Pyrite Radio – Field Dispatch

Peter Simenky
Peter Simensky at Audio Buffet

Peter Simensky at Audio Buffet. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Peter Simensky at Audio Buffet

Peter Simensky at Audio Buffet. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Pyrite Radio at Audio Buffet

Pyrite Radio at Audio Buffet. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Pyrite Radio installation on the Wave Farm deck

Pyrite Radio installation on the Wave Farm deck. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Pyrite Radio installed during Audio Buffet

Pyrite Radio installed during Audio Buffet. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Pyrite Radio installed on the walking paths at Wave Farm

Pyrite Radio installed on the walking paths at Wave Farm. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 05, 2023)

Peter Simensky in the WGXC Acra Studio

Peter Simensky in the WGXC Acra Studio. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 03, 2023)

Peter Simensky Portrait in the Wave Farm Pond

Peter Simensky Portrait in the Wave Farm Pond. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 03, 2023)

Peter Simensky with umbrella antenna in the pond

Peter Simensky with umbrella antenna in the pond. Photographed by Lucy Bohnsack. (Aug 03, 2023)

Pyrite Radio – Field Dispatch activates short-range field radio transmissions with audio research over a series of sculptural Pyrite Radios. The opportunity to transmit using Wave Farm’s rural location, audio archive, and site-specific installations provides a platform to test and perform improvised radios with varied, dynamic, and responsive programming. This project is part of a larger series spanning several years and iterations, initially forming around historical research into a mining misadventure in the American West. Also referred to as fool’s gold, Pyrite alludes and distorts. In common abundance this mineral’s reflective mirror facets sparkles give it the superficial appearance of gold, a fact that misled many eager explorers to believe they found their fortune. Charging the stone’s more hidden potential has since been the major subject of this work; as is the question how material can be employed to expand the reach and address a diversity of audiences. Simensky’s sculptural radios and transmissions have interacted with structures that embody the idea of transmission such as Radio Towers adjacent to the Bay Bridge, sites of extraction such as the Bronson Canyon Bat Caves in Los Angeles (with live audio by Shelley Burgon and Fodo Sossoko), and iconic artworks such as Rodin’s Thinker in the courtyard of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor.

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