New Book Documents Transmission Art

Posted on July 24, 2011


Free103point9, a New York based arts group, recently published a book that offers a “genealogy” of transmission art.

Transmission Art is a relatively new genre that uses some form of the electromagnetic spectrum in preparing or presenting works of art.

A news release issued by free103point9 lists the following examples of transmission art: “Futurism, Hörspiel and radio theatre, post-war electronic music and composition, Fluxus and Happenings, early video collective projects, and telecommunications art.”

The book “Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves” by free103point9 executive director Galen Joseph-Hunter and co-authored with Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki features information on 150 artists and 255 images spanning from 1921 to the present transmission art scene.

The October 2008 issue of Monitoring Times Magazine featured my profile of three artistic works by free103point9 artists.

Originally founded as a mobile microcasting collective in Brooklyn, New York, free103point9 celebrated 10 years as an arts organization in 2007. In 2002 they made the shift from collective to non-profit organization and through a variety of programs continue to support individuals and groups whose work involves some form of transmission.

Free103point9 operates WGXC 90.7-FM, a low power fm radio station in upstate New York and runs a variety of hands-on programs for people interested in the art and science of radio transmission. Free103point9 believe strongly in peoples right to access the airwaves for personal, artistic and community use.

“Communications technology and activism working together to ensure public and artistic access to the transmission spectrum provide the foundation from which the transmission art genre emerges,” the books release says.

Authors and artists were on hand July 23 at The Spotty Dog Bookstore, Hudson, NY, to celebrate the release of this book and will also be at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY, on October 18, 2011.

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