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.
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.