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2017

Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland Published

Electronic literature. (2017)
My archival website
Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland is a work of electronic literature published by New Binary Press, Cork, Ireland. The work recalls the nearly 3,600 men, women, and children killed during the Troubles, a violent political conflict focused on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, late 1960s-early 2000s. The conflict was focused primarily in Northern Ireland, but spilled over into parts of the Republic of Ireland, England, and Europe. The work was inspired by my visit to Derry, Northern Ireland, in 2016, to participate in the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology. Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland is an iteration of Remembering the Dead which recalls victims of gun violence in America. Learn more.

Re-Imagined Radio Presents City of Weird

Media art. (2017)
My archival website
Five short, otherworldly radio plays, adapted by Cynthia J. McGean from the anthology City of Weird (published by Forest Avenue Press, Portland, OR, 2016) was performed by the Willamette Radio Workshop, Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at Kiggins Theatre. I produced this performance as part of my Re-Imagined Radio project, which re-creates live performances of classic radio dramas. Re-creating these ephemeral sound experiences encourages listeners to explore and experience a lost sound culture. Learn more.

Sound Art Included in Audiograft 2017

Sound art. Jury selected. (2017)
Event website
My archival website
Two short works of sound art, Flight Control and Another Cougar First Down were jury selected for exhibition during Audiograft 2017, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, 7-19 March 2017. Both works were part of the "Jukebox," which showcases short sound art works in an online, on demand context. Both works were previewed at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Oxford, England, Live Friday, 3 March 2017. Audiograft is an annual international festival of experimental music and sound, exhibitions, artists talks, and workshops, curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), of Oxford Brookes University.

Sound Installation Featured in Historical Museum Exhibition

Sound installation. Invited. (2017)
Event website
My archival website
My sound installation, A Mighty Span, will be included in the "Bridging the Gap: The History of the Interstate Bridge" exhibition, at the Clark County Historical Museum, 4 March-2 May 2017, Vancouver, Washington. The Historical Museum, first opened in 1917, the same year as the Interstate Bridge.

Sound Art To Be Exhibited During FILE 2017

Sound art. Jury selected. (2017)
Event website
My archival website
My sound art work, 11'22," was jury selected for exhibition during FILE 2017, the Electronic Language International Festival, July-August 2017, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 11'22" is a sound landscape / poem / art work created using audio samples from 2014 and 2015 conferences on electronic literature, language, and literacy. 11:22 traverses these genres of electronic sonority, suggesting comprehension through the act of listening. The work's title comes from its length, eleven minutes and twenty-two seconds.

Essay To Be Published in Digital Studies

Publication. Peer Reviewed. (2017)
Event website
My essay, "Radio Nouspace: Sound, Radio, Digital Humanities," will be published in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, spring 2017. This essay evolved from my presentation at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2015 Colloquium, held at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada, 9-13 June 2015. I describe my Radio Nouspace project as a site for creative Digital Humanities research, scholarship, and presentation. A particular endeavor is curation by re-creation of vintage radio dramas before live audiences in order to prompt listeners to consider the ability of sounds to convey appreciation, emotion, experience, information, and meaning(s).

Interviewed for Hipoglote Radio Program

Interview. Invited. (2017)
Event website
I was interviewed by Tiago Schwäbl with Nuno Miguel Neves for Schwäbl's program Hipoglote: Between the voice and the word, broadcast on Rádio Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. Both Schwäbl and Neves are doctoral students at the Universidade de Coimbra. We talked about and shared examples of spoken word poetry, experimental sounds, language hacking, and radio. The interview, nearly two hours in length, was aired in two parts, Part 1, as Episode 28 on 7 February and Part 2, as Episode 29 on 14 February 2017. Learn more at the Hipoglote Facebook page. Listen at the Mixcloud webpage.

Sound Installation Featured at Interstate Bridge Centennial Celebration

Sound installation. Invited. (2017)
Event website
My archival website
My sound installation, A Mighty Span, was featured at the Interstate Bridge 100th anniversary celebration, 11 February 2017, Jantzen Beach, Oregon. The Interstate Bridge was the first automobile bridge to connect Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Before, a ferry was the only way to cross the river. My sound installation imagined a radio broadcast from atop the bridge on its opening day, 14 February 1917, complete with speeches by local and state officials, thousands of people, two marching bands, and hundreds of automobiles. The invitation to create and exhibit A Mighty Span came from PDX Bridge Festival, Ten Partners, and the Oregon Historical Society.

Presentation at King's College London

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2017)
Conference website
I presented "Broadcasting the Barricades and Beaches: BBC Listeners and Producers Learn the Power of Radio" at BBC and the World News Service: Debts & Legacies conference, King's College, London, 2-4 February 2017. I examined the 1926 BBC radio program Broadcasting from the Barricades, perhaps the earliest radio hoax, and the question of whether a voice actor impersonated Winston Churchill's radio addresses to the nation during World War II as experiments with a medium little understood by either its producers or consumers. Both examples illustrate the power of rhetoric to coalesce and motivate a listening audience, and the ability of the radio medium to broadcast that rhetorical power over distance. This looking back provides insight and courage for looking forward as we measure the debts and legacies of BBC radio.

Presentation at INKE 2017

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2017)
Conference website
I presented "The Brautigan Library: Open Networked Social Scholarship?" at INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments), Victoria, Canada, 17 January 2017. This conference explores networked open social scholarship and creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of specialists and non-specialists in ways that are both accessible and significant. My presentation asked whether The Brautigan Library, a collection of unpublished analogue, non-academic manuscripts speaks to inclusive, participatory, and publicly-engaged digital scholarship.

Remembering the Dead Featured in The Columbian

Press coverage. (8 January 2017)
Publication website
My archival website
My multimedia art work, Remembering the Dead, was featured in The Columbian ("Enduring Remembrance." 8 January 2017, D6). Available online as WSUV Teacher Creates Cyberspace Memorial for Gun Violence Victims." (The Columbian 8 January 2017).

