[-empyre-] about turbulence
newradio at turbulence.org
Sun Oct 11 02:42:10 EST 2009
In answer to Greg and Anna's requests for information about the name
It was New York City 1995. A few of us -- myself and several
friends who agreed to help me -- were sitting around tossing out
names for the two websites we were in the process of
creating, the one for the New American Radio series (1986-1998) -- a
weekly series of half-hour artist-created works (we called it "radio
art") produced for the public radio system -- the other for a new
series of artistic works for the "new frontier" - the Web.
The one was a waning project: Public Radio, committed to becoming a
news network and bottom-line business, was no longer interested in
giving artistic work airtime. It's audience, although very faithful,
was simply not large enough.
The other was the beginning of something new -- something I hoped
might be an alternative to the top-down governance of the public radio
system, where artistic voices might be heard.
We gave New American Radio a location in this new world at
"somewhere.org" . The other -- a first of its kind, it turns out --
was to be turbulent -- trials, errors, experiments in
a new medium free from the top-down governance of broadcast systems.
Fortunately turbulence.org was an available name.
A parenthetical note: I was personally insulted, laughed at, suffered
some really painful stuff at the hands of people in the public system,
so there was a strong element of turbulence in me as I turned the
organization -- its name is New Radio and Performing Arts, by the way
-- away from it and toward a more hopeful future.
The question: what does it mean now? Turbulence is not a fist-shaking
site, but in relation to the art world, it is still a disturbance in
the system of how art work is made, exhibited and collected.
I hope this answers your questions.
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