Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents Broadcast Yourself, a symposium that will contrast traditional media with the “YouTube” Generation :: April 1, 2009; 6:30 pm :: Lecture Hall 213, 144 West 14th Street, NYC.
Broadcast Yourself will address the issues of power and control extended by traditional media outlets in contrast with the do-it-yourself attitude pervasive in the tech-savvy younger generation. Symposium panelists will also speak to the impact that radio and television can have in shaping the events of our time; how artists can directly engage, challenge, or subvert the structure and authority of broadcast media; and how our culture is shaped by the actions of individuals and artists.
Speakers will include NPR “On The Media” host Brooke Gladstone, Broadcast curator Irene Hofmann, and Broadcast participating artists Gregory Green, Angel Nevarez and Valarie Tevere of neuroTransmitter, and Siebren Versteeg.
The symposium will accompany Broadcast, a traveling exhibition co-organized by the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, and iCI (Independent Curators International), New York; circulated by iCI; and guest-curated by Irene Hofmann. The exhibition comes to Pratt Manhattan Gallery from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with support from the iCI Exhibition Partners.
The exhibition is on view now through May 2, 2009 and features work by Dara Birnbaum; Chris Burden; Gregory Green; Doug Hall, Chip Lord, and Jody Procter; Christian Jankowski; Inigo Manglano-Ovalle; Antoni Muntadas; neuroTransmitter; Nam June Paik; TVTV (Top Value Television); and Siebren Versteeg.
Overseas Press Club and Peabody award-winner Brooke Gladstone started out in print journalism, writing on defense policy, strip-mining, broadcasting, and cable television. Gladstone joined National Public Radio (NPR) in 1987, working on “Weekend Edition” and “All Things Considered” before covering NPR’s media beat. She helped re-launch the WNYC-produced NPR radio program “On The Media” in 2001, where she serves as host and managing editor.
Guest-curator Irene Hofmann is Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Recent exhibitions include “Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone” and “St. Cecilia,” a solo exhibition of works by Joseph Grigely. Hofmann previously served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Orange County Museum of Art, where she co-curated the 2002 and 2004 California Biennials and the photography and video exhibition “Girls’ Night Out.” She has organized exhibitions and projects with artists such as Kutlug Ataman, Mark Dion, Jason Dodge, Fabrice Gygi, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Marjetica Potrc.
Brooklyn native Gregory Green has created controversial work addressing the evolution of various strategies for empowerment, which consider the use of violent and non-violent measures as vehicles for social or political change. Green is perhaps best known for his sculptures that are mechanically complete and potentially functional bombs or missiles, or that provide instruction on how to make large quantities of LSD.
Angel Nevarez and Valarie Tevere, who co-founded neuroTransmitter in 2001, fuse a combination of media forms and sound performance; their work re-articulates radio in multiple environments and contexts—public, exhibition, over the airwaves—and considers new possibilities for the broadcast spectrum as public space.
Siebren Versteeg creates computer-driven video installations that situate the viewer in paradoxical realms where the real and the virtual seem to interconnect. At once humorous and unsettling, his works feed real-time online data culled from CNN, The Associated Press, and internet diaries into video animations with digitally produced sound.
Image above: Gregory Green, M.I.T.A.R.B.U. (Mobile internet, television, and radio broadcast unit), Mixed media with 35-watt pirate FM broadcast system, 100-watt pirate television broadcast system, and internet broadcast system, 2000.