Sound Art Selected for Art In Dream Project

Sound art. Jury selected. (2017)
My archival website
My sound art work, Dream Cycle was one of thirty seven by artists from twenty four countries jury selected for the international Art In Dream project. Selected artists portray dream in different media. My work is an audio narrative representing dreams during the five stages of sleep and REM (Rapid Eye Movement). The purpose is to illustrate the potential for narrative embedded within dreams through an imaginary sonification of dreaming.

2016

Re-Imagined Radio Collects Food Donations

Community service. (2016)
My archival website
More than three hundred people attended a live re-creation of the radio drama A Radio Christmas Carol, 21 December 2016, at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Another five hundred eighty listeners in thirty two countries heard the live stream broadcast. As community service, food donations were requested. Seven hundred sixty three pounds of food and $325.00 in donations were collected for The Clark County Food Bank, providing 2,228 meals for hungry families in Clark County. The performance, by the Willamette Radio Workshop, was produced by John Barber as part of his Re-Imagined Radio project, which provides live performances of classic radio dramas. Re-creating these ephemeral sound experiences encourages listeners to explore and experience a lost sound culture. Learn more.

Remembering the Dead Exhibited in bleuOrange

Publication. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Publication website
My archival website
My multimedia art work, Remembering the Dead was exhibited as "Ses souvenir des mortes" in bleuOrange: Revue de Littérature Hypermédiatique 09 December 2016. Myriam Watthee-Delmotte, Brussels, Belgium, wrote, in her editorial, "La création hypermédiatique: des ritualités alternatives pour gérer les morts violentes," that the work evokes respect for those killed by gun violence, and that such work is necessary in our contemporary society. bleuOrange is an international journal, published in French, focused on hypermedia literature.

Remembering the Dead Exhibited in Hyperrhiz

Online exhibition. Juried. (2016)
Publication website
My archival website
Remembering the Dead was exhibited as a creative work in Hyperrhiz 15, Fall 2016. Hyperrhiz is an international peer-reviewed online journal specializing in new media criticism and electronic literature. This online exhibition comes days after the work was removed from Boomerang Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, by "The Committee," because it "was not Christmasy." See below.

Multimedia Artwork Removed by "The Committee"

Sound art. Invited. (2016)
My archival website
One day after being invited for exhibition at Boomerang, in downtown Vancouver, Washington, Remembering the Dead, was removed from its location on the first floor and placed under a basement staircase. The decision to remove the work was made by "The Committee," according to a Boomerang employee, because it "was not Christmasy."

Remembering the Dead is a multimedia artwork that memorializes victims of gun homicide in America by displaying and speaking their names. The work was invited for exhibition at Boomerang 17 November-30 December 2016.

"When invited to exhibit my work at Boomerang, I hoped it would promote community dialogue and engagement concerning ways to deal with the loss of approximately eighty human lives to gun violence every day in our nation," said John Barber, who created the work. "One of the individuals memorialized in this work was killed in downtown Vancouver, not far from Boomerang. The mass killing that prompted the work occurred in Roseburg, Oregon, close enough that we all should wonder, 'What if . . .' I am disappointed that art that makes one think, indeed, requires that one think, is hidden beneath the staircase."

The exhibition at Boomerang was to be the first local showing of Remembering the Dead, which debuted at an international festival in Derry, Northern Ireland, and was then invited for another international exhibition at the Paul Watkins Gallery, in Minnesota.

Essay Published in Scholarly and Research Communication

Essay. Peer reviewed (2016)
Publication website
My essay, "Re-Created Radio Dramas as Innovative Knowledge Environments" was published in Scholarly and Research Communication, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access online journal. This essay evolved from my presentation at the INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) conference, 19-20 January 2016, Whistler, BC, Canada. I suggest re-creation of vintage radio dramas as live performances promotes participatory knowledge environments in which to explore both the context of original production for these dramas as well as their continued ability to communicate complex narratives to listening audiences.

Sound Art Published in 1 Minute Autohypnosis Project

Sound art. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Project website
My archival website
"A Train Is Arriving/Departing" was collected on CD #38 of the "1 Minute Autohypnosis" project by international sound artist Pedro Bericat, Zaragoza, Spain. The CD, released in a small edition of only sixteen copies, includes sixteen works by sound artists from Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. Distributed as mail art to the artists, with a repurposed 45rpm record envelope serving as the envelope. Picture here. A sticker on the envelope front provides the artist's name and mailing address. Another sticker notes the title of his or her work included on the CD. The enclosed CD is backed by an unrelated plastic 45rpm record. A thermal printed index of the works included is folded around the CD. "A Train Is Arriving/Departing" is part of my Sonic Miniatures project. Learn more.

Presentation at International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Conference website
I presented "Sound and Electronic Literature: 'Under Language' and 'Narrative Archaeology'" at the International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality, Universität Bremen, Germany, 3-5 November 2016. I described recombining / reconceptualizing sound artifacts from pioneering works of electronic literature no longer readily available to readdress the originals more effectively than through description or transcription. The proposed techne promotes new opportunities and challenges for moving forward with our conceptions and practices regarding sound based electronic literature.

Sound Art at Exhibition Shapeshifting Texts

Sound art. International. Invited. (2016)
Exhibition website
My archival website
Tunnel To Another World was exhibited in Exhibition Shapeshifting Texts: An Exhibition of Electronic and Experimental Literature, Universität Bremen, Germany, 3-5 November 2016. The exhibition, curated by Daniela Cörtes Maduro, is part of the International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality. "Tunnel To Another World" is a sonic text, narrating a journey from one world to another, parallel world, and return.

Re-Imagined Radio Presents Dracula

Community service. (2016)
My archival website
Two hundred seventy people attended a live re-creation of the radio drama Dracula, 27 October 2016, at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. The performance, by the Willamette Radio Workshop, was produced by John Barber as part of his Re-Imagined Radio project, which seeks to demonstrate how vintage radio dramas like Dracula were originally produced. Re-creating these ephemeral sound experiences encourages listeners to explore and experience a lost sound culture. Learn more.

