Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Kamari Carter and Julian Day
Can & String uses the medium of radio to play with authorized and unauthorized use of ambient audio data. It comprises a darkly satirical radio program featuring live feeds of police and emergency data from across New York State. Two fictional radio hosts deploy the affect of different styles of commercial and public broadcasting, throwing to curated feeds of frontline operations and interviewing special guests. The results will draw together a collision of different emergency streams, drawing to attention the discrepancy between degrees of official information and their access to public ears. The 60-minute pre-recorded radio feature will be complemented by an in-person Q&A on-site. Can & String brings together sound artists Kamari Carter and Julian Day for their third collaboration. Blissville (2020) used custom LED signage and video to explore hidden complexities of gentrification in Queens, New York City, focusing on a vulnerable triangle of land near Long Island City. (I Want) To Be Held (2021) featured a room-sized installation of LED lightboxes by Day and a live sonic intervention by Carter, responding to the previous year’s complex and inchoate public messaging circulating from combined protest, pandemic, and political turmoil. This new project unites two of their shared interests: the politics of eavesdropping and the conscious moderation of broadcast structures.
Kamari Carter is a producer, performer, sound designer, and installation artist primarily working with sound and found objects. Carter's practice circumvents materiality and familiarity through a variety of recording and amplification techniques to investigate notions such as space, systems of identity, oppression, control, and surveillance. Driven by the probative nature of perception and the concept of conversation and social science, he seeks to expand narrative structures through sonic stillness. Carter’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Automata Arts, MoMA, Mana Contemporary, RISD Museum, Flux Factory, Lenfest Center for the Arts, WaveHill and has been featured in a range of major publications including ArtNet, Precog Magazine, LevelGround and WhiteWall. Carter holds a BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University. kamaricarter.com
Julian Day is a writer, composer, and artist. Their creative work has featured at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, MASS MoCA, Fridman Gallery, Wallach Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, California-Pacific Triennial, and Asia Pacific Triennia, Bang On A Can Marathon, MATA, Spitalfields Music Festival, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Day has studied at the University of Oxford and Columbia University, given presentations at Harvard, NYU, and UCLA, and published in Tempo, Contemporary Music Review, and Leonardo Music Journal. They have worked extensively in broadcasting, interviewing Elliott Carter, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, George Crumb, and Janet Cardiff among others. julianday.com