Venice Biennale Broadcast: Safina Radio Project

Posted by Ian on May 7, 2015 in news

I am participating in the opening of the 56th Venice Biennale from Hong Kong courtesy of the Safina Radio Project platform. My contribution to the project, No permanence is ours; we are a wave, is a series of conversations, music, and an occurrence with artist Fiona Hallinan and curator Oscar Ho connect Istanbul, Hong Kong […]

Doug Elliott performs at Brown University

Posted by Ian on Apr 13, 2012 in news

Please join us tonight (Friday, April 13th) at 5:30pm at List Art Center Auditorium, for an evening lecture by Doug Elliott, naturalist, herbalist, and nationally recognized storyteller. Mr Elliott will present “Rewilding, Weeds, and Woodlands Wisdom: Living off the land in a changing world,” on the occasion of the exhibition A Natural Order by Lucas Foglia, curated […]

ZIMOUN | a live performance at Brown Universirty

Posted by Ian on Feb 1, 2012 in news

On Saturday, 4 February 2012, world-renowned sound and installation artist Zimoun will give a special live performance at Brown University’s List Art Center as part of the exhibition Nostalgia Machines at the David Winton Bell Gallery. This event is co-produced by the David Winton Bell Gallery and Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments and is sponsored by swissnex Boston. […]

Panel discussant for Laurie Anderson’s “Delusion”

Posted by Ian on Oct 19, 2011 in news

This Sunday at 930am at the RISD Chace Center Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, I will be a guest panel discussant responding to Laurie Anderson’s performance of “Delusion” as part of Providence’s FirstWorks Festival. Join FirstWorks for a continental breakfast followed by an artist-up-close Q&A with Laurie Anderson herself. Share your questions and responses to Saturday […]

Sara Marcus speaks at Brown University

Posted by Ian on Apr 13, 2011 in news

This evening Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot GRRRL Revolution, spoke at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. Oganized by Betsey Biggs and myself, the event drew students from across both Brown and RISD as well as throughout Providence. Sara will be giving […]

The attack of 8-bit nostalgia

Posted by Ian on May 27, 2010 in blog | No Comments

As we’re well into the first year of the second decade of the 21st century, we’re putting some serious temporal distance between us and the nascent days of graphic user interface (GUI) culture. It’s not surprising then to witness the recursive loop of nostalgic reworking and temporal mashup of bits (all 8 of them) of […]

Industrial Musicals

Posted by Ian on Apr 8, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Industrial Musicals – quite simply an amazing (and surprisingly unknown genre of American musical history). Here are a few tastes for what all went on in the early later half of the 20th century in corporate entertainment… (the resonances with Speer’s theatrics, choreography and nation branding efforts are somewhat chilling) (also note that I really […]

Virtual voices: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Posted by Ian on Sep 13, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Maybe it all started with ‘Chocolate Rain‘, but there are now thousands of videos all over the net of people singing all manner of songs over their webcams. It was only a matter of time ’til video posting sites such as YouTube became bastions for self-produced, lofi music videos and mass-syndicated amateur singing, but amidst […]

The First DJ Battle in the World: Timofei Levchuk’s ‘In the Ukrainian Steppe’ (1952) Redubbed

Posted by Ian on Aug 16, 2009 in blog | No Comments

The impact that You Tube has had on contemporary culture has been widely discussed (e.g. here). It’s produced any number of average joe heroes and overnight celebrities. What also is produced are gems of remixed old media. Often giving new life to long forgotten music or film, the media archaeologists of You Tube dig up […]