Sound Installation at You/I Exhibition

Sound art. International. Invited. (2016)
Installation website
My archival website
Remembering the Dead, a multimedia artwork that memorializes victims of gun homicide in America by displaying and speaking their names, was exhibited as part of You/I: User Interfaces & Reader Experience, Paul Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, 22 September-14 October 2016. Curated by Dene Grigar. Each of the nine works invited for this exhibition were selected to express the unique ways in which interfaces can impact reader experience and the relationship readers have with the stories told through them. Learn more.

New Website Launched

Website. (2016)
A new website, launched 12 July 2016, replaces the long-running "deconstructed" and "cyberspsace" versions of John Barber's website. The new website is fully responsive HTML5 based on a template by HTML5 UP and released under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Many aspects of the design and interactivity are customized.

Sound Art Installation at ISSTA

Sound art installation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Installation website
Archival website
Remembering the Dead, a multimedia artwork that memorializes victims of gun homicide in America by displaying and speaking their names, was exhibited at the international, peer-reviewed Irish Sound Science and Technology Association International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 7-9 September 2016. This sound art installation establishes a temporary autonomous zone, defined and expressed through sound, technology and culture, in which the nearly 3,600 individuals killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland are memorialized. In this temporary space, we seek permanence by honoring the victims, affirming their humanity, and assuring their memories will not fade from active memory. Learn more.

Presentation at DHSI Colloquium 2

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Published abstracts
"Sounds and Digital Humanities" presented at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, University of Victorica, Victoria, BC, Canada, 15 June 2016. I suggested that sound provides a modality of knowing and being in the world through listening. Sounds makes us re-think our relational experiences with others, with ourselves, and the spaces and places we inhabit. These relationships promote interesting opportunities for sound-based Digital Humanities scholarship and pedagogy.

Angles, Time, Perspectives

Sound art. 5'00" International. Juried. (2016)
My archival website
Part of Tomorrow, Today Will Be Yesterday, a sound art work curated by Rui Almedia, Portugal. Almedia's work was jury selected for the 2016 Electronic Literature Organization international conference and media arts festival, 10-12 June 2016, Victoria, BC, Canada. Learn more.

Presentation at ELO 2016

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
I presented, with Alcina Cortez, "Sound Art As Electronic Literary Artifacts: Objects of Shifting Imaginations, Self Construction, Spaces of Memory" at the Electronic Literature Organization 2016 international conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 10-12 June 2016. Alcina used my "Sound Diary" project as the basis for an empirical study of interpretative itineraries used by visitors to this curated collection of sound art works. The preliminary results, we thought, were valuable to theorists and artists of electronic literature seeking to engage readers with virtual, online, or curated installations of electronic literature.

Presentation at DHSI Colloquium 1

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed (2016)
Published abstracts
"Digital Storytelling for Digital Humanities" presented at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 8 June 2016. I suggested digital storytelling might be a useful tool for DH scholarship and pedagogy. As a collision / collusion between the ancient traditions of orality and the instant information access of mass communication systems, and with its broad range of practices, digital storytelling can be used to explore new ways of perceiving and interacting with stories in spaces that otherwise would be out of reach.

Essay Published in Cogent Arts & Humanities

Essay. Peer reviewed (2016)
Digital Storytelling: New Opportunities for Humanities Scholarship and Pedagogy published in the international, peer-reviewed, digital, open access journal Cogent Arts & Humanities, 6 May 2016. This essay outlines the promise and challenges of digital storytelling. The desired outcome is engaging storytelling experiences in support of Digital Humanities scholarship and pedagogy.

Graduation Stories

Sound art. 11'16" (2016)
An oral history produced during the 2016 Washington State University Vancouver graduation ceremony, 7 May 2016, Vancouver, WA. Listen to Graduation Stories.

Presentation at The British Library

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"Sound: A Literary Memory Media Art Experience" presented at Archival Uncertainties Conference, The British Library, London, England, 4 April 2016. This was part of panel presentation entitled "Challenges to Archiving and Documenting Born Digital Literature: What Scholars, Archivists, and Librarians Need to Know" with Dene Grigar and Kate Pullinger. In my presentation, I suggested that understanding the process of creating a radio drama, listeners are better positioned to appreciate the cultural, historical, and experiential contexts of the sounds to which they are listening. The result: increased opportunities for public outreach, sharing, and scholarship. I used my re-imagined radio project, where I re-create vintage radio dramas for live audiences, as an example.

Interviewed for techne_lab Podcast

Interview. Invited. (2016)
A conversation with Internet artist and writer Mark Amerika, alongside Boulder Creek, Boulder, Colorado, excerpted in EP4: Narrative Currents, the fourth edition of the techne_lab podcast, 31 March 2016. Amerika and I talk about sound-rich narratives. Led by Mark Amerika and PhD candidate Ryan Ruelhen, techne_lab works in conjunction with the doctoral program in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IWAP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The purpose is to create and collect experimental dialogues focused on practice-based research and archive them asphilosophical source materials for future forms of post-production art. Each podcast episode features voices of artist-educators affiliated with IWAP. Learn more.

Radio Art Broadcast

Radio art broadcast. Invited. (2016)
Tell Me A Story was broadcast during the Shadowtrash Astral Sleepover Party, a 48-hour continuous broadcast by KVCU 1190AM Radio, Boulder, Colorado, 22-24 March. The unconventional sonic expressions scheduled were designed to turn the radio station into, simultaneously, an instrument and an event.

