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Open Call for 60x60 Wave Farm Mix

2014-05-01 – 2014-11-14

Vox Novus's 60x60 and Wave Farm are calling for one-minute radio art works!

Vox Novus and Wave Farm are delighted to collaborate on a special edition of 60x60 focused on Radio Art. Artists are invited to submit recorded works (created with, for, about radio and transmission) with durations of 60 seconds, to be included in the eleventh annual 60x60 project; a FM broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM; and distributed as a Wave Farm Dispatch Series download. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour live event and broadcast.

60x60 is a project of "signature works" and short works created specifically for the 60x60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs,) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer's own work are acceptable. On the occasion of this special collaboration with Wave Farm, 60x60 is specifically seeking radio art composition submissions.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Anna Ialeggio

2014-08-01 – 2014-08-10

Intolerable Quagmire is a non-linear radio drama about a mythical real estate enterprise: a pyramid scheme and failed land grab which spawns many fables and consequences. The scenes are assembled as a terrestrial radio theatre broadcast and/or presented as an installation using an array of micro-power transmitters playing each scene on loop.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Anna Ialeggio

2014-08-09 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Anna Ialeggio, presents Intolerable Quagmire.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Damon Baker

2014-08-15 – 2014-08-24

Transmission as Contagion: William S. Burroughs and Transmission Arts celebrates the Burroughs centennial with series of projects that draw attention to his non-literary work and apply his methods and theories to new media. At Wave Farm, Baker will produce both a scholarly essay and an artwork informed by the transmission art ideas within the essays “The Electronic Revolution” and “The Invisible Generation.”

Saturday Afternoon Show: Biocultura (Andrea Polli and John Donalds)

2014-08-16 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Andrea Polli and John Donalds present a program featuring interviews and sounds on the subject of biotechnology. Inspired by a traditional teahouse, 'T' House provides a framework and forum for the discussion of sustainability and climate change issues as they relate to food production--including the impacts of GMO and other synthetic biology.

Write Polli and Donalds, "The 'T' House is the second phase of a project that began with the Biokitchen, a mobile, hybrid kitchen/biology laboratory for mixing traditional building materials with living materials like microbial cellulose. Through a series of invited workshops in bio art, we have internationally investigated and grown heirloom microbes, for example wild yeasts, lacto-bacilli including those in chile stems and ant eggs, the Japanese fungi Koji, and symbiotic cultures such as kombucha SCOBY. We used SCOBYs to create microbial cellulose material for projection screens and clothing for the Biokitchen. The Biokitchen was hosted by the Explora! Science museum in Albuquerque for the opening reception of the International Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) 2013 Conference.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Damon Baker

2014-08-23 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Steve Bull, presents Transmission as Contagion: William S. Burroughs and Transmission Arts.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Patrick Quinn

2014-08-29 – 2014-09-07

Survant is a performative lecture and broadcast, which draws attention to the pervasive presence of surveillance in our daily lives and a community of artists and activists making work in response.

USB Dead Drops Workshop

2014-09-06 12:00pm – 3:00pm

On Saturday September 6, 2014 Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Patrick Quinn will lead a workshop on USB dead drops at the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra, NY.

USB dead drops (, are anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing networks in public spaces. This workshop will focus on various countersurveillance techniques + tactics citizens can utilize in order to protect their privacy and civil liberties. Citizens will learn how to create their own dead drop, deploy practical cryptography techniques in daily life, and map various surveillance apparatus in their respective neighborhoods.

Email to register for this workshop. Materials and lunch fee: $20 per participant.

Patrick Quinn is a Brooklyn-based artist + hacker + researcher + activist investigating civil disobedience, remix theory, the commodification of sub-cultures, subversive locative media, and how information is weaponized in the Digital Age. His participatory projects aim to problematize the concepts of property and surveillance in hopes of activating communities and generating social change. His latest project SURVANT utilizes USB dead drops, which are anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing networks installed in public spaces (physical + digital), and citizen captured video recordings to create inverse surveillance logs of surveillance cameras. Quinn believes that by engaging community members in transgressive tradecraft, citizens will be able to demystify the symbolic power and influence the surveillance apparatus has over them. Quinn is currently a graduate student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and also works as a field coordinator at New York Road Runners (Youth and Community Services division) establishing track and field programs in underserved New York City schools. Before relocating to Brooklyn, he lived in Chicago where he studied new media and experimental music at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Patrick Quinn

2014-09-06 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Patrick Quinn, presents Survant.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Daniel Steffey

2014-09-12 – 2014-09-21

Pneuma is a radio opera using broadcast feedback in conjunction with a series of compositions performed and assembled at Wave Farm.


