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The Radio Art Hour
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
Weekly Program
ntroductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe.
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Welcome to "The Radio Art Hour," a show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio. "The Radio Art Hour" draws from the Wave Farm Broadcast Radio Art Archive, an online resource that aims to identify, coalesce, and celebrate historical and contemporary international radio artworks made by artists around the world, created specifically for terrestrial AM/FM broadcast, whether it be via commercial, public, community, or independent transmission. Come on a journey with us as radio artists explore broadcast radio space through poetic resuscitations and playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers in this hour of radio about radio as an art form. "The Radio Art Hour" features introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and from Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows Karen Werner, Andy Stuhl, and Jess Speer. The Conet Project's recordings of numbers radio stations serve as interstitial sounds. Go to wavefarm.org for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.
This broadcast features Aki Onda's Nam June's Spirit Was Speaking to Me an installation at the 2022 Toronto Biennial

Write's Aki Onda, Nam Junes Spirit Was Speaking to Me occurred purely by chance. In 2010, I spent four days at the Nam June Paik Art Center on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea for a series of performances and had plenty of free time to wander. The building was packed with an impressive array of installations, sculptures, drawings, and print ephemera. I have always felt a close kinship with Paik, and so it was a great opportunity to immerse myself in his works. It was that night I received first contact, via a hand-held radio in a hotel room in Seoul. It was out of the blue. Scanning through the stations, I stumbled upon what sounded like a submerged voice, and began recording. I concluded that this was Paik's spirit reaching out to me.

The project continued to grow organically as I continued to channel Paiks spirit over long distances, receiving cryptic broadcasts and messages. The series of seances, conducted in different cities across the globe, began in Seoul in 2010, and continued in Koln, Germany in 2012; Wrocaw, Poland in 2013; and Lewisburg, USA in 2014. The original recordings were captured by the same radio with almost no editing, save for some minimal slicing. Paik is known for his association with shamanism, a practice that constantly surfaces in his works throughout his career. In an interview, he stated: In Korea, diverse forms of shamanism are strongly remained. Even though I have created my work unconsciously, the most inspiring thing in my work came from Korean female shaman Mudang. Paik himself was a master shaman and used shaman rituals and symbols for staging his vivid performances and installations.

These recordings became a way for me to explore the mythic form of radio"a medium which is full of mysteries. The transmissions captured may be secret broadcasts on anonymous radio stations. There are in fact hundreds of these stations around the world, although the numbers dwindle as clandestine messages can now be sent via encrypted digital channels. Some of these stations were likely for use by the military, a part of espionage or relics of the Cold War. But many others continue without apparent explanation. These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. 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. Major activities include the Wave Farm Artist Residency Program; Transmission Art Archive; WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears, a creative community radio station based in New Yorks Upper Hudson Valley; a Fiscal Sponsorship program; and the Media Arts Assistance Fund in partnership with NYSCA Electronic Media/Film. EVERGREEN EPISODE 062.

Aki Onda Download Program Podcast
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
01:00:50 1 March 31, 2022
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