Essay Published in Digital Humanities Quarterly

Essay. Peer reviewed. (2016)
Sound and Digital Humanities: Reflecting on a DHSI course published in Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10 March 2016. Sound and aural representation of information is an important new area for Digital Humanities. Interested scholars and researchers may not know how to proceed. This essay recounts the "Sound of and in Digital Humanities" course I taught at Digital Humanities Summer Institute in 2014, and how the outcomes furthered the research and practice of both participants and myself. The upshot of this applied focus is to offer insight into the role sound might play in the field of Digital Humanities.

Essay Accepted for Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Essay. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"Sound Curation by Re-creation: The War of the Worlds radio (re)broadcast, Martians with Mustaches," was accepted for publication in an upcoming special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac focusing on Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art. I describe my curation of historic radio dramas by re-creating them before live audiences. A case study of a re-created performance of the 1938 radio dramatization "The War of the Worlds" is at the center of the essay, surrounded by a theoretical framework and discussion. This essay concludes that curation by re-creation, beyond simply listening, provides a fuller, richer, more engaging experience with historic radio drama by communicating ideas about its creation and consumption through the medium of its exhibition.

Artist Talks Delivered

Artist talks. Invited. (2016)
"Experiential Qualities of Sound as Art, Practice, and Research Methodology," an artist talk about my sound art creative practice, presented for two classes of the Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices: digital art program within Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado-Boulder, 29 February 2016.

Sound Art Work Selected for Earlid Exhibition

Sound art. International. Peer reviewed (2016)
My archival website
We Can See Edith by Radio was selected for the second annual Liminal Sounds exhibition at Earlid, 4 February-4 May 2016. This work responds to the question, "What is the audible form—the sound—of the intermediary, and what does this entity (person, myth, animal) herald?"

Essay Accepted for Appareil

Essay. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"Radio Art: A (mass) Medium Becomes An (artistic) Medium" was accepted for publication in an upcoming special issue of Appareil, 29 February 2016. Responding to the theme of this special issue, "the art in the medium," this essay outlines the history and several examples of radio art to demonstrate the use of radio beyond its traditional role of commerce and/or control. Instead, using the affordances, infrastructure, and technologies of radio, radio art seeks to produce creative artifacts within the radio medium that both depend upon the medium for their creation, communication, and consumption and engage the listening audience with new artistic practices.

Radio Art Broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art broadcast. International. Juried. (2016)
My archival website
Water, Waves, Dreams broadcast on framework radio.net, 31 January-6 February 2016 as framework:afield #542 this week.

Presentation at INKE Conference

Presentation. International. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"Curation by Re-Creation: Innovative, New Knowledge Model for Classic Radio Drama" presented at the INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) conference, 19-20 January 2016, Whistler, BC, Canada. I described my "Re-Imagined Radio" project (a partnership with Kiggins Theatre and the Willamette Radio Workshop) as an innovative, new knowledge model for collaborative scholarly production that is both multimodal and participatory, a context for engagement with sounds continually curated by their re-creation.

Book Chapter in Press

Book chapter. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"EGC Literature and radioELO" accepted for publication in Contexts, Forms, and Practices of Electronic Literature (James O'Sullivan, Dene Grigar, and Sandy Baldwin, eds. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press. Forthcoming.). I suggest sound (environmental, mechanical, soundscapes, and human vocalization) can provide valid literary experiences and may be considered, like reading and writing, a central element in the digital narratives of electronic/generated/computational (EGC literature). More to the point: Rather than sound(s) in EGC literature, sound(s) might be heard as EGC literature; sound(s) might form the basis for new works of EGC literature that are deep, rich, engaging, and immersive literary experiences that locate the text not (solely?) in the acts of reading and writing, but also in the act of listening.

Essay Accepted for New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Essay. Peer reviewed. (2016)
"Future Radio and Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities" accepted for publication in New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a peer-reviewed, Open Access online journal. The special issue edited by Daniel Powell, and Aaron Mauro, will be published in summer 2016. I suggest Radio, historically, as a technology, culture, and ecology of practices, has been characterized by its one-producer-to-many-consumers model of content production and distribution. Little to no opportunity has been provided for listeners to answer back or contribute their own content to the broadcast stream. Future radio, with its content production and distribution digitized, may provide opportunities for listeners to participate as parallel broadcasters. To explore this potential, students and the author conceptualized and built a prototype for web-based radio that would foreground social collaboration and creation of sound-based content. These efforts led to consideration of a radio-social network where, through discussion about "social objects" (focal points, objects), knowledge could be created. This essay explores the potentialities of web-based radio's digital functionality and affordances, and how this form of future radio might be used as a site for social knowledge creation in the humanities.

2015

Presentations at Electronic Literature Organization Conference

Presentations. Peer reviewed. (2015)
I delivered two peer reviewed presentations at the Electronic Literature Organization 2015 Conference, Bergen, Norway, 5-7 August 2015. First was "Intermediality and Electronic Literature," a roundtable discussion with Caitlin Fisher, Samantha Gorman, Dene Grigar, and James O'Sullivan, exploring electronic literature as an intermedial practice, looking at the topic from a wide range of forms including literature, performance, sound, computation, visual art, and physical computing. My focus was sound as the basis for new forms of electronic literature. Second was "Live performance, voicescapes, and remixing the under language: sounds and voices at the end(s) of electronic literature," a panel with Roger Dean and Hazel Smith, presented three approaches, sound composition, digital manipulation of voice, and remixing of sound files from lost or difficult to access early works of electronic literature, in theory and practice, for the use of sound as the basis for new forms of electronic literature.

Sound art included in field recording workshop

Sound art. 23'00" Peer reviewed (2015)
My sound art work, Tunnel to Another World, was selected by international sound artist Toni Dimitrov for inclusion in his Nature Meets Technology soundscapes and field recordings workshop, Lazerpole, Macedonia, 27-28 June 2015. Tunnel to Another World is a sound art narrative of a dream where one walks to another world via a tunnel. Life passages, changes, fears, release, imagination, and overlay of aural images are all possible interpretations.

