asked to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols for events:

  • Access to the Academy requires the presentation of a valid photo ID and a Green Pass
  • Masks are required when indoors, and temperature will be checked before entry
  • Visitor contact information may be shared for contact tracing

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Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.




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