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…]

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…]

Interview: Song Dong
Sukey Bernard, 19 April 2011

Since his first experimental installation in the early 1990s, Beijing-based contemporary artist Song Dong has complicated the way the West conceives of avant-garde Chinese art. As subtle in strategy as it is radical in form, Song’s work seems to resist the glamour of political-pop protocol by coming back, time and again, to the private realms of family and tradition.  [read more…]

Ai Weiwei’s Artistic Conscience
Sukey Bernard, 11 April 2011

Our hearts and minds are heavy following news of Chinese artist and de-facto dissident Ai Weiwei’s arrest. We have long been inspired by Ai’s work here at The [Un]Observed, and leapt at the chance to feature Adrian Searle’s moving account of walking through Sunflower Seeds, Ai’s installation of millions of porcelain seeds currently in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, on our site. [read more…]

Thank you!
Tania Ketenjian, 25 March 2011

Thank you to everyone that came to the launch last night at David Pierce’s OHIO Studios! It was a smash hit. We listened to some amazing work, drank delicious wine, had a brilliant turnout, and even produced our very first [Un]Observed object: the Audio Blocky, a collaboration between OHIO and The [Un]Observed. [read more…]

Magnetic Memories
Maya de Paula Hanika, 7 March 2011

Pirate radio was an internationally influential punk-culture movement, and anti-establishment statement on the autonomy of communication. Pirate stations have been most prominent in the UK, where since the 60’s they’ve provided an essential platform for the development of underground music. [read more…]

Exercises in Style
Maya de Paula Hanika, 21 February 2011

We can’t stop listening to the Junior Aspirin Radio Session podcasts. The independant UK label has released experimental work from artists like Bob Parks, Sue Tompkins and Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, and have curated audio events at the Centre Pompidou and the ICA. They broadcast in a charmingly sporadic manner, so subscribe now and cross your fingers. [read more…]

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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.

News
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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