On Friday Nov. 4th, from 12 noon-1pm, KCSB-FM presents Neighborhood Public Radio, an independent artist-run radio project, leading the “Picnic Revolution,” an occupation of the FM dial by UCSB students and other community members. 

Neighborhood Public Radio

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This interactive radio-art installation — produced with contributions from Free Karate of Albuquerque, New Mexico — will take place in Storke Plaza just outside KCSB’s studios, at the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. “Picnic Revolution” kicks off a slate of activities connected to Wireless, an art exhibition presented by the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) that features international artists exploring themes of radio transmission and communication.

“Picnic Revolution” will use looping broadcast streams and analog synthesizers to generate a live sound composition that will be broadcast on a low-power FM frequency. Battery-operated radios (some will be provided at the event) will be amplification for a quadrophonic mix of sound swirling around the square.  Participants will join in in real time and add their voice (or other sounds) to the mix by calling an 800-number from their cell phone. This hands-on art event will also shed light on the various components that go into producing community media. “Picnic Revolution” is free and open to the public.

“The message of Neighborhood Public Radio’s ‘Picnic Revolution,'” says Wireless curator Elizabeth Lovero of the aptly-named NPR, “is that we need to ‘Occupy the Airwaves.’ The influence of money on the public airwaves is a microcosm for the larger issues being exposed by #OccupyWallStreet. Just as a people-powered movement has emerged from the heart of New York’s financial district, grassroots media organizations like NPR and KCSB-FM are fighting for a new age of community access and free expression.”

KCSB’s General Manager Eric Wolff (a fourth-year Sociology major at UCSB) says, “We invite our community to join us during their lunch hour in Storke Plaza, from 12-1pm, and to bring a picnic, their portable phone, and a radio too. We need our attendees to add their own voice to this participatory, community art project. Our mission, like NPR’s, is this: Make Your Own Media! KCSB is excited to join forces with these radio activists to create a fun and educational event. Come early to grab a good spot!”

CAF’s “Picnic Revolution” is part of a year-long series of radio programs and public events marking the Golden Anniversary of Santa Barbara’s only community radio station. CAF’s exhibition Wireless is a collaboration between KCSB 91.9 FM, New Noise Music Foundation, and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum on the occasion of KCSB’s “Fifty Years of People Powered Radio” and the New Noise Digital Music Conference & Festival 2011 (visit kcsb.org, sbcaf.org or newnoisesb.com for more information).

IN YOUR CAR – Neighborhood Public Radio from MOCA on Vimeo.

About Neighborhood Public Radio: “NPR” is committed to providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members. NPR has been named “Best Super Local Radio Station” by San Francisco magazine and featured in Punk Planet, Artforum, and the Chicago Reader. As a traveling band of guerilla broadcasters, NPR has hosted thematic events at Artist’s Television Access in San Francisco, Chicago’s Version 5 Festival, and a collaboration with kuda.org in Novi Sad, Serbia (made possible by a grant from CEC Artslink). NPR participated in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art and also appeared at the ISEA/ZeroOne in San Jose, California.  A Creative Work Fund Grant supported NPR’s collaborative series Radio Cartography (projects that included Monthly Broadcasts, State of Mind Stations, Talking Homes, and Alternate Soundtrack Audio Tours) at the Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco.  Neighborhood Public Radio has also produced community-based, experimental radio works at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, Lui Velazquez space in Tijuana, and the ATC series at UC Berkeley. Free Karate is a group of students from NPR collaborator Lee Montgomery’s class at University of New Mexico on Web based collaboration.

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