WIRELESS art exhibition press release: CLICK TO ENLARGE!

KCSB 91.9 FM announces the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum’s presentation of Wireless, an exhibition featuring international artists exploring themes of radio transmission and communications; part of a year-long series of radio programs and public events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Santa Barbara’s only community radio station.  Founded during the 1961-62 school year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 50-year strong KCSB (the University of California’s first radio station) is a leader in non-commercial FM radio and the resurgent free-form programming format in the U.S.

Jim Toth, "Santos Speakers" (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE)

Wireless showcases artists in New York, Berlin, London, and Santa Barbara whose work is concerned with the conveyance of ideas, memories, and objects across distances long and short.  NY-based curator Elizabeth Lovero, formerly a KCSB DJ and CAF Assistant Curator, brings together diverse media, such as sculptural installations, painting, video, photography, and sound, by artists Francis Baudevin, Dove Bradshaw, Nathan Carter, Tyler Coburn, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Ellie Ga, Nicolas Lobo, Neighborhood Public Radio, Marko Peljhan (a UCSB Associate Professor) and Matthew Beiderman, Daniel Perlin, Roman Signer, and Jim Toth.  Wireless addresses issues in the radio world that champion individuality, mirror the spirit of decentralization and diversity in ownership and programming, explore community and low-power radio, and challenge corporate broadcasting formulas.

An interactive radio-art performance, “Picnic Revolution” by Neighborhood Public Radio, kicks off the proceedings in UCSB’s Storke Plaza just outside KCSB’s studio doors, on Friday, November 4th from noon-1pm. The next day, on Saturday, November 5th, between 5-8pm, KCSB DJs Caitlin Borzi, Sarah Doherty, and Rajlakshmi Purkayastha will present a “KCSB Pre-Reception Groove” at Paseo Nuevo’s Center Court, in conjunction with the Wireless Opening Reception from 630-8pm. The exhibition will then be on view Sunday, November 6th through Saturday, January 8th, 2012 (the latter two presentations are both at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum).

Neighborhood Public Radio "Park Park Revolution"

In addition, Jim Toth’s new sculptural speaker installation will carry the KCSB stream as well as a curated program of transmission artworks by the Wireless artists, and the UCSB MultiCultural Center will screen Magic Radio, a documentary film by Luc Peter and Stéphane Barbey about the democratic power of radio in Niger, on November 16th, 6pm at the MCC Theater. Admission to the exhibition and the above-listed associated events is free.

Wireless is part of an academic year celebrating KCSB’s “50 Years of People-Powered Radio,” which will include archival re-airings and other special broadcasts, events both on campus and out in the station’s larger broadcast area, and an alumni programmer reunion during the UCSB Alumni Association 6th Annual All-Gaucho Reunion weekend (April 27th-29th).

UCSB alumnus Elizabeth Lovero is a curator and writer currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College, New York, NY.

CAF’s Wireless exhibition is a collaboration between KCSB, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and the New Noise Music Foundation, which hosts the New Noise Digital Music Conference & Festival 2011 from November 3rd-5th.

Luc Peter, Stéphane Barbey, "Magic Radio"


Neighborhood Public Radio’s “Picnic Revolution” Interactive Radio Art Installation
November 4, 12noon-1pm

“Pre-Reception Groove”
Live KCSB DJs ( Caitlin Borzi, Sarah Doherty, and Rajlakshmi Purkayastha)
Center Court at Paseo Nuevo, SB
November 4, 5-8pm

November 5, 630 – 8pm

November 6, 2011– January 8, 2012

MAGIC RADIO Screening:
November 16, 6-730pm

Special Thanks to Our Hospitality Partner The Presidio Motel! Much love to the Contemporary Arts Forum & New Noise Music Foundation!

Podcast: “No Alibis” Interview with Wireless Curator Elizabeth Lovero (Wednesday, August 24, 2011)