11-19 “Three Journeys Through Radia: Journey nº1”, featuring recent (and otherwise unreleased) work by the Tape-beatles, will air December 16 on Kunstradio, Vienna. Kunstradio broadcasts “every Sunday on Ö1 & RÖI (shortwave) from 11:05 pm to 11:45 pm (CEST); and online.” See: kunstradio.at or oe1.orf.at. (Thanks, Etienne and Knut!)
09-18 Festival of Appropriation. Jon Nelson writes that the video that we made for the Minneapolis Summit VideoCD will be screened at a Festival event at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) on November 29; also to be screened that evening will be Coleman Miller's “Uso Justo.” The Festival of Appropriation runs through the month of November.
08-22 We mentioned earlier the existence of new Tape-beatle works, assembled for the Radia network. We have now been informed that the audio is now available to the general public, via web streaming. So, if you’re interested and have a moment, give it a listen. (Thanks, Knut!)
06-18 Another summer visitor, Steev Hise bounded into to Prague on the train from Berlin to take in the sights and give a presentation of his work as a videographer and activist at Galerie Školská 28. He showed some of his detritus.net related work, and then went on to screen significant parts of his new documentary “On The Edge: The Femicide in Ciudad Juarez”.
05-31 We were pleased to welcome Negativland’s Mark Hosler to Prague, come here after completing Negativland gigs in Vienna and Berlin. Hosler found the time not only for a few days of Prague tourism; but also managed to fit in a presentation about Negativland and his work at the Experimental Space NoD here in Prague.
05-13 This seems to be a month of interviews, because Jon Nelson of Some Assembly Required writes that he has just posted an interview with Ralph Johnson, speaking on behalf of Public Works, to his web site. Here’s a direct link to the mp3.
05-07 Kurt Weller, who blogs at Plaza of the Mind, recently conducted an e-mail interview with Lloyd Dunn, who obligingly strains his carpal tunnels in coming up with convincing rejoinders to the various queries posed. Among other things, Dunn reveals that the Tape-beatles are burning midday oil working on a commission from Czech Radio to be broadcast later in the summer on the Radio Vltava channel. Watch this page for further announcements as the project progresses.
01-14 Chris Reynolds writes: “My name is Chris, and I’m a big fan of you guys. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve just finished posting “The Grand Delusion” on YouTube. The clips came from the .mov files that you guys had posted on detritus.net a few years ago, so the quality is actually quite good. Here’s my YouTube channel.”
01-08 From Jon Nelson’s blog: “I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to post about The Tape-beatles. The obvious choice would have been to wait until we run the episode featuring my phone interview with Lloyd Dunn and John Heck (the two remaining members of the group, pictured), but since we’ve discontinued our use of the podcast as an archive for older episodes, it’s anyone’s guess as to when we’d get around to it, as I’ll only go back to archiving episodes here once I’ve stopped producing new ones. I hope that will be a long time from now, so I’ve decided to go ahead with it now. The first new artist feature of 2007.”
Heck Visits Prague-Kbely; Finds Monument to Radio’s Past
Obscure Anniversaries Celebrated, to Boot
John Heck writes:
are documents from the evening of 18 May 2007 on the
anniversary of the 1st radio broadcast in what was the Czechoslovakia,
during the years of the 1st Republic, a mere 5 years after the country
officially became a nation with Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk as its
president. The observance was a quiet ceremony attended only by myself,
and like many urban field recordings, the only sound you hear are car
tires rolling indifferently along with the mad sputtering of exhaust
which only slightly masks the infernal clatter of the internal
combustion engine. The brick wall structure is a modernist gesture that
ideally marks the foundation where the radio tower once stood. The
star-like form, an asterisk in the soil for which this article serves
as the footnote, can be seen in the Google Earth
Old Tape-beatles work with New débuts on Radia Network
What’s Done is Done; There is No Going Back
The Tape-beatles (pictured above) took time out from their zany
alt-life-“style” schedules to take in an exhibition at the
Gallery of the Library of the
City of Prague called “Gross Domestic Product.” The show
turned out to be an opportunity for a group of young Czech artists to
vent spleen about the increasing materialism of Czech culture, creeping
globalization, and things of that ilk; and, for all of that, was
generally an enjoyable experience. Many of the works on display were cut
of the same cloth; a bolt patterned on the typical young artist
temper-tantrum (of which we ourselves have been lavishly guilty): i.e.,
something like the “I’m-so-cool
I-want-to-be–noticed” rubric, typified by the
exhibition’s promotional image of a turd in a yellow gift box.
The narrative loops around backwards now, to earlier in the year, when
Train made a visit to Prague, and took the opportunity then to offer
the Tape-beatles a half-hour program slot on the Radia network. We went to work and
assembled an entertaining stream of audio snippets from the
Tape-beatles’ recent past — and near future, for sprinkled
among the unreleased older works are a collection of completely new
works by Dunn and Heck. The program will receive its début airing
in mid-July; and shortly thereafter, we will make it available for
download from this site.
to the right place
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Tape-beatles and Public Works, you’ve come to the
right place. Alas, an ambitious effort to re-design the site, begun
with every good intention early in 2004, has fizzled amid an array
of other lifely obligations. Our resolve to blast your eyes with new
visual glory was further sapped by several months of unresolved
server issues, leaving the site hopelessly throttled for many users.
Happily, it now it seems to be working normally. (Thanks, Steev!)
Nonetheless, please rest assured that there is still reason to visit
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