Maya de Paula Hanika, 9 November 2011

Throughout her career, Björk has successfully ridden the treacherous wave between mainstream popularity and pure avant-garde. Her latest project premiered at the Manchester International Festival this year and just last month went on general release. [read more…]

Standing at the beginning of a career in the arts is like looking through a telescope, into space. The stuff out there is real, tangible—you know this intellectually—but it’s so far away, physically and experientially, that it might as well sit on the other side of a television screen. [read more…]

Films by Artists
Tania Ketenjian, 7 September 2011

A few years ago, I saw the amazing film, Hunger, by Steve McQueen. McQueen, who had won a The Turner Prize in 1999, had an ability to create images like paintings. Some shots from Hunger and the emotional residue it left behind stays with me today. [read more…]

Experimental Ethnography: Susan Hiller
Rebecca Close, 2 September 2011

‘I can speak my language…I am a fluent speaker…do you speak your language?’

So reads one of several subtitles played across black screens, as part of US-born, London based artist Susan Hiller’s 2007 artwork The Last Silent Movie. [read more…]

We’re Back!
Maya de Paula Hanika, 22 August 2011

Dear Faithful Listeners,

We’ve missed you! But you’ll be glad to know our time apart was not spent in vain. The [Un]Observed’s two month turn about the UK has pulled up trumps.We’ve a new issue, our eighth, with an emphasis on sound art with a little retro thrown in: Featuring works from Jennie C. Jones, Stephen Vitiello and Thomas Lopez, aka the infamous Meatball Fulton. [read more…]

Double Take
Maya de Paula Hanika, 6 June 2011

Evidently, the way that we interact with and curate art is changing; advances in the tech-world have allowed new forms of engagement between audience and creator, social media has augmented our communities, and the internet’s proliferation of collaborative opportunities continues. Revisiting examples from my last post, Hackney Podcast and the New York Neo-Futurists (innovative theater and radio producers from London and New York) are progressing their practice with GPS technology. [read more…]

Digital Apocalypse: Who Will Survive the Rapture?
Maya de Paula Hanika, 24 May 2011

I’m at Houston and Second Ave, standing in the freezing mist and subway burps of what should be a fresh Spring day in Manhattan. The scene before me is not unfamiliar: traffic rushes downtown, diner lights blink invitingly as wafts of donuts, falafel, and knish puff from under doorways. Thirty or so people stand around shuffling their feet, each staring into their smartphones with the avid infatuation of a lover. [read more…]

The Garden Wins an Award
Tania Ketenjian, 16 May 2011

We’re very excited that a feature from this edition of The [Un]Observed, The Garden by Third Ear’s Tim Hinman, has won the prestigious Grand Prix Marulic International Radio Documentary Competition on Saturday in Croatia. [read more…]

Go for it!
Tania Ketenjian, 5 May 2011

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is back, inviting all audio and non-audio folks out there to compete for their 11th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition! Many of the works that have won this award have represented new and dynamic ways of creating sound and telling stories. [read more…]

Our Blog

Welcome to The [Un]Observed blog. We’re excited that you’re here. Within these pages you will discover the minds behind The [Un]Observed: what we find interesting, what we love, and what we are skeptical of. You’ll find interviews with people who engage with all kinds of sound in genre-bending ways, reviews of new audio work, and in-depth looks at issues raised by pieces on our main site. Above all, this is a space to explore sound—in all its elemental, sociological, and artistic manifestations.

7 September 2011
Issue 09

After some creative strategy brainstorming over here at HQ we have decided to take a new direction with our next issue.

Issue 09 will be the first in a continuing series of themed issues of The [Un]Observed. With this focus we aim to challenge our curatorial style, to continue to forefront the work of a growing number of artists and producers, whilst allowing The [Un]Observed to realize itself more fully as a publication.

The first issue takes the theme of Borders. We are already over the moon about the works we have lined up and can’t wait to share them with you.

7 September 2011
The [Un]Observed: Live

After the success of our last event at OHIO in March, we’re going for round two.

We’re hoping to add a performance element to the lineup, showcasing the talents of some amazing local artists, in addition to our selections from the magazine.

We are committed to maintaining our goal of clearing a space for creative thinkers and audiophiles to meet and mingle and listen. Stay tuned for details.

5 May 2011
Get Your Audio On (with food)

Francesca Panetta was in town and to celebrate, we decided we would have an audiofile party, a chance for people who love sound to geek out for the evening over delicious food. So a little over a week ago, we got together, at tart made by Philip, and talked shop with Andrew Roth, Ben Furstenberg, Aaron Ximm, Roman Mars, Amy Standen and Jeremiah Moore. We realized how fun it was and hope to have more audio parties in the future…

5 May 2011
We’re going Terrestrial…Again!

In less than two weeks, The [Un]Observed will have its debut on WGXC in New York, the radio station for the brilliant Free103point9 which presents some of the best transmission arts around. We’ll be launching our show with new work from the upcoming edition. On deck will also be the remarkable Gregory Whitehead who has been an inspiration for many on how to make great audio. Stay tuned on May 14th for The [Un]Observed on WGXC.


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