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November 07, 2006




neuroTransmitter news: • Beyond Territory: neuroTransmitter -- Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA • Ground Control -- Dangerous Crossings, Ortstermine 2006, Munich, Germany • Frequency Allocations (in 3 parts) -– Contested Spaces: Artists and the Urban Environment, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

Beyond Territory: neuroTransmitter :: November 10 – December 31, 2006 :: Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195-1410 :: Reception: Thursday, November 9, 2006, 8 – 10 PM.

The artist team neuroTransmitter (Valerie Tevere + Angel Nevarez) works specifically with radio machinations to investigate the history, technology, and current uses of this ubiquitous broadcast format. The two installations at the Henry situate our imaginations inside pirate radio stations of the past. 12 Miles Out, a wire drawing that functions as an antenna for an accompanying radio transmitter, depicts the blueprint of a ship that housed Radio Caroline, a mobile pirate station originating from the waters off the coast of Great Britain. The sound loop heard in the gallery is made up of fragments culled from archival materials originating from the mid-1960s heyday of offshore broadcasts.

Radio City 299-MW (1) refers to Radio City, a station based in abandoned military fortifications in the Thames Estuary off the British coast during this same era. The seven miniature models of the rampart-like towers contain the source of low-power transmissions relayed to the radios on the walls. The four-channel sound composition (also based on archival broadcast materials) occupies the gallery, replicating on a small-scale Radio City’s unauthorized occupation of institutional spaces – the physical architecture as well as the radio frequencies. Both pirate stations transmitted independent shows and rock music in defiance of the BBC’s government-controlled broadcasting monopoly and the heavy corporate sway over music programming.

By reflecting on the influential effects of these repurposed sites, neuroTransmitter proposes locating similar catalysts in our communities today. Their work, whether experienced in museums, over the airwaves, or in the public realm, suggests a reconfiguration of the broadcast spectrum as a space for communication and experimentation, where individual voice and locality take precedence over the homogenizing outcomes of regulation and corporatization. -Sara Krajewski, Associate Curator

Curated by Associate Curator Sara Krajewski and generously supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and ArtsFund. In-kind support provided by Hotel Max and Hogue Cellars. For more information call 206.543.2281. Contact: Betsey Brock, betsey[at]henryart.org

Ground Control: a project by neuroTransmitter is part of Dangerous Crossings, The Grammar of Tolerance, Ortstermine 2006, Munich, Germany :: 23 September – 19 November, 2006 in public places in the city of Munich/Germany.

Dangerous Crossings consists of twelve artistic interventions in public places in the city of Munich. The Dangerous Crossings projects are bundled into three thematic focal points: the first questions the eye-level at which the involved parties encounter each other, where the issue concerns tolerance. The second examines what is evaluated as a norm, how normalizing establishes and secures itself, and which means of securing are brought into play. The third focal point introduces self-techniques, with which those affected by this normalizing take control of their own situations.

Dangerous Crossings concentrates on two areas of Munich, from the city center up to the southern city boundary. It not only invites visitors to engage the artistic works, but to consider the path between projects. Each work of art offers itself as both a terminating point and intermediate stop of such a route.

A handbook is published by Silke Schreiber Publisher ISBN: 3-88960-087-5
Curated by Farida Heuck, Ralf Homann, Pia Lanzinger.

Artist interventions in public places in the city of Munich/Germany by: Beate Engl, Freie Klasse München, Alex Gerbaulet, Stefano Giuriati & Aldo Giannotti, GSA/Konrad Becker, Alexander Klosch & Oliver Thuns, Klub Zwei / Simone Bader & Jo Schmeiser, Andrea Knobloch, Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, neuroTransmitter, raumlabor_berlin, RELAX, chiarenza & hauser & co

Organizer: Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München Abteilung Kulturelle Veranstaltungen und Programme – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum

Contact: Erwin Hartel, Telefon 089/233254 53 erwin.hartel[at]muenchen.de

Frequency Allocations (in 3 parts): a project by neuroTransmitter is included in the exhibition Contested Spaces: Artists and the Urban Environment, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY :: November 3–11, 2006.

The struggle for space is not a new issue among urban artists. The manner in which artists create work in spite of this struggle, however, is constantly evolving. The work, collaborations, collectives, and communities created are directly related to a common trend moving from traditional artistic methods into creative forms of cultural engagement. Some of the work actively addresses the question of what is art but we are posing the question what is the relationship of art to society. Artists in urban environments are often displaced from neighborhoods, pushed out of live/work spaces, and forced to persevere in extraneous circumstances. Many artists use their creative practices to reclaim their city and build communities. Historically there have been many reasons for artist to go to the streets, gentrification displacement being a common trigger, however, this is just one of many social concerns that artists address.

This exhibition deals with a cross section of artists currently working in New York City, but artists across the globe are finding creative ways to activate public space. This exhibition deals with individual artists and collectives whose work is related to concerns with social justice and whose efforts are typically displayed outside the traditional methods of exhibiting art. Our choice to represent here and now will show a real time view of artists reacting to many of the issues brought to the surface through the Art/Space Conference that this exhibition is presented in conjunction with Jim Costanzo & Brynna Tucker, Exhibition Co-Curators.

Participating Artists: Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Danger / Complacent Nation, El Puente, Ryan Watkins Hughes, neuroTransmitter, Not an Alternative, Michael Rakowitz, Duke Riley, Swoon, Lee Walton.

Essays by Alan W. Moore and Gregory Sholette
Curated by Jim Costanzo and Brynna Tucker

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the conference Art in the Contested City, A Conference Exploring the Role of the Arts in Contemporary Struggles over Urban Space :: November 3, 2006 9 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information about the exhibition and conference

(1) Radio City 299-MW, commissioned by the Henry Art Gallery, is second in a series of works that examines the repurposed history, architecture, and sonic resonance of Shivering Sands, an installation of abandoned Maunsell Sea Forts initially used by the British military for fortification during World War II. Radio City was one of the pirate stations that occupied Shivering Sands during the 1960’s. For the first work in the series, entitled Offshore, neuroTransmitter consisted of Valerie Tevere, Angel Nevarez, and Lize Mogel. Offshore was produced while neuroTransmitter was in-residence at Eyebeam, New York.

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Posted by jo at November 7, 2006 02:22 PM