Radio as Creative Medium
Chicago-based sound artist Brett Ian Balogh will guide you through the history of radio and its use as a creative medium. He will also cover the recent Do-It-Yourself movement and micropower radio broadcasting. During the lecture, you will also listen to the audio created by the Broadcast Yourself: Do-It-Yourself FM Radio Transmitter Workshop participants.
Brett Ian Balogh is an artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces in order to re-imagine our environment. His current practice employs computer simulations, cartography, projections, sound, radio and digital fabrication technologies to create cinematic, contemplative audio/visual spaces. Central to his practice is the idea of modeling. Models represent a liminal space between object and image, atom and bit, landscape and map, and sound and signal. The various methods by which models are created,manipulated, translated and transmitted can produce unique cross-overs between the real and intangible, and create windows through which other possible worlds can be seen.
Recent projects such as 'Noospherium' visualize fm commercial broadcast space as passing clouds of light and sound, liberating the broadcasts from their geographical, spatial and temporal confines; 'Invisible Cities' imagines an urban landscape revealed by the energy of radio broadcasts flocking in the sky above, exposing the transparency of our built environment in the light of communications networks; 'A Noospheric Atlas of the United States' maps spatial data from the FCC of radio broadcast service areas, rendering our country not as its familiar surveyed boundaries, but as spheres of influence, marketing areas and listener bases. These and other projects aim to re-mix elements of our daily existence and their relationships into a thought-provoking, sensory environment.
Tool making is also an important aspect of his artistic practice. Brett has designed and produced the Tinderbox, a computer-controlled fm transmitter built upon the Arduino, an open-source physical computing platform, aimed at lowering the technological boundaries between artists and the genre of transmission arts. The purpose is to make radio more easily incorporated into contemporary media practices.
Brett is currently working on a new audio/visual environment that appropriates architectural fragments in the form of CAD files from architecture students and animates them in an other-worldly physical space, continually exploring possible arrangements of the built environment that are in opposition to the actualities of our current urban geometries.