'Transmittal' in Catskill in April

Mar 13, 2012 2:46 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Max Goldfarb's "Relay.""][/caption]free103point9 hosts, "Transmittal," a transmission arts exhibition of local New York artists and international radio artists, in Catskill, New York this spring. "Transmittal" is curated by Galen Joseph-Hunter, free103point9’s Executive Director and author of "Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves" (PAJ Publications: 2011.) Works include video, sound, radio, installation, performance, and work-on-paper. An opening for "Transmittal" will be held Saturday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m., and the exhibition is open from Apr. 27 through June 1 at the Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery at 398 Main St. in Catskill.

The exhibits include:

In "A Noospheric Atlas of New York," Brett Ian Balogh (Chicago, IL) maps the hertzian space created by the New York's mass media broadcast stations. This space is not definable in the traditional terms of the surveyed boundaries of state territories, but rather by electrical field strengths and consumer markets. Geospatial data provided by the Federal Communications Commission is rendered as translucent shapes whose color is determined by the type of service (AM/FM/TV).

With "Relay," Max Goldfarb (Hudson, NY) presents a grouping of Ambulant Transceivers, a series of handmade radio transceivers constructed from reconstituted radio-electronic components, housed inside vintage first-aid tins. The adjacent video, "Locations:Relay," represents an equally hand-made security system in the form of a community-watch perimeter check. The localized security network is cobbled together by many collaborating members of an unspecified village: each voice transmission attached to aerial imagery of the territory.

Sam Sebren (Athens, NY) presents "9/11-QVC," an off-air single-channel video work. On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City, Sebren videotaped himself toggling his television dial between news coverage in memorial of the attacks and a home shopping network’s regularly scheduled programming. Here Sebren “performs” with a palette of commercial television broadcast re-presenting these transmissions in a critical and reflective light.

"Fill," by Maria Papadomanolaki (New York, NY) is an interactive sound installation using low-power radio transmission. To experience "Fill," attendees will borrow a small radio transceiver and move about the space. Papadomanolaki’s microcast is designed to highlight the physical properties of her site-specific transmission. Gallery goers will observe distinct changes in what they hear based on their position and movement in the GCCA exhibition space.

Phillip Stearns (Brooklyn, NY) presents his work "Deluge," a sound and light installation that depicts the constant hum of anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation around us as a showering rain of light. A cloud of lights is created from numerous strands suspended from the ceiling. Each strand contains varying numbers of lights at varying lengths and is a visual representation of the sounds emanating softly from one of the many speakers located above. The sounds produced by the piece are sourced from real-time transmissions selected from the broad electromagnetic spectrum we use for radio communications: AM, FM, Short Wave, and Wireless frequencies.

Presented as listening stations, "Transmittal" also includes special selections from two recent international radio art exhibitions: Radio Arts Space by radioCona (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and Radio Boredcast co-commissioned by AV Festival 12 and Pixel Palace, hosted by basic.fm (Newcastle, UK).

GCCA exhibition 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.

"Transmittal" will be on view at the Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414, from April 28–June 2, 2012. An artist talk and workshop schedule will be announced shortly.