Robert Sember

2009-2011 Vera List Center Fellow
Robert Sember is an artist and scholar living in New York City whose fellowship is part of the Speculating on Change cycle of VLC programs.

Programs and projects
Vogue'ology, The Cardew Object , and By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School

Robert Sember is a member of the international sound art collective, Ultra-red, which collaborates with constituencies involved in migrant rights, fair housing and anti-racist struggles, and efforts to combat the AIDS crisis. Recent projects include: SCHOOL OF ECHOES, a multi-year exploration of militant sound investigations initiated during a three month residency at Raven Row, London, in early 2009; SILENT | LISTEN, an investigation of the conditions of the AIDS crisis in the U.S. and Canada presented in partnership with, among others, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; WE COME FROM YOUR FUTURE, an investigation of anti-racism movements in the United Kingdom, presented at Tate Britain, London; and, RE: ASSEMBLY, a long-term project on migration and citizenship commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, London.

As a researcher in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University from 1998-2006, Sember focused on sexual rights, treatment access, community mobilization, and cultural production in response to the AIDS epidemic. He has taught in the Medical Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California in Los Angeles, the Center for HIV/AIDS Networking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam's Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Robert Sember works at the intersection of art and public health. He is a member of the international sound-art collective, Ultrared, which helped establish Vogue'ology, an initiative by and for members of the AfricanAmerican and Latino/a Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender community in New York City. His ethnographic research in the U.S. and South Africa has focused on governmental and non-governmental substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness service sectors with an emphasis on
HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment access. He is a Senior Associate with the Center for Social Innovation where he has lead initiatives on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on addiction and mental health recovery. An Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at The New School's Eugene Lang College, the faculty of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society at the University of Amsterdam's Graduate School of Social Sciences. Sember was a 2009–2011 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

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