A cool thing that happens on the radio is the way threads organically, unexpectedly develop between different shows in a given month. This month, the thread was friendship (´・ω・｀)
Listening to people who like each other a lot simply vibe might just be one of the many the secret ingredients in the mysterious recipe for what makes a "good segment".
Check out a few of the shows from our March broadcast in which the hosts get along really well, and have chemistry that is very, very pleasant to be included in:
➚Craig Kalpakjian and Arto Lindsay: Mise en abîme / stairway to hell episode 3
➚Aria Dean and Emmanuel Olunkwa: The Radio Show: Energy 003
➚Bob Nickas and Adrian Rew: The Singer, Not the Song / Name That Tune
➚The Drunken Canal Attempts to Fill An Hour, with Jacky Flowers
➚Whitney Mallett and Seashell Coker featuring Esther Choi: Mukbangers
Image: Gargoyles at the Cloisters
A few months ago, Esther Sibiude came by the studio to discuss an idea for a show she had about sleep. I'd been writing my dreams down for the past few weeks and was excited by her proposal -- especially since I'd just read somewhere that the reason we forget our dreams is, perhaps, because if we remembered them too clearly, they'd become indistinguishable from reality. Whatever that is.
Esther mentioned a few articles that had just come out about sleep too, one of which was ➚this one about dream sharing by Matthew Spellberg. It seemed like sleep was on a lot of people's minds, maybe because in the pandemic we all finally had a little more time for it. Or because, in the monotony of quarantine, sleep offered a reprieve from the interiority of our repetitious days by, ironically, bringing us even further into ourselves.
The segment materialized in the form of ➚Naps and Dust, a compilation of music, stories, and poetry evoking the world of sleep with contributions by Anna Pierce and Benjamin Scott, Millie Kapp, Celia Lesh, Colleen Billing, Lucia della Paolera, Justine Lugli and Esther Sibiude, and Megan Cline. Though I heard it when it aired at 9pm on the last Friday of February, I listened to it today as I rounded the final bend of my morning walk, with winter retreating and spring on the horizon. I couldn't tell at moments if the sounds I was hearing were from inside or outside. Was the chirping of the birds "real" or part of the recording? Were the buzz and hums from the cars and passersby, or from inside my earbuds? Walking with my head down, I started noticing all of these imprints of leaves in the cement. Soon they'll be in the trees. And then, gone again.
In May of last year, art historian and media theorist Kris Paulsen came on the radio for ➚a segment with Electronic Arts Intermix and spoke about her book, ➚Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface. Telepresence, as she describes, is the ability to engage our senses in distant environments that we can manipulate and effect without ever being physically present. Our senses are engaged while our bodies are removed and sitting miles away. With the current state of the world, one of the biggest challenges we’ve all had to face is finding a way to connect with one another while being physically distant. And so with everything we’re going through, thought I'd share some of my favorite telepresence projects. Some are wonky futurist visions that never saw completion, while others gave us robotic limbs to remind us that we’re never as isolated as we think we are.
1. Telegarden (1995): A community garden where members could visit a web page that would instruct a robotic arm to plant new seeds, water the flowers, and keep track of its growth.
2. Hilton’s TeleSuite and Teledining services
In the late 90s, Hiliton hotels had started creating special rooms called “TeleSuites'' that would simulate the feeling of sitting down at a table and sharing a meal. Each room had a 92 inch screen that would project life size images of the other party, each side eating the same food with the same silverware. The systems were connected by land based lines instead of by satellite to make sure there were no delays or any buffering.
3. Underwater robot sampler that gently traps creatures without any harm for deep sea research. Future iterations of the robot will have the ability to take DNA samples and film video.
4. Kissenger: Perfect for star crossed lovers or I guess if you moved back in with your parents lol.
OceanOne robot has a haptic feedback system, so you can feel exactly what the robot is feeling with his hands
5. LiveMask: A screen that molds to the shape of your face
At the radio we're reminded again and again of the vitality of art and language, a power which can be used to disrupt damaging structural and generational stigmas. And historically the radio has proven to be a useful tool for providing a platform to individuals whose voices are isolated from the general public or for providing resources on important and suppressed subject matter.