2014-09-13 2:00pm – 6:00pm

The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM are pleased to co-present a new iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. Hundreds will converge at Olana State Historic Site for site-specific performance and works and in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.

Groundswell will feature installations and performances from: Kenseth Armstead, William Basinski, Steve Bull, Jane Carver, Ellen Driscoll, Michael Garofalo, Mckendree Key, Hélène Lesterlin, Jack Magai, Man Forever, Laura Ortman, Mau Schoettle, and Bryan Zimmerman.

Admission: $20 in advance ($30 day of); 12 & under: free
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All proceeds benefit The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC-FM

Olana’s 250-acre landscape was originally designed in response to its essential and spectacular views--the “Olana Viewshed”--by Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. On September 13, during this one-day exhibition event, audiences will explore the property’s undiscovered roads and naturalistic scenes as they encounter each project site. Picnicking will take place at a breathtaking clearing, which overlooks the Hudson River, the Catskill Mountains and beyond. The event will culminate with a performance by celebrated composer and artist William Basinski.

Groundswell installations and performances will be sited along Olana’s historic Ridge Road. When Church created this road, he famously wrote: “I can make more and better landscapes in this way than by tampering with canvas and paint in the studio.” While passing through native woodlands and recently restored meadows, participants will interact with the artists and Olana’s background elements, which include: the distant mountains of Vermont and the nearby City of Hudson; the Mount Merino hillside which was protected by Scenic Hudson; the site of the regional St. Lawrence Cement battle; the original property of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School and Church’s teacher; high voltage power lines with blinking support towers which cross the Hudson River along a route which might soon be expanded throughout the Hudson Valley; the site of the famed Catskill Mountain House, America’s great wilderness hotel, which disappeared in flames in 1963; and Blue Hill, which Church painted and which has recently been threatened with a larger communications tower along its ridgeline. Since the 1970s, when a massive nuclear power plant was rejected because of Olana’s iconic views, Olana has represented a particularly American mix of art and environmentalism.

Groundswell Participating Artists:

Multimedia installation artist Kenseth Armstead’s most recent work spans from a first person investigation of the African-American experience inside the American Revolution from the perspective of a historical figure, James Armistead Lafayette. The founders’ high ideals and the penalty for deviation from them are both reshaped as objects that relate this point of view.

William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years. Employing obsolete technology, shortwave radio static, and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholic soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.

Steve Bull is a mixed-media technology artist whose practice includes cellphone karaoke and augmented reality. For over a decade, Bull has created location-specific narratives and games that explore the social, technological, and creative possibilities of cell phones.

Jane Carver’s performance and sound-based works are fueled by an interest in the accumulation and decay of sound, as well as the relationship between melody and memory. At Groundswell, Carver will work in collaboration with conceptual artist Mckendree Key whose practice centers around architecture and space. Key’s ongoing project The Den Transaction is an experiment in space as a commodity in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Ellen Driscoll explores history, resource consumption, and material lineage in her sculptures, drawings, and installations. Recent projects imagine a ghostly and chaotic future through sculptural landscapes, constructed out of translucent, plastic bottles. Driscoll serves as Program Director of Studio Arts at Bard College.

Michael Garofalo is a sound artist, musician, and senior producer for the national public media project StoryCorps. At Groundswell, Garofalo will work with Laura Ortman and Bryan Zimmerman. Laura Ortman, a composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual and installation artist, has co-founded and performed in groups including The Dust Dive, Stars Like Fleas, and the all-Native American orchestra, The Coast Orchestra. Sound and visual artist Bryan Zimmerman’s work takes shape in performance, photography, collage, and installation, consistently exploring overlooked and undervalued human geography, land use, and outdoor culture.

