Wireless travels


This week I’m in Basel, Switzerland to give a talk on Thursday Nov 22, 2018 as part of the Radiophonic Spaces exhibition at the Museum Tinguely which is part of a larger initiative to study radio and radio art by the international Radiophonic Cultures research group.

The talk is entitled “Distance, Difference and Reverie: Encountering Transmission Ecologies Through Radio Art”. Other presenters over the course of the exhibition include Geert Lovink, Diana McCarty, Verena Kuni, Carolyn Birdsall, Wolfgang Ernst, and others.

Also this week, on November 24, 2018 Collecting Clocks and Losing Time will premiere in Poland at Impart Theatre, Wroclaw, as part of the Canti Spazializzati 4 event, in coordination with the latest issue of Glissando music journal, in which I also have an article about radio art in Canada entitled “Art on Autonomous Waves“.



Against All Suns at U Houston


I will be giving a presentation and Q&A as part of the series Against All Suns sponsored by the Desert Unit for Speculative Territories and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Interdisciplinary Initiatives at University of Houston.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 6:30pm at the University of Houston, Fine Arts Building- Room 110

The presentation is entitled Sound Signal Conductor, and here’s what it’s all about:

Consider transmission art as occupying ‘radio space’: continuous, available, fluctuating transmission ecologies, described by the reach of signals within overlapping fields of influence and the space of imagination such invisible territories enable. The extrasensory nature of radio space, taken together with acousmatic explorations of geological and political landscapes, allows for a productive slippage between real material signals and sounds and imaginary spaces. Friz will discuss solo and collaborative installation and durational performance works which broadly engage both critical physical and radiophonic spaces: from the intimacy and distance of radio beacons, to the naturalization and pervasiveness of military practices into contemporary civil communications (such as drone technology, or the atomic clock), to the radial logics of expanding urban and industrial infrastructures.

 



Sonic Saturday at Ars Electronica


Sonic Astigmatism


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On November 2, 2016, I had the pleasure of taking part in unschärfen: eine art konferenz, a performative conference convened by Andrea Sodomka and Doris Ingrisch of the Institut für Kulturmanagement und Gender Studies. The conference explored the fuzzy or blurred areas between the production of knowldege in art and science; the expressivity and activity in ambiguous, noisy, unsharp relations and the ways in which such blurring might also be understood as a feminist strategy.

Other participants included Norbert Math, Elisabeth Zimmermann, and Reinhold Bertlmann.

This afternoon event of lecture/performance, demonstration, and dialogue has now been turned into a radio program, airing this Sunday December 4, 2016 on ORF Kunstradio, the radio art program of Ö1, the cultural channel of the national public radio of Austria.

Tune in here.

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A quick gear plug: the lovely retro mic I used was the Copperphone Mini, independently designed and built by Placid Audio.



Radiotelegraph continues to travel


Friz_morse_mountainBack in October 2013, while on residency at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland, I crafted a 16:00 minute radio beacon to broadcast on my private transmitter every evening at sundown for a week. Radiotelegraph featured my first formal attempts at performing vocal morse code, laid over a bed of signals and oscillations. It was simulcast on the mighty Radius in Chicago, U.S. as episode 44 in their esteemed catalogue of transmission experiments.

In the last month, Radiotelegraph has made its way around the world in various ways:

-featured on Radius’ Sketchpad series on WGXC New York and the Wavefarm’s Transmission Arts archive, May 23, 2014

-featured in the latest curated playlist of Radius’ PATCH series on WFMU New Jersey and the Free Music Archive (FMA), posted June 1, 2014. This series includes three Radius episodes that reflect on the concept of distance.

-featured as part of radio trickster Gregory Whitehead‘s edition of Radio Yak, heard on the brand new Soundproof program, Radio National of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, aired May 25, 2014.

And finally… tomorrow I’m on my way to give a paper at the Radio As Art conference at the Weserburg Museum Studienzentrum in Bremen, Germany, taking place from 5-8. June 2014. I’ll be talking about “The Wireless Experience of Distance”. The whole conference will be streamed by Mobile Radio here, including some really nice curated overnight programming from the Radia network and ORF Kunstradio.



Upcoming conferences…


I have the honour of giving the keynote speech at the gala evening of the National Campus/Community Radio Conference, the yearly gathering for the National Campus and Community Radio Association here in Canada. Takes place June 15, 2012, in Kingston, Ontario, hosted by the mighty CFRC 101.9FM, who are also celebrating their 90th anniversary of radiophonic activity. I’ll be talking about resonant versus radiant paradigms for radio, illustrated by speculations and curiousities regarding the Radio of the Future, including the search for extraterrestrial life, whales, and some little people stuck inside the black box. You know, my usual pet topics.  I’m also sitting on a panel about radio art from 15h-17h, with Darren Copeland of New Adventures in Sound Art and Montréal artist Andrea-Jane Cornell.

Then I’m zooming off to London, England for the Supersonix Conference, hosted by the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Europe, and Exhibition Road Cultural Group, June 21-23, 2012. I’ll be giving a paper entitled “A Noisy Field of Relations: Radiophonic art and vital materialism”.