Radio Nouspace featured in unplace international virtual museum exhibition

Sound installation. Peer reviewed (2015)
Radio Nouspace was was one of three jury selected artistic projects for inclusion in Unplace Networked Art: Places-between-Places, Lisbon, Portugal, 19 June-19 November 2015. Curated by António Pinto Ribeiro and Rita Xavier Monteiro, with the collaboration of Helena Barranha, Susana S. Martins and Raquel Pereira, the exhibition is promoted by the Gulbenkian Next Future Programme and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The unplace virtual exhibition is an international project challenging the modes of creation and reception of works of art exhibited in virtual and networked exhibition spaces, a museum without a place, that is nowhere but everywhere. The art works included in this exhibition are examined as in permanent traffic that may appear in the middle of a flow of images, data, graphics, emails, retained or sticking filters, They are subject to accessibility or code protocols, and can be accessed in visual infrastructures or coupled to the real. This versatility puts networked art in a permanent state of mutability and hence is part of its fascination and its relevance.

The unplace exhibition brings together Internet and web-specific artworks in which the tensions between real and virtual spaces are highlighted through online practices ranging from geopoetics, fiction and hacktivism to participatory projects in networked environments. It includes works by Ahmed El Saher (Egypt), Ai Weiwei (China) and Olafur Eliasson (Denmark, Germany), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA), Art is Open Source (Italy), Clement Valla (France/USA), Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil), João Paulo Serafim - MIIAC (Portugal), JODI (Belgium/Netherlands), John Barber (USA), Paula Levine (Canada/USA), Thompson & Craighead (UK), Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba), Perry Bard (Canada), Sandra Gamarra (Peru/Spain) & Antoine-Henry Jonquères - LiMac (France/Spain), Hanna Husberg (Finland/Sweden) & Laura McLean (Australia/UK), S.A.R.L. group (Portugal).

Presentations at Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Presentations. Peer reviewed (2015)
I delivered two presentations during the Digital Humanities Summer Institute(DHSI), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 7-12 June 2015. The first, Digital Radio and Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities, part of the INKE mini-conference associated with DHSI 2015, argued that future radio, with its contents, transmission, and reception digitized, will promote social knowledge creation through collaborative production and listening experiences that are global in reach yet local in focus. The second presentation, "Radio Nouspace: Sound, Radio, Digital Humanities," placed sound as vocalization of abstract thought at the basis of literature, writing, speaking, and language. I argued that highlighting sound as the basis for narrative and storytelling that is participatory, interactive, and experiential is a worthy goal for digital humanities.

Essay published in The Honest Ulsterman

Publication. Peer reviewed (2015)
My peer reviewed essay Richard Brautigan and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away was published in The Honest Ulsterman, an internationally recognized literary journal based in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, June 2015. Mystery and mythology align beautifully in Brautigan's novel So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away, mixing fact, fiction, autobiography, and found art to highlight his consistent themes—alienation, loneliness, loss, and death—blurring the boundaries between long and short fiction and poetry more eloquently than in any of his previous writings.

Sound art included in multimedia art exhibition

Sound art. 55'00" (2015)
My archival website
My sound art, Ambient Pulsations, was jury selected for exhibition at Nouspace Gallery, 6 February-6 March 2015, Vancouver, WA, 6 February-6 March 2015. This work explores a universe of pulsating sounds, all without apparent physical sources or material attributes. The inability to visualize sound sources promotes an acousmatic listening experience focused on the act of hearing. As a result, we take interest in sounds for their own merits, refining our listening, thus becoming more aware of our listening variations and subjectivity.

Sound art exhibited in Macedonia

Sound art. 20'00" Peer reviewed (2015)
My archival website
My sound art narrative, The Stranger, was selected for exhibition at the Autonomous Cultural Center, Skopje, Macedonia, curated by Toni Dimitrov. The Stranger is a radio art narrative portraying nearby strangers as rich in their own worlds of experiences and thoughts, all unknown unless I listen to them speaking. Various works are sampled to produce the intended result: an overlay of multiple voices in overheard conversations.

Invited ETCL keynote presentation

Keynote presentation. Invited (2015)
I delivered an invited keynote presentation, "Practice-Based Archiving and Curating Digital Humanities: Three Case Studies," at the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 22 January 2015. My presentation discussed three Digital Humanities projects: The Brautigan Bibliography and Archive, The Brautigan Library, and Radio Nouspace. Each uses computational technologies, to provide an interface, point of convergence, a place, virtual in nature, but made believable by its resource offerings, where one can access simultaneously a body of work and a cultural context for its historical creation and contemporary consumption.

2014

Radio art broadcast, Echoes #4

Radio art. Jury selected (2014)
My archival website
My jury selected radio art, The Stranger, was broadcast on stress.FM as part of the Echoes project, an international radio art festival based in Lisbon, Portugal,7-8 March 2014. This work was part of Echoes #4: The stranger that is next to me curated by Nuno Torres.

Echoes is a transdisciplinary art project undertaken by the art collective Osso for the city of Lisbon, with a focus on thoughts, experiences, and interventions on the topics of listening and place. Echoes, which "aims to put together thoughts, experiences and interventions on the relationship between LISTENING and PLACE" was presented over four weekends every two months beginning in July 2013 and featured debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts. The common theme was how soundscape and aurality contribute to a sense of place. Echoes #3: What does the Internet sound like? was a collaboration between Echoes and Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Review. (2014)
My review of Memes in Digital Culture by Limor Shifman was published, February 2014.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Review. (2014)
My review of Interactive Audiovisual Objects by Nuno N. Correia was published, January 2014.

2013

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Review. (2013)
My review of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton was published, December 2013.

Radio art broadcast, Echoes #3

Radio art. (2013)
My archival website
My jury selected radio art, Internet Soundscape, was broadcast on stress.FM as part of the Echoes project, an international radio art festival based in Lisbon, Portugal, 30 November-1 December 2013. This work was part of Echoes #3: What does the Internet sound like? curated by Nuno Torres.

