ONELOVESONLYFORM/KPVRadio is a month long artist run radio project that explores the American West and the concept of space. Drawing inspiration from the writings of Charles Olson and Jean Baudrillard, KPV will be a platform for artists talks, poetry readings, interviews, and music.
For the month of March, Emily Gable and Brianna Toth will curate an artist-run radio station, and experiment with radio broadcast from various locations throughout the Bay Area. The month of programming will be curated around the concept of space. Particularly how it has evolved with current technology, and has become more psychological than physical. It is these virtual, expanding boundaries of space that we are interested in, as well as how people relate and interact with their understanding of space now. For this project, radio is used as an overarching metaphor since radio reaches so many without encompassing any physical space. We are also interested in the idea of space and how it relates to the American identity (e.g. radio is an American invention, the myth of America as a country is tied up in ideas of sublime space, etc). Furthermore, by using the metaphor of radio waves in this project we plan to draw on the DIY culture and lineage of subversion that is latent in the history of radio - especially in the Bay Area.
This concept of space also utilizes the work of poet, Charles Olson, and sociologist and cultural theorist, Jean Baudrillard, as a framework for the radio program. In Olson's essay, Call Me Ishmael, he discusses space as something specific to the American identity. Olson’s essay, Projective Verse, stresses the importance of breath over form, what he called “Composition by Field” and what Robert Creeley wrote, “Form is never more than an extension of content” these ideas, combined with Ezra Pound’s notion that, a poet should compose in the sequence of a musical phrase, highlight the idea of free verse and are the basis for Olson’s Maximus Poems, which employs all of these ideas. In America, Baudrillard claims that the existence of space as a separate form is uniquely American, and can be attributed to car culture, the vastness of the geographic landscape, and the planning of major urban centers.
Over the course of March, Gable and Toth it will broadcast readings of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems until it is read in completion. Additionally, music, talk programs, poetry readings, and the intentional use of dead air will punctuate the Olson readings. Accompanying the programming, will be a storefront installation which will host a series of artist talks, live musical performances, and musical programs by local artists and labels. All of the programming will be available to the public through an online archive. The storefront installation and artists talks will all be curated around the concept of space, but the music portion of the programming will be more free form, since we feel that the metaphor of radio is enough for the program to be cohesive.
More information here: onelovesonlyform.wordpress.com
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