Wave Farm Email Announcement June 2021

Jun 01, 2021 10:00 am
Meet our June Resident Artists; Apply for a Radio Artist Fellowship or a Grant for NYS Media Artists, + Wave Farm's newest Installation
There is so much to communicate this month! First of all, an enormous thank you to the over 220 people who secured tickets to come celebrate WGXC's 10th Anniversary at the Greenville Drive-in. The dramatic weather wasn't enough to keep most of you away, and the night was an extraordinary vaccinated emergence from the solitude of the last 14 months, as well as a wonderful celebration of WGXC's multiplicity of sounds and participants. Thank you! You'll find links to documentation including the photo booth images at wgxc.org/drivein, and we'll be adding more in the coming days.

Important deadlines for artists! Please take note:
  • June 30 is the deadline for the September 2021 - May 2022 Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship open to radio artists and scholars living and working in the U.S. The Fellowship includes a $15,000 stipend.
  • July 1 is the deadline for MAAF for Artists. New York State artists may apply for up to $7,500 to support the completion and/or public presentation of a newly created media artwork.
We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome the first of our 2021 Resident Artists this month. sTo Len will be at Wave Farm June 4-13, 2021, and Temar France will be here June 18 - 27, 2021.

Finally, we are very excited to announce a new installation at Wave Farm. Type A's Barrier positions 20 custom cast Jersey Barriers to emulate the shape of an audio waveform of S.O.S.

Read on for details regarding all of the above!

Call for Applications to the Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship 2021/2022

Engagement Period: September 2021 - May 2022
Stipend: $15,000
Location: Remote (w/ three visits to Wave Farm in Acra, NY) *
Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
Notification: July 2021

Wave Farm is delighted to announce a third year of the Radio Artist Fellowship, a nine-month, part-time engagement for a radio scholar and artist living and working in the United States. The Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow will work closely with Wave Farm’s Executive Director, Galen Joseph-Hunter, and Artistic Director, Tom Roe. The Fellowship will also include communication with mentors Anna Friz, Joan Schuman, and Gregory Whitehead.

*Details of the Wave Farm visit schedule will be determined in collaboration with the selected artist, with consideration given to any ongoing travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Part 1: Radio Art Archive Work (September 2021 - January 2022)

Part 2: Community  Engagement (February - March 2022)

Part 3: Radio Art Creation (April - May 2022)

Fellowship Benchmarks:

  • Weekly Meetings: with Wave Farm staff.
  • Monthly Check-ins with Mentors for feedback on archive additions and the Fellow’s original radio artworks.
  • Culminating Public Program: a live radio broadcast featuring the Fellowship artist and mentors in conversation reflecting on works created and archive selections.

Eligibility: The Radio Artist Fellowship program opportunity is open to individual radio artists and scholars whose primary residence is in the United States. (Note: applications from collaborative teams are not eligible.) The Fellowship stipend will appear as “Other Income” on 1099s issued in conjunction with tax years 2021 and 2022. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Wave Farm’s Radio Artist Fellowship is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by CREATE (aka the Greene County Council on the Arts.)

Learn More + Apply

MAAF for Artists 2021

NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm

For individual artists, MAAF provides support for the completion and/or public presentation of new works in all genres of sound and moving image art, including emergent technology. Grant awards assist artists in completing new work, reaching public audiences, and advance artistic exploration and public engagement in the media arts.

Opportunity: MAAF for Artists
New York State Artists may apply for up to $7,500 to support the completion and/or public presentation of a new media artwork.

Program Timeline
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Notification: August 31, 2021
  • Project Period September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022
  • Final Report Deadline: October 31, 2022

Eligibility notes:

  • MAAF supports new work. For public presentation support requests for a recently completed media artwork, the completion date of the project must fall within January 2020 - June 30, 2021.
  • For completion support for an in-progress media artwork, the proposed project must be in the final stages of creation, and ready for completion by the MAAF project period end date of August 31, 2022.
  • Artists must reside in New York State.
  • Funding may not be used for travel expenses outside of New York State.
  • Applicants must demonstrate media art to be the core discipline of the submitted work; in order to be eligible for support, cross or multi-disciplinary work must demonstrate media art to be the primary discipline.
  • Sound artworks are eligible. Electronic music projects are not eligible. 
  • For the purpose of this grant, in FY2021, MAAF is not able to support non-fiction, narrative documentary works. See Independent Documentary Association's Grants Directory for Nonfiction Film for listing of funding opportunities.
  • MAAF does not support episodic work, such as a web series or podcast.
  • Applicants who have received, or have a pending application for support from NYSCA’s Individual Artists program may not apply for MAAF Artist support for the same project.
  • Applicants who receive other NYSCA Regrant support through a local arts council, NYFA, etc. (where funds have originated from NYSCA) may not apply for MAAF Artist support for the same project.
  • The applicant must have all rights to distribute and exhibit the work as proposed.
  • Student works are not eligible. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for career artists who may have returned to school for postgraduate work.
Learn More + Apply

