Riot Radio Ballad

November 17 – 22, 2009


A series of programs that explore the illusory and futurist aspects of spoken word, audio and radio material. The artists, musicians and performers of Riot Radio Ballad seek to consider—through sound, spoken word and action—violent effusive struggle; the wireless imagination of the futurists; iconoclastic expression and the sonic architecture of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.  All privilege the ear over the eye, from words whispered in instruction or played out through radio waves.

November 17–22, 6pm and 7pm
How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away
James Hoff

James Hoff's How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away presents an audio landscape comprised of various historic  riots, from the concert hall and music venue to the sounds of modern warfare. Presented in surround sound, the work relentlessly envelops the audience as the tumultuous panorama of over layered riots travel around the gallery.  Sound design and production by James Hoff and Mike Skinner, special thanks to Arup Acoustics.

November 21, 12pm
Not for Sale: Noise Panel
Tony Conrad, Branden W. Joseph, George Lewis, and Arto Lindsay

Designed to accompany the two day Mike Kelley-curated music festival, A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality (November 20 – 21), the Not For Sale: Noise Panel at Artists Space includes artist and musician Tony Conrad; Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University and author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate, Branden W. Joseph; composer, musician, and author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: A History of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, George Lewis; and Performa-commissioned artist, musician, and experimental composer Arto Lindsay.
Moderated by Mark Beasley.

For more information on A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality, please visit:

November 21, 2pm
A Ballad of Accounting 2009: Composition for Cello and Brooklyn Queens Expressway
Alex Waterman and Elizabeth Wendelbo

A musical performance by Alex Waterman with a 16-millimeter film by Elizabeth Wendelbo.

November 22, 12pm
Performa Radio
Nick Relph, Karin Schneider, and Mattin

Performa Radio takes the shape of two newly commissioned works and one previously existing work. New commissions are presented at Artists Space by artist Nick Relph, experimental filmmaker and writer Karin Schneider, and artist Mattin. Broadcast by AIR, Art International Radio at

Presented by Performa & Artists Space; co-curated by Mark Beasley and Anthony Huberman.

James Hoff
Performance still of How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, 2010.
Photo copyright Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.