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Friday, May 20 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Radical Radio

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Exploring radio as technology, concept, and practice; reflecting on its history for facilitating democratic expression; and looking to radio’s future as an evolving sound medium for artists, documentarians, musicians, educators, and performers. Within an event space transformed as a multi-channel low-watt radio installation – with a sonic basis of manipulations of the atomic clock – four artists provide commentary on how the traditions of radio inform the modern application of sound: radio artist and composer Anna Friz on the historical theory and practice of the art of radio transmission; transmission artist Jeff Kolar on using current considerations for radio as an apparatus for sonification of the electromagnetic spectrum; screenwriter and radio producer Sharon Mashihi on the performance of audio narrative; and audio artist Kaitlin Prest on theoretical possibilities for podcasting as an art form. These analyses are supported through performances by these artists in pairs, exhibiting the cross-disciplinary aspects of radio practice: Friz and Kolar perform radio as instrument, giving subtle treatment to the airwaves and unstable circuits from which highly detailed landscapes emerge; and Prest and Mashihi perform radio as theatre to launch an investigation into sound, object, and the ways that human beings torment themselves.

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Shani Aviram (Megapolis)

Shani Aviram is the programming director for Megapolis Audio Festival as well as a composer, sound designer, and radio producer. She has worked with Reduced Listening productions and acclaimed podcasts Love+Radio and The Heart. Her work with The Heart has been featured on Australian Broadcasting Corporation and podcasts such as The Truth and Why Oh Why. Shani holds a BA in music composition from Mills College where she studied with... Read More →
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Justin Grotelueschen (Megapolis)

Justin is the co-founder and Managing Director of MEGAPOLIS and has a long-standing interest in musique concrete, noise, improvisation, and looping. Before MEGAPOLIS, he worked or volunteered for public, community, and campus radio stations and related media organizations for 13 years. He began performing weekly on the radio in 1997 by live-mixing minuscule snippets of songs from the KRNU music library, and continued in 2003 with a weekly... Read More →
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Anna Friz

Anna Friz got her start in campus/community radio at CiTR Vancouver in 1993. Since then she has created audio art and radiophonic works for extensive international broadcast, installation, or performance in more than 25 countries. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna holds a Ph.D. in... Read More →
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Jeff Kolar

Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. His work often activates sound in unconventional, temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission... Read More →
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Kaitlin Prest

Kaitlin Prest is an audio artist working in radio, performance, and installation and the host of Radiotopia's The Heart Podcast. She works creatively directing independent podcast projects and does public speaking and private consulting about storytelling with sound (Third Coast International Audio Festival, UnionDocs, Transom Story Workshop). Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, National Community... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →

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