Last March, Wendy Jason, the manager of the ➚Justice Arts Coalition website, organized a segment called ➚The Art of Moving On which brought together several people with varying relationships to art and the prison system. A few months later, Stacy sat down for a conversation with Emily Jacobson, the Correctional Services Supervising Librarian at the New York Public Library. Emily opened the first dedicated library space on Rikers Island in 2016 where she now runs circulating library services for women, transgender, and GNC people. She also manages the NYPL's Reference by Mail program which provides research through the mail for people in prison.
The work of people like Wendy and Emily is crucial and we hope these segments are the first of many on MPR to highlight their efforts and the voices of those they serve.
For further reading and listening about Emily's field of work, visit the following links, and listen to the segment ➚here:
➚Reference Services to Incarcerated People, Part I: Themes Emerging from Answering Reference Questions from Prisons and Jails
➚Reference Services to Incarcerated People, Part II: Sources and Learning Outcomes
➚Change-Makers: Librarians Bring Books and Answers to Rikers (WNYC)
Adrian Rew and Bob Nickas came in to play their collection of artists' records, which raised a question: What makes an artist record?
Bob seems to think if an artist made it, it's an artists' record. But what makes an artist, Bob?
Louise Lawler, Bird Calls, 1972/1981. / A Band (Paul McMahon and Nancy Radloff), Lowly Worm, 1979. / Carolee Schneemann, Look What the Cat Dragged In, 1988. / Destroy All Monsters, Mom and Dad's Pussy, circa 74-76 (sound collage by Mike Kelley). / Otis Houston Jr., Sugar Ray Get Out Of My Way, 2020. / Terry Allen, Truckload of Art, 1978. / B. Wurtz, Start Here, 2020. / Attersee und Ruhm, Schwarzer Peter, 1981. / The Cornichons, These Days, 2019. (Servane Mary, Jose Martos, John Miller, Aura Rosenberg, Dan Walworth) / Robert Barry, Otherwise (excerpt), 1981. / Andra Ursuta, Untitled (Anarchy in the U.K. performed in Arabic), 2018. / Terry Fox, Suono Interno (Internal Sound) excerpt, 1982. / donAteller, Dominator, 2003.
(Bonnie Camplin, Enrico David, Ed Laliq, Mark Leckey) / Tony McAulay, Collaborative Poem, 1986. / Lonnie Holley, Looking For All (All Rendered Truth), 2013. / Peter Gordon and Lawrence Weiner, Deutsche Angst, 1982. / 3 Teens Kill 4, 5/4, 1982. / Stefan Tcherepnin, Waco, 2019. / Rodney Graham, Champagne For Everyone, 2000. / UJ3RK5, Eisenhower and the Hippies, 1980. (Kitty Byrne, Rodney Graham, Colin Griffiths, Danice MacLeod, Frank Ramirez, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, David Wisdom) / Culturcide (Mark Flood), Let's Prance, 1986. / Martin Kippenbeger, Ja Ja Ja, Nee Nee Nee (Für Die Jugend), 1995.