Hélène Lesterlin founded Studio Reynard in 2012 for her work as director, performer, artist, curator, and instigator of collaborative projects; current works include a medieval puppet satire, as well as a solo dance disguised as a lecture using the archives of the Woodstock Historical Society. At Groundswell, Lesterlin will work in collaboration with Jack Magai, choreographer, dancer, and founder in 2006 with Lesterlin and Margit Galanter of Emergent Scores Lab (ESL), a weekly meeting of improvising time-based artists. His work deals with the battle for our attention between ideas and sensations. The current idea is "nature revives the tired modern soul."

Man Forever is a exploratory percussion project helmed by drummer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most critically acclaimed and versatile collaborators. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has comprised an exciting roster of guest performers.

Marian Schoettle constructs mobile scenarios with clothing and props that explore the experience of the self in relation to social, political, and physical environments. Her ongoing project 'post industrial folk wear and commodities' explores the theme of (dis)integration.

Radio Stew: Pneuma

2014-09-18 12:05am – 1:00am

Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Daniel Steffey (Oakland, CA) presents Pneuma, a radio opera using broadcast feedback in conjunction with a series of compositions performed and assembled at Wave Farm and simulcast on Stanford University's KZSU.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Daniel Steffey

2014-09-20 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Steffey, presents Pneuma.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Mark Vernon

2014-09-26 – 2014-10-05

Audiology for Beginners: A self assessment radio hearing test is a broadcast under the guise of a hearing examination, which listeners take by tuning in to the radio program from their own homes. Infused with humor and self-awareness regarding the preposterousness of the idea that one could accurately self-diagnose a hearing complaint through such a variable medium, the program will be presented dead-pan, blending the factual and authoritative with a more playful, fictional approach underpinned by the electronic soundscapes created from existing hearing tests.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Mark Vernon

2014-10-04 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Steve Bull, presents Audiology for Beginners: A self assessment radio hearing test.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Rimas Simaitis

2014-10-10 – 2014-10-19

Terrestrial Space Exploration is an observation and interpretation of interference, specifically regarding the behavior of FM and ham radio transmissions as they pass through different types of physical space. The project will manifest as a series of portraits that document the unique circumstances of different locations and treat the inherent interference at those locations as signatures.

RTLSDR (software defined radio receivers) Workshop

2014-10-18 12:00pm – 3:00pm

On Saturday October 18, 2014 Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Rimas Simaitis will lead a workshop on RTLSDR at the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra, NY.

In 2012 it was discovered that a line of TV tuning USB dongles could receive a much broader range of radio frequencies, and that the $20 devices could be used instead to turn an average computer into a powerful software defined radio (SDR) receiver. Software defined radio systems emulate the complex and expensive equipment often found in a ham radio shack. Developers have since created programs for Mac, Windows, and Linux that utilized these USB TV tuners and enable users to do anything from run a simple FM radio receiver, tinker with radio astronomy, or explore any other signals that can be found between 50-2000 MHz. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of RTLSDR, and open the door for DIY exploration of the radio spectrum.

Email to register for this workshop.

Rimas K. Simaitis's artistic practice is informed by research regarding the geographical influences a region has upon the development and formation of its cultures and populations. He developed an interest in radio transmissions when studying how Reggae music formed on the island of Jamaica. Due to the close proximity of Miami and New Orleans, Jamaica could receive the distinct music being broadcast from radio stations in these cities. The music being heard across the airwaves ultimately influenced the development of Jamaica’s own music and culture in a post-colonial era when the islanders were seeking their own, new identity. Simaitis’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Roots & Culture Contemporary Arts Center in Chicago; SOIL in Seattle; the Boise Art Museum, the Hammer Museum and MOCA, in Los Angeles, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He has exhibited with the galleries Benrimon Contemporary in New York, and Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles. Simaitis holds an MFA in Spatial Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and two undergraduate degrees in music and management from Seattle University. Simaitis currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Rimas Simaitis

2014-10-18 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence, Steve Bull, presents Terrestrial Space Exploration.

Saturday Afternoon Show: ARK3

2014-11-01 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin join Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe, to talk about their project ARK3, which opens at the Fosdick Nelson Gallery at Alfred University fall 2014.