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: sTo Len

Jun 04, 2021 - Jun 13, 2021

Centered around conversations with streams and rivers, sTo Len will use divining rods, fishing rods, hydrophones, contact mics, and radio transmitters to connect with the local waterways of Greene County, NY through sound rituals. Len will visit with the streams near Wave Farm during his residency and document the journey. Live Streaming will live stream on the internet in spontaneous events, and a final audio collage will be presented for FM broadcast at the culmination.

sTo Len is a genre fluid artist with interests in printmaking, installation, sound, video and performance. The cross-disciplinary nature of Len's work often centers around collaborations with bodies of water that transform waste into art materials and the public commons into an art studio and performance space. His sound work incorporates contact mics, analog effect pedals, cassette players, samplers, solar panels, drum machines, household appliances, and the đàn bầu, a one-string Vietnamese instrument. sTo Len is based in Queens, NY with familial roots in Vietnam and Virginia, and his work incorporates these bonds by connecting issues of their history, environment, traditions and politics. Len was recently the first artist in residence at AlexRenew Wastewater Treatment facility in Alexandria, VA and is a member of Works on Water, a group of artists and activists working with and about water in the face of climate change and environmental justice concerns. stoishere.com

Radio Broadcasts:
Tune in at WGXC 90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley, or at wavefarm.org/listen from anywhere.

  • June 5, 2021 10 p.m. - midnight
  • June 11, 2021 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • June 12, 2021 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Temar France

Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 27, 2021

The Black Garden Project is a documentary radio play that takes music and sound texts (interviews, field recordings, recorded lectures, etc.) into a critical investigation of Black queer life ecologies. The program will specifically examine the process of creating nourishing spaces for Black people in institutions of higher education. Inspired by stories of activism in response to anti-Black and indigenous racism on college campuses, this piece will poetically mix elements of newspaper theater with radio interference to gesture towards the ephemeral instability and impossibility of structuralizing nourishing spaces for Black life in the contemporary world while exploring the simultaneous capacity of radio to enact real structural connections through vulnerable Black communities that are creating new sites for Black resistance politics, Black life gardens, and futures.

Temar France is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose research-based practice considers Black feminist ecologies, queer world-making, sexuality, and healing. Their recent work focuses on radio broadcast and live performance, combining interviews, field recordings, poetry, and music to construct and amplify narratives that explore questions about Black queer ecological succession, community, and rebellion. France is currently in graduate school at Brooklyn College studying performance and interactive media art. temarfrance.com

Radio Broadcast:
Tune in at WGXC 90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley, or at wavefarm.org/listen from anywhere.

  • June 26, 2021 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Barrier

2021
Type A

The Barrier project was originally intended as a response to the climate of fear, panic, protectionism and the imposition of perceived safety that characterized the American urban landscape during the years following the attacks of September 11, 2001. At that time 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.

Each Barrier piece is an identical, curved Jersey barrier that describes a 60º radius designed to offer flexible, site-specific installation options. Its aestheticized curved form — which does not exist in the industry — is organic, rhythmic and alluring whether installed to emphasize flow or fracture. Barrier addresses sculpture’s ability to aggressively affect the viewer's relationship to the space in which it is installed. In plainer words, Barrier blocks and hinders. It raises inconvenience to the level of ultimatum.

Previous installations of Barrier have addressed the object’s function as additive architecture, at times harmonizing formally with the structural environment in which it is installed, at other times dividing it. For the Wave Farm Barrier installation, Type A realizes a form which functions in ways that other installations have not.

Barrier at Wave Farm takes the shape of an audio waveform of S.O.S. This installation becomes a glyph, a physical representation of language. Because the barriers are fragments that have fixed size and shape, the installation is a simplified representation of this waveform, effectively transforming information into something more aesthetically driven. This loss of clarity speaks to the non-utilitarian nature of art as something that cannot — or will not — convey ideas clearly.

Barrier is on-view by appointment at Wave Farm. Contact info@wavefarm.org to schedule a tour of Wave Farm's 10 current installations

Above photos: Courtesy Type A.

Watch a three-day installation, sped up to 9 1/2 minutes!

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Wave Farm remains tirelessly committed to making the airwaves a participatory medium. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

These activities are made possible, in part, from state and federal art grants, foundation support, earned income derived from studio rentals and special curatorial/consulting engagements, and from private, tax-deductible, support from individuals like you.

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Wave Farm programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by CREATE; the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation; the T. Backer Fund; the Joseph Family Charitable Trust; and hundreds of other generous individual donors, including WGXC Sustaining Supporters, who provide critical monthly support to Wave Farm's radio station WGXC 90.7-FM.

        

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