Pt. 2 Tracklist:
1. Anton Bruhin - “Apocalypt EB-, sampling loop,” Jan 2000 (from ‘Deux Pipes,’ Alga Marghen, 2010). / 2. Jonathan Borofsky - “The Standard Chant Pt. 2,” 1983 (from ‘Audio By Visual Artists’ compilation, Tellus, 1988). / 3. John Armleder (performed by Christian Marclay) - “16 Great Turn-Ons,” 1988 (from ‘Audio By Visual Artists’ compilation, Tellus, 1988). / 4. Henning Christiansen - “Min Døde Hest Op. 55,” 1970 (from ‘Hesteofringen,’ Holidays Records, 2017). / 5. Jack Goldstein - “The Tornado,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 6. Jack Goldstein - “The Burning Forest,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 7. Jack Goldstein - “Two Wrestling Cats,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 8. Seth Price - “Flipin Tha Bird,” 2011 (from ‘Honesty,’ Audio Visual Arts, 2011). / 9. Martin Kippenberger - “Bang Bang,” 1984 (from ‘Die Rache Der Erinnerung,’ ZickZack, 1984). / 10. Y Pants (Barbara Ess, Verge Piersol, and Gail Vachon) - “The Code Of Life,” 1982 (from ‘Beat It Down,’ Neutral Records, 1982). / 11. Dan Graham - “Untitled,” 1981 (from ‘Just Another Asshole’ compilation, Just Another Asshole, 1981). / 12. The Stallion - “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2,” 2017 (from ‘The Dark Side Of The Wall,’ In The Red Recordings, 2017). / 13. Martin Creed - “Ooh, Fuck Off,” 2008 (from ‘Work No. 815,’ SmartGuy Records, 2008). / 14. Isa Genzken & Total Freedom - excerpt from “Fuck Them All,” 2016 (from ‘Fuck Them All,’ The Vinyl Factory, 2016). / 15. Wolfgang Tillmans - “Make It Up As You Go Along,” 2016 (from ‘2016 / 1986 EP,’ Fragile, 2016). / 16. Dennis Oppenheim - excerpt from “Theme For A Major Hit (Part 1),” 1974 (from ‘Theme For A Major Hit,’ Slowscan, 2016, originally released in 1975 on D’arc Press Inc). / 17. Hanne Darboven - excerpt from “Vierjahreszeiten 1981/82. Opus 7,” 1981/82 (from ‘Vierjahreszeiten 1981/82. Opus 7 “Der Mond Ist Aufgegangen”,’ self-released, 1982). / 18. John Giorno (with Alan Sarret, Ann Ware, Bryce marden, Henry Geldzahler, John Perreauly, Lee Crabtree, Michael McClanathan, Nina Thurman, Patti Oldenberg, Peter Schjeldahl, Robert Rauschenberg, Sarah Dalton, Todd Berrigan, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer) - excerpt from “Pornographic Poem,” 1967 (from ‘Raspberry / Pornographic Poem,’ The Intravenus Mind,1967). / 19. Pedro, Muriel & Esther (Vaginal Davis and Glen Meadmore) - “Anna-ee,” 1991 (from ‘PME/EP,’ Amoeba Records, 1991). / 20. Pedro, Muriel & Esther (Vaginal Davis and Glen Meadmore) - “Mushroom Head,” 1991 (from ‘PME/EP,’ Amoeba Records, 1991). / 21. Terry Fox - excerpt from “The Labyrinth Scored For The Purrs Of 11 Different Cats,” 1976 (from ‘Airwaves’ compilation, One Ten Records, 1977). / 22. Electrophilia (Steven Parino and Jutta Koether, featuring Lizzi Bougatsos) - excerpt from “Witch,” 2004 (from ‘Black Noise Practitioner,’ Skul, 2004). / 23. Hannah Wilke - “Stand Up,” 1982 (from ‘Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record),’ Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., 1982). / 24. Fanal (Kai Althoff) - “In Sie Hinein,” 2008 (from ‘Fanal II,’ Sonig, 2008). / 25. Jean Dubuffet - “Gai Savoir,” 1961 (from ‘Expériences Musicales 1961,’ Jeanne Dielman, 2016).
Last week, we had the honor of celebrating the life and work of our friend Lewis Warsh (1944-2020) as part of a day-long tribute co-organized with Ugly Ducking Presse that featured a combination of in-real-time readings of his work by friends and loved ones, and archival recordings of Lewis in his own voice from the past half-century of his life as a poet.
If you'd like to hear the conversation we had with Lewis last March, where we spoke about teaching, publishing, and community, you can find that ➚here. That segment begins and ends with additional readings by Lewis, who generously joined us on MPR and believed in the project right from the start. I imagine he made all of his students feel supported in this way—so it meant a lot to be able to participate in and help facilitate this broadcast. We were lucky to have known him.