Echoes is a transdisciplinary art project undertaken by the art collective Osso for the city of Lisbon, with a focus on thoughts, experiences, and interventions on the topics of listening and place. Echoes, which "aims to put together thoughts, experiences and interventions on the relationship between LISTENING and PLACE" was presented over four weekends every two months beginning in July 2013 and featured debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts. The common theme was how soundscape and aurality contribute to a sense of place. Echoes #3: What does the Internet sound like? was a collaboration between Echoes and Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal.

Essay published in radioenegocios, Brazilian radio magazine

Publication. (2013)
My essay, "Internet radio and its future: A classroom experiment" was published as a special feature in radioenegocios (Issue 12, November 2013). The issue focused on the "What is Radio? Exploring the past, present, and future of radio" conference held in Portland, Oregon, 25-27 April (see below) where my students and I discussed our efforts to design and build a collaborative Internet radio context where users are both creators and consumers of the program stream. This article was invited by members of radioenegocios present at the conference. radioenegocios is an online journal focusing on the business and culture of radio based in Brazil and published in Portuguese.

What happens when stories meet mobile media?

Publication. (2013)
My peer reviewed essay, "Walking-Talking: Soundscapes, Flâneurs, and the Creation of Mobile Media Narratives," was published in The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Ed. Jason Farman. Routledge, 2013), 8 November 2013. This essay imagines a project called "Walking-Talking" that utilizes digital/mobile telephony to produce a sound narrative focused on a particular urban location. While there are previous examples of locative narrative using mobile telephony, Walking-Talking seeks an alternative approach by actively engaging participants in the production as well as the consumption of historical and personal narratives. In that regard, this chapter explores the concepts of soundscape, flâneur, and mobile telephony. The chapter defines and links each of these concepts to the theoretical exploration of hands-on design for narrative engagement with place and community. The mobile telephone becomes a portal between the flâneur/participant and the narratives of the sound environment through which he or she travels. The desired outcome is to provide those wanting to theorize, design, and undertake such a project a better understanding of narrative in a digital/mobile age and its utilization. The book was published in both hardcover and e-book versions. Learn more at the book's website

They're here: Martians with Moustaches

Course project. (2013)
My archival website
Students from my Digital Storytelling class presented their course projects in a show at Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, 30 October-30 November 2013. Entitled "Martians with Moustaches," the exhibition showcased their explorations of transmedia storytelling, with each project focused around the legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. Opening night events featured a live reenactment by the Willamette Radio Workshop of the original radio broadcast, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. Learn more at the project website and through this article in the local paper. Leading up to these events, I was interviewed on the Oregon Public Broadcasting program Think Out Loud.

Presentation at Electronic Literature Organization Conference

Presentation. (2013)
I delivered a peer reviewed presentation, "Internet radio and electronic literature: locating the text in aural narratives," at the Electronic Literature Organization 2013 international conference, "Chercher le texte: locating the text in electronic literature", in Paris, France, 24-27 September 2013, as part of the scientific and scholarly presentations strand. My presentation included a performance of my sound art piece "Where's Waldo? :: Where's the text?" Together, my talk and sound art (re)imagined the cultures of Internet radio and literature as closely connected, even overlapping, providing potential for engaging and immersive electronic literary experiences that locate the text in the art of listening. Read online or download as a .PDF file, also here

Radio art broadcast, Echoes #2

Radio art. (2013)
My archival website
My jury selected radio art, Paging Greg Lambert, was broadcast on stress.FM as part of the Echoes project, an international radio art festival based in Lisbon, Portugal, 20-23 September 2013. This work was part of Echoes #2: Intermission: Audio portraits of place—Mapping the space between A and B curated by United Kingdom conceptual artist Jennie Savage. Submissions were encouraged to create an audio map that connects sounds to place and then forges connections between places."

Echoes is a transdisciplinary art project undertaken by the art collective Osso for the city of Lisbon, with a focus on thoughts, experiences, and interventions on the topics of listening and place. Echoes, which "aims to put together thoughts, experiences and interventions on the relationship between LISTENING and PLACE" was presented over four weekends every two months beginning in July 2013 and featured debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts. The common theme was how soundscape and aurality contribute to a sense of place. Echoes #2: Intermission was a collaboration between Echoes and Savage for the Lisbon Architecture Treinnale and Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal.

Radio art broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art. 55'00" (2013)
My archival website
My radio art, Between Sleep and Dreams was broadcast on framework radio.net as "framework:afield #433", 8-15 September 2013. "Between Sleep and Dreams" imagines the enigma of waking, the narratives assimilated by ones (sub)conscious from sounds heard during liminal dreaming as an ongoing acousmatic collage, rising and falling like waves on the surface of perception, difficult to attain, difficult to escape.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds by Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pierce, and T. L. Taylor was published August 2013.

Radio art broadcast, Echoes #1

Publication. (2013)
Three examples of my radio art were jury selected for broadcast on stress.FM as part of the Echoes project, an international radio art festival based in Lisbon, Portugal, 13-14 July 2013. The works, all jury selected, were Ambient Pulsations, Contact, and Between Sleep and Dreams.

Ambient Pulsations (55:00) explores a universe of pulsating sounds, all without apparent physical sources or attributes of materiality. Contact (55:00) is a sound narrative focusing on the proclivity throughout human history to seek connection and communication with the spirit spectrum, parallel dimensions, or alien worlds beyond our own. Between Sleep and Dreams (55:00) imagines the place between waking and sleep, the time of troubled dreams, the place where dreaming melds seamlessly with other narratives.

Echoes is a transdisciplinary program undertaken by the art collective Osso for the city of Lisbon, with a focus on thoughts, experiences, and interventions on the topics of listening and place. The project is presented over four weekends every two months beginning in July 2013 when debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts will occur. These works were selected as part of the first weekend radio broadcast focusing on "topographies and geographies, and social and cultural narratives through poetic imagination, arising the possibility for a deeper commitment with the landscape, the architectural space and the community."

