For the past twelve years, Sharon Hayes has been engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple mediums–sound, performance, video and installation–in an ongoing artistic investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. In 2004, she began making work staged or sited on the street. Motivated primarily by an interest in public speech as opposed to public space, these works interrogate the complex conditions that structure public speech acts. Hayes will discuss four such works: In the Near Future, Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time for Love?, I March in the Parade of Liberty But as Long as I Love You I’m Not Free and, her most recent work, Parole, which was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in 2010.