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Santos Speakers, 2008-11 Wood, Paint, Found Speaker Parts © Jim Toth
Curated by: Elizabeth Lovero

653 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
November 6th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Opening: November 5th, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

santa barbara
Tue.-Sat. 11-5 Sun. noon-5
mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual


Pre-Reception Groove: November 5, 5-8 pm, Paseo Nuevo’s Center Court, KCSB DJs Caitlin Borzi, Sarah O’Doherty, and Rajlakshmi Purkayastha will spin an eclectic mix

In honor of community radio station KCSB’s 50th anniversary, CAF presents Wireless, an exhibition featuring an international roster of artists exploring themes of radio transmission and communications. KCSB is a leader in non-commercial FM radio and the resurgent free-form format in the U.S. KCSB 91.9 FM is run by the Associated Students of the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. Wireless at CAF showcases artists residing in New York, Berlin, London, and Santa Barbara whose work is similarly concerned with the conveyance of ideas, memories, and objects across distances long and short. Former KCSB DJ and CAF Assistant Curator, NY-based curator Elizabeth Lovero brings together diverse mediums, such as sculptural installations, painting, video, photography, and sound. Wireless addresses pertinent issues in the radio community by showing works that champion individuality, mirror the spirit of decentralization and diversity in ownership and programming, explore community and low-power radio stations, and challenge the corporate broadcasting formulas.

In addition, Jim Toth’s new sculptural speaker installation will carry a 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 film about the democratic power of radio in Niger, on November 16, 6 pm at the MCC Theatre. Admission to exhibition and the above listed associated events is free.

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

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 50th anniversary and the New Noise Digital Music Conference & Festival 2011. Visit,, and for more information.

Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY, Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; KCSB 91.9 FM, Santa Barbara, CA; New Noise Music Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA; Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; UCSB MultiCultural Center, Santa Barbara, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.