Wave Farm Art Park Installations
Wave Farm’s 29-acre Art Park is home to thirteen media art installations that reveal what is otherwise unheard or unseen. These stand alone artworks are also instrumentation for visiting artists and experimenters.
In-person Art Park Tours: Our 2023 season runs June through October and features open hours on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., with no appointment needed, or schedule a tour at the time of your choosing the rest of the week. Please click wavefarm.org/visit for additional details.
Pumusiitookw waak Kulustaakw: an Indigenous Soundwalk at Wave Farm: Visit https://wavefarm.org/ta/art-park/indigenous-soundwalk to access this 12-part soundwalk created by Wild Hudson Valley and voiced by Kristin Jacobs.
Art Park Installation Portrait Films
1. Pond Station, Zach Poff (2015)
Pond Station transmits the hidden activity within a Wave Farm pond from dawn until sundown. As the sun warms the water each day, hydrophones (underwater microphones) reveal a slow crescendo of sound: aquatic insects “sing” to mark their territory while gas bubbles rise from the pond bottom, punctuated by unidentifiable grunts and squeaks. This poly-rhythmic chorus mixes with traces of bird-song and passing cars that filter down from above. Rain on the pond surface creates a dense cloud of high-frequency detail, like the coals in a cooling campfire. Read More | Listen Live
2. Solar Radio, Absolute Value of Noise and Anna Friz (September, 2022)
Solar Radio is an outdoor sound installation featuring a small artificial intelligence mounted to a short radio tower which wakes with the sun and sleeps when the light grows dim. It monitors the seasons and the amount of energy available to it through its solar cells, generating an evolving composition in response to environmental conditions. Listeners may access Solar Radio at wavefarm.org/listen and will also encounter it woven into Wave Farm’s terrestrial radio transmission, WGXC 90.7-FM. Read More | Listen Live
3. Test Site of Acoustic Commons 1, Soundcamp (2019)
TSAC are listening points linked to an online network of open microphones, that send live feeds to a server at Locus Sonus in Aix-Marseille where they become publicly accessible on a real-time soundmap. TSAC 1 is a stream box on the edge of woodland at Wave Farm. By placing such sites in the public domain, TSAC 1 makes local sounds, such as stridulations of insects, wind in different kinds of foliage, birds, planes, passers-by, or flows of traffic on Route 23, available to listeners for whatever purposes. Read More | Listen Live
4. Freshkill, Max Goldfarb (installing summer 2023)
Freshkill will be an architectural sculpture and an instrument for sensitive environmental listening. The project engages a 1972 Gordon Matta-Clark performance film, “Fresh Kills.” The film depicts the destruction of Matta-Clark’s utility vehicle at the foot of the Fresh Kills landfill. In 2004, Goldfarb mirrors Matta-Clark's truck by acquiring a similar vehicle (designated as “Mobile 49” by the emergency services for which it had been used), which he applied to serial mobile, site-responsive projects carried out over several years. In 2010, the role of the Mobile 49 truck shifted from being the central element of Goldfarb’s artistic practice to a long term outdoor installation at Wave Farm, featuring a conversion of the truck’s internal workstation into a solar-powered radio studio housing Wave Farm’s 1620-AM. In 2023, Freshkill will be a new and culminating phase of the Mobile 49’s multi-decade trajectory, a significant reimagining and reconstruction. Read More
5. SURVANT USB Dead Drop, Patrick Quinn (2014/2018)
The SURVANT USB Dead Drop is an open-source file repository located off of a Wave Farm forest path. Inspired by Aaron Swartz's various hacktivistic dead drop projects, Quinn's SURVANT aims to function as both an archive and a remixological tool. Read More
6. Underground (Codes), Yvette Janine Jackson (2022)
Audible as one ascends into the Wave Farm pine forest are two radio operas by Yvette Janine Jackson. The installation is titled Underground (Codes) and features a new composition created specifically for Wave Farm, which is a response, or companion, to her earlier work Destination Freedom, which is also installed on-site. Both works are amplified by Code Humpback steel projection cowls, which were donated to Wave Farm by Charles Lindsay. Writes Jackson, " The Earth-planet is the archivist of our past and future (selves) While we fight for truth(s) with soil underfoot She transmits atemporal memories to the heavens" Destination Freedom is part of a series of radio operas themed around the Middle Passage stage of the transatlantic slave trade. The journey begins in the hull of a cargo ship transporting Africans to the Americas; time collapses and expands as the vessel morphs into a spacecraft on an elusive search for freedom. Read More
