Oliver Beer was born in 1985 in the United Kingdom. He studied music before attending the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. His background in both music and fine art led to an early interest in the relationship between sound and space, particularly the voice and architecture. He has translated his research into fascinating performances in which spectators take part by the mere fact of their presence, and he makes sculptures and videos that embody, literally or metaphorically, the plastic expression of this subtle relationship and the way the human body experiences it. Within and alongside his work with sound, Beer creates subtle and diverse sculptural, installation and film projects, whose provenance sometimes seems biographical, but in which his play with universal – often intimate – concerns draws on shared emotions and perceptions.
Beer's work has been the subject of many screenings, as well as solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Modern Art Oxford; WIELS, Brussels; the Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; and the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin. Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Centre, New York, and the Fondation Hermès, Paris.