Article published in IDMA journal

Publication. (2013)
A peer reviewed article, "Teaching Mobile App Design + Development," written with Dene Grigar, Will Luers, Michael Rabby, Aaron May, and Brett Oppegaard, was published July 2013 in The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association Spring 2013 9(1): 48-63.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of In the Field: The Art of Field Recording edited by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle was published, July 2013.

Course Taught at Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Teaching. (2013)
Faculty of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) taught a week-long course, "Creating Digital Humanities Projects for the Mobile Environment," for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 6-10 June 2013. Faculty included myself, Dene Grigar, Brett Oppegaard, Will Luers, Nicholas Schiller, and Brenda Grell. My role was the module on "Usability and Interface Design for Mobile Devices." The course goals were to help participants: 1) conceptualize the space and special features of mobile devices; 2) develop the architecture, design, and multimedia content production for a mobile project; and 3) understand the coding and programming requirements for mobile devices. Participants learned how to create projects for the mobile environment and completed steps toward the development of their own projects.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electronic Age by Thomas MacFarlane was published, June 2013.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of The Fairies Return: Or, New Tales for Old by Peter Davies was published, May 2013.

Radio art featured in Fogo Island radio arts festival

Radio art. (2013)
My archival website
A prototype of my sound+radio art work, Between Sleep and Dreams, was broadcast as part of the Cough+Sniff Radio Arts Festival, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, 6-7 April 2013. The broadcast was powered by two small transmitters located on the island, both programmed with selected content from international and local contributors.

Presentation at "What Is Radio?" conference

Presentation. (2013)
Program here
I presented my peer reviewed presentation, "Internet Radio: Radio after the future," at the What is Radio? Exploring the past, present, and future of radio conference, hosted by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 25-27 April 2013. I suggested that future radio, with its transmission, contents, and reception digitized, will be available through a variety of mobile devices anywhere an Internet connection is established. Given the interactivity afforded by this context, future radio may encourage its participants/listeners to interrupt/influence/customize the program stream, converse/collaborate with each other, thus making future radio a many-to-many, non-linear, experience. In short, future radio may be mobile, non-linear, shared, social, collaborative—an audio network providing global reach even while its focus remains local. With a seemingly endless palate of programming opportunities I focused on two that seemed especially interesting for research and practice associated with the new nature of Internet radio: radio drama and radio art. In this context, radio of the future, I argued, may focus on collecting, collating, connecting, contextualizing, and curating fulfilling experiences between participants and content(s). Students from my DTC 338 Internet Radio Theories and Practice course, joined me, and to be honest, it was their comments and presentations of their work that won the day at the conference. Read online or download as a .PDF file

Essay published in Harlot

Publication. (2013)
My peer reviewed essay, Audiobiography: A sonic memoir of the 1960s, was published in Issue #9: Sonic Rhetorics of Harlot: A revealing look at the arts of persuasion, an interactive digital magazine dedicated to exploring rhetoric in everyday life, April 2013. The essays included numerous sound files, which were, in reality, the subject of the essay: rhetoric that shaped my life during the 1960s. The text explained my reactions.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel by Paul Scheerbart was published, April 2013.

Tech 101 workshop delivered

Teaching / service. (2013)
I delivered a workshop, "QR Codes: Connecting the Local to Online Media," as part of the #nextchapter initiative, Vancouver, WA, 9 March 2013. Theme: In Chapter 2 of his book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for the Digital Age, Douglas Rushkoff says, ". . . digital media are biased away from the local, and toward dislocation" (43) and ". . .the net is better at creating simulations and approximations of human interaction from great distance than it is at fostering interactions between people in the same place" (44). This workshop suggested that QR (Quick Response) codes can be used to mitigate this bias of digital media. Examples were provided and participants were taught multiple ways to make and utilize QR codes to promote local interaction between their businesses and/or creative endeavors and interested local people.

#nextchapter is Vancouver, Washington's community-wide reading and conversation program designed to stimulate innovation and opportunities through deeper understanding of the most compelling cultural trends of the emerging digital economy. This year the focus is on Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for the Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff (OR Press, New York, 2010). Eight workshops and two public lectures (delivered by Rushkoff) provide the public opportunities to learn how to manage and control common apps and tools of the digital medium. Workshops are taught by faculty of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at Washington State University Vancouver.

The community read concept began with an idea among CMDC faculty to promote a focused "program read" in all our courses. Only 148 pages, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age would not, we thought, be daunting for first-year students, nor faculty who already have a full plate. And, its message of careful analysis and evaluation seems to speak directly to the underlying "think, learn, build" philosophical and pedagogical structures of the CMDC program.

Rushkoff posits ten biases of digital technologies, each stemming from the tendency to promote one set of behaviors over another. He devotes a chapter to each bias, and discusses how to turn these liabilities into opportunities, suggesting how to balance each bias with the needs of real people using that technology to live and work in both physical and virtual spaces, sometimes simultaneously.

Rushkoff argues that we need to understand how digital technologies are programmed, and for what purposes. In short, learn to program our digital technologies or be programmed by them. "[Digital technologies] are not just objects, but systems embedded with purpose. They act with intention, If we don't now how they work, we won't even know what they want. The less involved and aware we are of the way our technologies are programmed and program themselves, the more narrow our choices will become; the less we will be able to envision alternatives to the pathways described by our programs; and the more our lives and experiences will be dictated by their biases. On the other hand, the more humans become involved in their design, the more humanely inspired these tools will end up behaving" (142-143).

We planned for one or more chapters from this book to be incorporated into each of our classes. Projects or workshops would be developed around the ideas the book explores, and the semester would conclude with a visit and lecture by Rushkoff. We believed this an excellent opportunity to connect our courses and provide some thought-provoking ideas to the campus community. Little did we know the idea would go viral and grow to include the entire city!

