|Turbulence is a project
of New Radio and Performing
Arts, Inc. (NRPA). Now celebrating 19 years, Turbulence has
commissioned over 230 works and exhibited and promoted artists'
work through its Artists Studios, Guest Curator, and Spotlight sections.
As networking technologies have developed wireless capabilities and become
mobile, Turbulence has remained at the forefront of the field by
commissioning, exhibiting, and archiving the new hybrid networked art forms
that have emerged. Turbulence works have been included in the Whitney
Museum of American Art's Biennial ('00, '02, '04), and its Bit Streams
and Data Dynamics exhibitions; Total Museum of Contemporary Art,
Korea; C-Theory, Cornell University; Ars Electronica, Austria;
International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, Montreal; European
Media Arts Festival, Germany; and the Sundance Film Festival,
Turbulence.org is in the process of being archived at the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. The project is discussed in Virtueel Platform Research: Archiving the Digital by Annet Dekker and Rachel Somers-Miles.
In July 2004, in partnership with Michelle Riel, then chair of Teledramatic Art and Technology at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), we launched the Networked_Performance blog to explore the shifting paradigms in performative cultural practice. Our goal is to take the pulse of current network-enabled performance practice, to obtain a wide range of perspectives on current issues and interests which we feel are underexamined and uncover common threads. With over 8,900 entries, and 3,000 visitors per day, the Networked_Performance blog reveals an explosion of creative experimental pursuits, as artists explore the migration of computing out of the desktop PC and into the physical world, and the continuing advances in the internet, wireless telecommunications, sensor technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Launched in April 2007, Networked_Music_Review (NMR) focuses on emerging networked musical and sound explorations made possible by computers, the Internet, and mobile technologies. NMR gathers data about projects, performances, composers, musicians, software and hardware. It includes interviews with artists, articles, papers and reviews. It provides up-to-date information on conferences, workshops, competitions, and festivals. Fifteen experimental works were commissioned for NMR in 2008.
In 2008, NRPA and its project partners created Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art); the goal was to develop and publish an online, trans-disciplinary book that would address recent artistic developments made possible by computers and mobile connectivity. Networked proposes that a history or critique of interactive and/or participatory art must itself be interactive and/or participatory; that the technologies used to create a work suggest new forms a "text" might take. We commissioned five chapters and published them online using Wiki/blog technology to enable the public to revise, update, debate and translate them. Additional chapters have been added since the project launched on August 1, 2009.
|More About New American Radio|
NAR was launched in 1987 as a 13-part pilot
edition with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting (PBS). It invited established and emerging artists from
diverse ethnic backgrounds and with widely varying interests to participate in
the radio production process: playwrights who might develop exciting radio equivalents
to "Black Cinema" and "New Asian Cinema"; young musicians
and audio artists whose work could engage with state-of-the-art sound technology
and speak to young audiences with deep roots in popular culture; avant-garde radio
artists from abroad who could offer different cultural sensibilities and bring
intellectual complexity to radio work; master storytellers whose narratives could
break open tired story formulas and speak with a contemporary voice; and performance
artists with a natural affinity to fuse voice, sound, and music.
|Networked Performance & Other Events|
NRPA continues to be involved in experimental sound projects, for instance, "interaXis," a web and real space sonic exploration held at Engine 27 (New York), the California Institute for the Arts (Los Angeles) and online at Turbulence. NRPA has hosted and archived over 20 multilocation performance events in which artists from across the country have collaborated to create real-time performances simultaneously for online audiences and audiences gathered in real performance spaces.
Throughout its 33-year history NRPA has made public presentations
of artistic work a significant part of its activity. For instance, it
co-curated the Whitney Museum of American Arts' 1992 series Performing
Bodies and Smart Machines with Jeanette Vuocolo and Toni Dove, organized
two series of net art presentations at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center,
Staten Island, NY (2001, 2002); co-organized and presented Floating
Points: Net Art Now (2004), Floating
Points 2: Networked Art in Public Spaces (2005), Floating
Points 3: Ubiquitous Computing (2006), OurFloatingPoints
4: Participatory Media (2007), Floating
Points 5: Mixed Realities (2008), Floating
Points 6: Games of Culture | Art of Games (2009) with Emerson
College, Boston; and organized and co-presented Programmable
Media: Open Platforms for Creativity and Collaboration (2007)
Media II: Networked Music (2008) at Pace University. We have also collaborated with Pace Digital Gallery on four exhibitions: Turbulence @ PaceDigitalGallery3 (2013), Turbulence @ PaceDigitalGallery2 (2011), David Crawford Restrospective (2010), and Turbulence @ PaceDigitalGallery (2009).
|NRPA STAFF [see bios]|
Helen Thorington, Co-Director: newradio at
turbulence dot org
York: 129 Tysen Street, Staten Island, NY, 10301 |
Massachusetts: 124 Bourne Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131
Email: turbulence at turbulence dot org