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TuftsPUBLIC: Wavefarm-in-Residence

August 29 – December 16, 2018
Remis Sculpture Court / Medford Campus
Library, Weems Atrium / SMFA at Tufts

TuftsPUBLIC is a new gallery program of temporary public art throughout indoor and outdoor campus locations. The 2018-2019 academic year will feature the transmissions art organization, Wavefarm, in residence. Founders Galen Joseph Hunter and Tom Roe will install two sound projects pulled from their 15 year-old Wave Farm Artist Residency Program, which brought artists from across the globe to develop sonic installations on the 29-acre transmission art park in upstate New York. Their time on campus will also be punctuated by special performances, talks, workshops, and the installation of a short-wave radio station at the SMFA at Tufts.

In Medford, Wavefarm presents Heidi Neilson's Go GOES Radiotelescope, a portable station for receiving images and weather information from NOAA geostationary spacecraft in the Aidekman Art Center's Remis Sculpture Court and in nearby outdoor sites.

At SMFA at Tufts, Wavefarm will pilot an SMFA radio station in the Art Library annex alongside an installation of Jeff Thompson's Every Radio Station, which makes the FM spectrum physical — 95 hand-built FM radios, one for each slot in the FM band, form a 30-foot (9.15-meter) line. All of the radios play simultaneously, letting visitors hear the entire spectrum at once, or walk closely along the line to hear stations individually.

About Wavefarm:
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. Their programs – Transmission Arts, WGXC-FM, and Media Arts Grants – provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.