Residency Program Information
Wave Farm Residency Program
Annual Application Deadline: February 1. Please subscribe to Wave Farm email announcements to receive updates.
2021 General Information
In 2021, the Wave Farm Residency Program will provide artists with a valuable opportunity to concentrate on new radio artworks and conduct research about the genre using the Wave Farm Study Center resource library. Applicants are asked to propose a specific radio art project, which they will complete while in residence and premiere on Wave Farm's full-power FM radio station: WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Radio artists explore broadcast radio space through a richly polyphonous mix of practices, including poetic resuscitations of conventional radio drama, documentary, interview and news formats; found and field sound compositions reframed by broadcast; performative inhabitations/embodiments of radio’s inherent qualities, such as entropy, anonymity and interference; playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers, and the potential feedback loops between hosts and layers of audience, from in-studio to listeners at home to callers-in; use of radio space to bridge widely dispersed voices (be they living or dead), subjects, environments and communities, or to migrate through them in ways that would not be possible in real time and space; electroacoustic compositions with sounds primarily derived from gathering, generating and remixing radiophonic sources.
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.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Should physical distancing remain in place during the 2021 residency season, please note that Wave Farm accommodations can easily be designated as a private space for the artist-in-residence. All interactions with staff will take place outdoors and with face masks.
Residencies span 10 days and take place June through October. Residents should anticipate a rural setting, with plenty of focused work time. Staff is either on-site or available remotely for questions during business hours. 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) and dinner*
- Friday: Meeting with staff regarding Archive representation
- Second Saturday: Afternoon Show Broadcast, 4 - 6 p.m.
- Second Sunday: Departure
* Subject to change in response to COVID-19
Wave Farm Artists-in-residence receive a $700 artist fee.
The Residency Program hosts one artist at a time. Artists, which may include collaborative teams, 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. The Study Center is located on 29 acres in the northern foothills of Catskill Mountain Park. The property features meadows, two small ponds, and a pine forest with large walking paths. WiFi, electrical, and audio hook-ups are available throughout the bulk of the property. Please note: day visitors are welcome. Overnight guests (including family members) and pets are not permitted.
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.
What do we mean by "radio art"? This is a call for projects that conceptually and formally use radio as an artistic medium. The act of transmission and reception over terrestrial AM/FM airwaves is intentional and integral to the work. Proposals who use radio broadcast in service to another genre, or simply as a means for distribution will not be competitive.
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 radio-based work, or demonstrate the technical aptitude and capacity to complete the 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.
Applications will be evaluated in a peer review panel comprised of transmission artists, past residents, and Wave Farm staff. Finalists will be contacted for phone interviews, and notification will be made in March.
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 CLICK HERE.Photo: Will Hunt, 2019.
Map: Melissa Weaver 2019.
Photo: Will Hunt, 2019.
Photo: Will Hunt, 2019.
Equipment Inventory Highlights
Signstek 7W 7C FM Transmitter Mini Radio Stereo Station PLL LCD with Antenna, Black (x27)
Special thanks to Fridman Gallery.
Signstek 0.5 W 05B Dual Mode Long Range Stereo Broadcast Home FM Transmitter with Antenna Silver (x2)
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.