In Focus : Pete Eckert
Tania Ketenjian, 22 February 2011

How do you see when you are blind? This short piece follows Eckert through his daily activities while he discusses his work, disability and love of making.
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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…]

Going Underground
Maya de Paula Hanika, 21 February 2011

The London-based architectural photographer Alan Williams has been featured in Blueprint, The Observer, and Architecture Today, and has been commissioned by the V&A Museum, the Royal College, and Docklands Light Railway. His work focuses on viewpoints of the city that are difficult to access: exclusive vistas, hidden vaults, and underground passageways. Williams’ images transport us forcefully into worlds we’d never think to look, or can only dream of accessing.

Sound Wins Turner
Tania Ketenjian, 21 February 2011

For the first time ever, the Turner Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for a contemporary artist, has been awarded to a work produced in sound. The artist is sculptor/sound artist Susan Phillipsz, and her piece, Lowlands, was chosen by the 2010 Tate Modern panel from four semi-finalists, including the film artists Otolith Group and painter Angela de la Cruz. Lowlands presents three versions of a folk song, Lowlands Away, that tells the story of a man who returns to tell his lover of his death after drowning at sea. [read more…]

My Best Shot
Philip Wood, 20 February 2011

Harold Chapman is featured as part of the Guardian’s series of video pieces on photographers and their images entitled “My Best Shot.” This image of Allen Ginsberg and his partner Peter Orlovsky was taken in Paris, right after Ginsberg won his obscenity trial in the U.S.

The “My Best Shot” archive has several candid and revealing interviews with photographers and photo journalists telling the story of how they got their shot. Photographer Marcus Bleasdale‘s candor and humbleness are quite moving.

Bill Fontana
Philip Wood, 17 February 2011

Had to share this beautiful image of Bill Fontana’s piece Speeds of Time, a musical deconstruction of the mechanism and bells of Big Ben in London’s Houses of Parliament. Fontana’s personal site,  Resoundings, deserves a long look, as does his artist’s page at the impressively slick webhome of Haunch of Venison. Listen to Fontana speak with our own Tania Ketenjian about the very literal inner workings of SFMOMA here.

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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.

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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