Residency Program Information

Wave Farm Residency Program

Annual Application Deadline: February 1. Please subscribe to Wave Farm email announcements to receive updates.

2023 General Information

In 2023, the Wave Farm Residency Program will emphasize “feral frequencies,” prioritizing proposals that employ and/or activate less commonly used frequencies within the radio spectrum and the electromagnetic spectrum at large. Applicants are invited to propose visual and sonic projects that fall within the Transmission Arts genre. Projects that prioritize frequencies other than FM and AM allocations will be most competitive. New in 2023, a team of consulting artist engineers will participate in the application review process both for evaluation of feasibility, as well as to identify areas where tool development will assist the proposed projects and inform a growing inventory of resources for future transmission artists.

A sub-genre of the media arts, transmission art is defined as works where the electromagnetic spectrum is an intentional actor (either formally or conceptually) in the work. The electromagnetic spectrum is vast including seven primary types of waves: Radio Waves, Microwaves, Infrared Waves, Visible Light Rays, Ultraviolet Waves, X-rays, and Gamma Rays. Naturally occurring radio waves are emitted by lightning and astronomical objects. Radio-related projects, either conventional radio art works (audio made explicitly for radio broadcast) or do-it-yourself radio-based installation and performance where artists might build their own transmission and receiving devices are common manifestations of transmission art in action. Another common trajectory of the genre is making the ethereal tangible, for example works that demonstrate a physical delineation of space through sonic or visual representation: the architecture of transmission and reception.

Transmission art encompasses works in which the act of transmitting or receiving is not only significant, but the fulcrum for the artist’s intention. The genre involves a multiplicity of practices that often engage aural and visual broadcast media, where in some instances works for traditional broadcast are created, and at other times artists harness preexisting broadcast signals as source material manipulated in live performance; installation; and public interactive networks and tools. Similarly interested in the synaesthetic possibilities of radio, much of contemporary transmission art values interplay with waves, informed by historical and emergent wireless technologies. These works often challenge a conventional one-to-many definition of transmitter (or artist) and receiver (or audience) in ways that celebrate Brechtian aspirations for more multi-nodal wireless interactions.

Online Application

Residency applications must be submitted online. Wave Farm uses Submittable in conjunction with our application-based programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read the information below in detail before submitting an application.

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Questions? Contact info@wavefarm.org

Schedule + Environment

Residencies span 10 days and take place June through October. Wave Farm is situated on a beautiful 29-acre property in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountain Park. The property features meadows, two small ponds, and a pine forest with large walking paths. Residents should expect plenty of focused work time. Staff is either on-site or available remotely for questions during business hours. Residents should anticipate a rural setting in upstate New York, which is home to a growing number of artists and other creative economy workers. However, imagery including Trump, Blue Lives Matter, and Confederate slogans are present in the local area. Schedule outline (subject to change):

  • First Friday: Arrival
  • First Friday or Saturday: Grocery store run for artists without their own transportation
  • Tuesday: Meeting with staff to discuss and plan broadcast opportunities, etc.
  • Thursday: Optional field trip (incl. WGXC Tower + Hudson Studio)
  • Friday: Meeting with staff regarding Archive representation
  • Second Saturday: WGXC Afternoon Show Broadcast, 4 - 6 p.m. followed by dinner.
  • Second Sunday: Departure

Artist Fee

Each residency will receive a $1,000 artist fee.

Rising Tide Award!

Newly established in 2023 with the generous proceeds received from LoVid's Tide Predictor, an Art Blocks Curated series of onchain generative NFTs, an additional $1,500 will be awarded to a single resident. The Rising Tide Award aims to support an applicant with a multidimensional life and background, whose work is rooted in process, to further the pursuit of new ideas, experiments, and uncertainties. Artists with special circumstances that require additional funds such as: parents, artists from out of state/country, collaborators, and artists with non-traditional art/career experiences are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be asked to opt-in to consideration for this award and to identify how these extra funds would enable their participation in the Wave Farm Residency Program.

Accommodations

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The Residency Program hosts one artist-in-residence at a time, which on occasion is two individuals working as a collaborative duo. Artists are housed in the Wave Farm Study Center. Accommodations in the Study Center include two bedrooms (one full-sized bed each), studio workspace, kitchenette, lavatory, shower, as well as the Study Center library, WGXC 90.7-FM Acra broadcast studio, and Wave Farm offices. WiFi, electrical, and audio hook-ups are available throughout the bulk of the Wave Farm 29-acre property. Please note: day visitors are welcome. Overnight guests (including family members) and pets are not permitted.

Transportation + Meals

Artists must pay for their own travel expenses as well as expenses related to meals during their stay. Transportation is available from the Hudson Amtrak station, the Kingston bus station, or the Albany airport, as well as local transport for groceries and supplies.

Eligibility

Wave Farm's Residency Program application is an international open call. Artists should make a compelling argument in support of their proposed project, and either possess a significant body of past transmission-based work, or demonstrate the technical aptitude and capacity to complete the proposed project. Full-time students are ineligible; however, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for career artists who may have returned to school for post-graduate work.

Review + Notification Process

Applications will be evaluated in a peer review panel comprised of transmission artists, engineers, past residents, and Wave Farm staff. Finalists will be contacted for Zoom interviews, and notification will be made in March.

Returning Residents Invitation

Once an artist participates in the Wave Farm Residency Program, schedules permitting, they are invited to return to Wave Farm for short-term overnight visits that include a broadcast on Standing Wave Radio and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM. There is no cash artist fee available for these visits; however, overnight accommodation in the Study Center and transportation to and from the Hudson Amtrak station are provided. With advance permission, artists are welcome to bring a guest with them. This opportunity is available on a case-by-case basis, and artists are encouraged to make a request as far in advance as possible. To request a visit please email info@wavefarm.org.

Equipment Inventory

First generation iPod Shuffle (x1,000+)
Originally used by Mikel Rouse's International Cloud Atlas (2006), used with Cunningham’s eyeSpace (2006). Special thanks to the John Cage Trust and Merce Cunningham Foundation.

Better Energy Systems S13G38D, Solio Classic Universal Hybrid Solar Charger (x26)
Special thanks to Heidi Neilson.