7. Remote Audio Outpost / Boomerang, Japanther / Ian Vanek (2012 / 2022)
From 2012 - 2021, Remote Audio Outpost was a solar-powered recording booth installed in one of the most remote corners of the Wave Farm property and outfitted with a rotary phone for both recording and transmission. Today, Remote Audio Outpost serves as a listening space, amplifying recordings made during the project’s first decade as well as new messages left at the Boomerang phone booth. Installed at the entrance/exit of the Study Center, the Boomerang booth records personal ephemera, confessions, and salutations from visitors as they depart Wave Farm. Read More
8. Chiral Proscenium, Charles Stobbs (installing summer 2023)
Chiral Proscenium involves the long term outdoor installation of a large-scale sculptural work at Wave Farm. In reference to a proscenium arch, the installation will exist as an intervention into the landscape while providing a venue for performance. Read More
9. Here GOES Radiotelescope, Heidi Neilson and Harry Dove-Robinson (2020)
Here GOES Radiotelescope is an artist-run DIY ground station receiving GOES-16's faint, data-dense transmission. Visitors to the sculptural station sit within it and look through the “telescope” and see images of the Earth as they are being received from the satellite. A generative audio stream interprets the interaction of the sun's energies with Earth's magnetosphere. Remote visitors may access visual elements of the project at heregoesradio.com. Read More | Listen Live
10. Barrier, Type A (2021)
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Jersey Barrier quickly became the ad hoc solution for low cost "hardening" of designated urban sites from attack. This simple form insinuated itself into the environment without grace or apology, affecting the ways in which the population was permitted to circulate. In contrast, Type A realized the Jersey Barrier’s potential for grace while maintaining its authority to dictate behavior. At Wave Farm, Barrier takes the shape of an audio waveform of S.O.S. Read More
11. Weather Warlock, Quintron (2016)
The Weather Warlock (Upstate edition) is one in a series of custom-built weather-controlled analog synthesizers. Outdoor sensors detect changes in sunlight, wind, precipitation, and temperature, with output becoming particularly dynamic during periods of rapid meteorological change, such as sunrise and sunset. At Wave Farm, Weather Warlock serves as a stand-alone installation and generative composition, an online stream, as well as an interactive instrument available to visiting artists and radio programmers. Read More | Listen Live
12. Traffic Saxx (ON THE 1s), Quintron (2021)
With Traffic Saxx (ON THE 1s), Quintron continues to explore "audio mirrors" of the external world, in real-time. The project takes sounds that many consider invasive or annoying and whips them into soothing, surf-like compliance. Traffic Saxx transforms the white noise of passing tire traffic on NY 23 into a signal that can be mutated and manipulated by WGXC DJs in Acra. Read More | Listen Live
13. Every Radio Station, Jeff Thompson (2017)
Every Radio Station is a sculptural sound installation composed of 95 hand-made radios, one for every station in the FM band. Each radio is equipped with a speaker, letting viewers experience the entire spectrum at once, walk along it, or come in close to hear an individual station. For each geographical location the piece is installed, a totally different sonic experience results, informed by the number, strength, and kind of stations broadcasting in that area. As the terrestrial radio spectrum increasingly gives way to streaming services, Every Radio Station will reflect these changes. Read More
Installation portrait films above Directed by Patrick McCormack, made possible by SunCommon. Edited by Duane Peterson III, drone operated by Adam Deen.
Wave Farm is grateful to SunCommon for their partnership and support. SunCommon is proud to partner with Wave Farm to power the Wave Farm Study Center and WGXC 90.7-FM transmission tower with clean, renewable solar energy, ensuring that generations of transmission artists can sustainably research and create new works. SunCommon New York, founded in 2002, is the longest-tenured solar company in the region, and our work goes beyond simply installing solar panels. Along with helping thousands of families, businesses, and organizations go solar, we use our business as a force for good by advocating for progressive solar legislation, reducing our own environmental impact, and caring for our communities.