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Show 339: All That is Solid Melts Into Air by Brett Ian Balogh

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (Radia Version) is a transmission work that is an extension of the work done for Maximilian Goldfarb’s Deep Cycle (2010). The piece is composed of a series of maps that trace a path through all Radia Network stations in Europe. The maps are then encoded to sound through a protocol for transmission of images over radio known as slow-scan television, or SSTV (in this case, Robot 72s Color). The piece re-interprets the solid as air through the processes of encoding, transmitting, receiving and decoding the map. Through this process, the physical and imagined boundaries depicted on the map become distorted through their interaction with the actual space they intend to represent.

Distortion in image due to sstv encoding/transmission/reception/decoding over a broadband link. Terrestrial radio broadcast/reception can introduce more and varied distortions of the original information.

Brett is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Studio from the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his Bachelor in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in architecture, computer-aided design and manufacturing, do-it-yourself broadcasting and acoustics. Brett is also a transmission artist and a 2009-2010 airtime fellow.

Show 319: Gowanus Over and Out, by Maria Papadomanolaki

Gowanus Over and Out follows the aural traces of the narrowcast audio exhibit Sib Radio Gowanus curated last year for the exhibition “Postcards from Gowanus” (Cabinet Magazine Gallery, March 17-20 2010, Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York). The conceptual backbone of the project was to create a sonic wallpaper that would reflect the aural undertones, both real and imagined, of the area surrounding the gallery. It also served as an organic sonotopia that inhabited the audiovisual exhibits in a process of associative interaction. Responding to a call for works, a total of 44 U.S. and international artists from diverse creative backgrounds contributed works ranging from drones and field recordings to spoken word pieces and experimental sonic artworks. Gowanus Over and Out attempts to offer a glimpse into some of the different facets of the exhibit while at the same time being its own self-expanding universe of sounds.

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Gowanus Over and Out is produced by Maria Papadomanolaki for Radia network member free103point9 and their newly launched full-power FM station WGXC-90.7-FM in upstate New York.

The piece features samples of the following works:

Myke Dodge Weiskopf – Helicopter

Sogar – Tapete

Knut Aufermann – avi5

Sterling Basement – Drowned in the Canal

Solo Andata – Ablation

verdi_spirali – on_earth@in_space

Jonny Farrow – Gowanus Walk

Radio Ruido – all artifacts

Maria Papadomanolaki – Cabinet

Lina Lapelyte – MATB1

Maria Papadomanolaki – Playground (Radia edit)

Todd Merrell – As March Times On

Mark Templeton – Safely into March

Bryan Zimmerman – Blobs Of Yellow-Green Sun

Last Days – Walls

A.G – Polygon:08|1

Myke Dodge Weiskopf – VNG

Maria Papadomanolaki is a Greek artist working primarily with sound in the context of phonography, audience-centered performance pieces, and radio art. Her background in language studies and interest in environmental sound inform her artistic practice. Papadomanolaki often combines these two elements in her work to amplify the intrinsic physical and psychological qualities of an experienced time and space. In 2006, she marked her transition from French language and literature to the sonic arts with Stoma—an interactive voice piece based on Samuel Beckett’s Not I exhibited in the UK and Greece. As a researcher and writer, she has presented at international conferences. Her paper, “Radio as the voice of community, locality, interactivity and experimentation,” presented at The Cyprus University of Technology and the ECREA Radio Research Section 2009 conference, will be published in the forthcoming volume Radio Content in the Digital Age: The Evolution of a Sound Medium (2011, Intellect Books). Papadomanolaki currently resides in New York where she works as a freelance artist.