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Radio on the Fringe

May 18, 2013: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Two works are discussed: "Radius RANGE: Local, Distant, Fringe," by Jeff Kolar & Meredith Kooisp. Radius' 2012 series RANGE: Local, Distant, Fringe explores the importance of place and proximity in the event of radio transmission and reception. Radius, the experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA, released a three-part, location-based commissioned series and booklet titled RANGE: Local, Distant, Fringe, which highlighted the economic, political, and technical dimensions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The artists involved in RANGE produced sound works for the three coverage areas of Local (Emilie Mouchous and Andrea-Jane Cornell "Rise & Shine"), Distant (Damon Loren Baker "Distant"), and Fringe (Rob Ray "Subject to Greater Uncertainties") in order to challenge issues of signal accessibility and question radio's role as a distribution tool. The three parts of the series are based on the proprietary mapping software that plots radio station coverage areas. The talk will present audio excerpts of the three episodes featured in the RANGE series, and Radius' curatorial vision for executing location-based broadcasts.

"Interpelled," by Victoria Estok. Interpelled is an ongoing project exploring an innovative use of sound as a unique tool for creative activist intervention. Sound and voice can interrupt, influence, and intervene at key moments in ways other intervention art strategies can’t. Interpellation is the ways in which ideology speaks to the individual. My work with interpellation came from questions of morality in the face of the climate crisis. This led me to use hyper directional sound to inspire a level of reflection and dialogue I saw lacking around what I considered to be the world’s most pressing issue. During several one-on-one interventions at the annual 2010 UN climate talks I used a HSS (hyper directional sound speaker) to project specific sounds at individual conference attendees with the goal that the audio would be interpreted as the voice of their conscience speaking.
Jeff Kolar is an audio artist working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and also the director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. His work has been released on Panospria (Canada), HAK LO-FI Record (France), free103point9 (USA), and has appeared in compilations by Furthernoise.org (Australia) and Sonic Circuits (USA). His video work was published in the DVD journal ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art. He presents at festivals, radio programs, exhibitions, and performance venues which recently include GLI.TC/H, KUNSTRADIO, and The Kitchen; and in Argentina, Mexico, and the Netherlands, among others internationally. http://www.jeffkolar.us/
Meredith Kooi is the editor for Radius. She is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University where she organizes the salon series SENSORIUM for the Visual Scholarship Initiative. She received her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Environmental Studies from Denison University. Her visual and performance work has been shown in galleries and medical venues both nationally and internationally including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, and the Green Lantern Gallery in Chicago. Her critical writing has been published in Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline edited by James Elkins, Kristi McGuire, Maureen Burns, Alicia Chester, and Joel Kuennen (Routledge 2013), her arts commentary in the DVD journal ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art (2010), and her poetry in CTRL+P (2012). http://meredithkooi.us
Victoria Estok has a dual background in sound art and environmental work. Before pursuing sound, she worked as a committed environmental educator and advocate in both urban and back country settings. It was during this time that she became aware of a deep seated need to uncover the intentions behind everyday actions. Alternating between taking a playful look at what we consider to be reality and then sometimes a more poetic approach, her work lingers on sounds and words in order to capture the listener and have them reexamine what they are paying attention to.