Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: August Black

Jul 30, 2021 - Aug 09, 2021
August Black Portrait Image

August Black Portrait Image. Courtesy the artist. (Mar 23, 2021)

August Black and contributors prepare to disembark for "Hudson Back to Back"

August Black and contributors prepare to disembark for "Hudson Back to Back". (Aug 05, 2021)

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back"

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back". (Aug 05, 2021)

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back" (2)

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back" (2). (Aug 05, 2021)

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back" (3)

August Black in "Hudson Back to Back" (3). (Aug 05, 2021)

August Black live on WGXC Afternoon Show with hosts Selha Graham and Tom DePietro

August Black live on WGXC Afternoon Show with hosts Selha Graham and Tom DePietro. (Aug 05, 2021)

August Black with "Hudson Back to Back" contributors

August Black with "Hudson Back to Back" contributors. (Aug 05, 2021)

Migrant Detention Radio Broadcast Image

Migrant Detention Radio Broadcast Image. Courtesy Eliseo Ortiz and Jessica Ordaz. (Aug 04, 2021)

August Black contributes to the Mezcal Workshop

August Black contributes to the Mezcal Workshop. Photographed by Alon Koppel Photography. (Aug 03, 2021)

August Black leads Mezcal Experiments workshop at Wave Farm

August Black leads Mezcal Experiments workshop at Wave Farm. Photographed by Alon Koppel Photography. (Aug 03, 2021)

Contributors play with Mezcal software

Contributors play with Mezcal software. Photographed by Alon Koppel Photography. (Aug 03, 2021)

Contributors to the Mezcal Experiments workshop at Wave Farm

Contributors to the Mezcal Experiments workshop at Wave Farm. Photographed by Alon Koppel Photography. (Aug 03, 2021)

Workshop contributors communicate via Mezcal

Workshop contributors communicate via Mezcal. Photographed by Alon Koppel Photography. (Aug 03, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture"

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture". (Aug 02, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (2)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (2). (Aug 02, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (3)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (3). (Aug 02, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (4)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (4). (Aug 02, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (5)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (5). (Aug 02, 2021)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (6)

August Black performing "Footsteps as Radio Sculpture" (6). (Aug 02, 2021)

At the heart of August Black's residency period is a prototypical web application that aims to catalyze new forms of live interactive radio for the purpose of growing communities, making speculative acoustic situations, and enabling grassroots initiatives. The software allows multiple constituents to fluidly participate in broadcast-like scenarios through their mobile devices at the flick of their thumbs. It works in a browser, requires no downloads, and is meant to be frictionless, quick, and easy. Black will host workshops on-site (COVID-19 permitting) with the software, solicit ideas and interaction from the local community, and conduct daily radio experiments outside the studio with various local and remote participants (TBD).

August Black is a hybrid practitioner of art, design, and engineering. He builds instruments in hardware and software for the sake of enabling expressive spaces of potential acoustic and interactive outcomes. august.black