I reviewed this book in the March 2012 issue of Leonardo Reviews. Read it here.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of Waves by Fredric Raichlen was published, February 2013.

Radio art broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art. 55'00" (2013)
My archival website
My radio art production, Ambient Pulsations was broadcast on framework radio.net as "framework:afield #405", 28 January-3 February 2013. Ambient Pulsations explores a universe of pulsating sounds, all without apparent physical sources or attributes of materiality. This inability to visualize sound sources promotes an acousmatic listening experience focused on the act of hearing. As a result, we take interest in sounds for their own merits, refining our listening through repeated listening, thus becoming more aware of our listening variations and subjectivity.

(inter)National Unpublished Writers' Day

Community service. (2013)
National Unpublished Writers' Day (NUWD) was celebrated today, 27 January 2013, with ten "creation stations" spread throughout the galleries of the Clark County Historical Museum. Each station was staffed by a volunteer, someone interested enough in some aspect of writing to spend five hours sitting at a table willing to talk with anyone about their interest. One hundred people attended the event, keeping each creation station busy throughout the event.

This year we were joined by The Brautigan Book Club (based in the United Kingdom) who produced and contributed a zine and an audio compilation, both featuring members responding to Brautigan's works. As a result, the event has become (inter)National Unpublished Writers' Day.

It is quite an undertaking to develop the momentum, wrangle volunteers, solicit support, interest the press, and coordinate the event. Some asked me today, "Why do it? What's the purpose? What's the payback?" Easy answers are that NUWD celebrates the legacy of Washington-born author Richard Brautigan, whose 1971 novel, The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 inspired The Brautigan Library, an interactive exhibit of over 300 manuscripts from writers around the world on permanent display at the Museum. Brautigan felt that individual voice, and world vision, expressed through writing was important and he envisioned a mechanism for such voices to be preserved.

I also answered that NUWD celebrates Brautigan's vision by encouraging participants to write and record their thoughts, feelings, memories, and ideas regardless of topic or quality of writing. The traditional publication route is not available for this type of writing, but then again, it is not needed. Unpublished writers participating in NUWD do not need a publisher. They need only the assurance that their voice is valuable, and perhaps some tips and techniques on how to make it more effective.

But today, I was struck with the idea that what NUWD, and the library it signifies, is really about is the collection and preservation of knowledge. Each manuscript we encourage someone to write, and then later collect in The Brautigan Library, adds to the body of knowledge available for the future. Each manuscript is an individual time capsule, waiting to be opened, its contents spilled out under the gaze of a reader. Sure, the topics may seem silly, and the writing doggerel, but each represents a personal vision of accumulated wisdom that has no other outlet, anywhere, any way. A library should have a vision and a policy for collecting such wisdom, and then making it available for others. That's the focus of National Unpublished Writers' Day, not to get someone published, but to encourage them to share their wisdom. This happened throughout the day around the various creation stations and it was exciting to be part of the experience.

The Brautigan Library: online narratives

Scholarship. (16 January 2013)
The Brautigan Library seeks to provide an online home for unpublished manuscripts of authors keen to share their narratives. Digitization of these manuscripts promotes many opportunities for sharing, and trouble. I am thinking that if we do not edit or moderate the content of submitted manuscripts, we are not liable. Rather than control over publishing, I can let users/patrons promote good content. Bad content will be pushed to the background. Engaged readers will decide the focus of the content. Other thoughts and questions . . .
Delivery mechanisms come and go; they tend not to go away. But, what are the devices for access?
What trends and audience behavior are the best predictors of the future?
A shift away from delivery mechanisms and toward different mechanisms of telling a story promotes us to think about how we might use multimedia—images, video, sound—in order to tell stories in different media, or in different ways
What decisions do we make with regard to stories that entertain, solve problems, present information, teach a process, persuade a point of view, or argue a point?
In the end, don't be stupid. Don't do anything to bring disrepute to yourself or organization.

See the book Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (Jane Singer, et. al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2013)
My review of Missions for Thoughtful Gamers by Andrew Cutting was published, January 2013.

2012

Appearance in Harper's magazine

Interview. (2012)
I was interviewed in June for this article, "Man Underwater: The Democratic Fiction of Richard Brautigan," which appeared in the December 2012 issue of Harper's magazine (pages 76-80). Although not unkind, the article is not particularly friendly toward The Brautigan Library. I am quoted a few times.

Radio art broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art. (2012)
My archival website
My radio art, Tell Me A Story about Meditation, was broadcast on framework radio.net as "framework:afield #389" 23-30 September 2012.

Tell Me A Story about Meditation revisits two earlier works, Tell Me A Story and Meditation and utilizes sampling, found and/or environmental sound artifacts, field recordings, phonography, soundscapes, and acousmatic compositions to create a remixed narrative of the moment, especially as that moment might involve thoughtful (meditative?) listening.

Framework radio.net is consecrated to phonography, the field recording of sonic sources and their use in compositions. A new edition of framework:afield, produced and curated by international sound artists, airs every other week, alternating with regular broadcasts. The research and creative question behind the juried programming of framework radio asks, "Is field recording a style or genre, or rather an uncontrollable and undefinable tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and idea?" Works produced in response to this question are the answer, the definition, not vice versa.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies edited by Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld was published, September 2012.

Radio art broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art. 23'16" (2012)
My archival website
Portions of my radio art, Meditation was broadcast on framework radio as part of "framework #386", a compilation featuring work by multiple international sound artists, 4 September 2012.

Meditation is a narrative about the diversity of mediation, especially as it might be practiced through thoughtful listening.

Framework radio.net is consecrated to phonography, the field recording of sonic sources and their use in compositions. A new edition of framework airs every other week, alternating with framework:afield, produced and curated by international sound artists. The research and creative question behind the juried programming of framework radio asks, "Is field recording a style or genre, or rather an uncontrollable and undefinable tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and idea?" Works produced in response to this question are the answer, the definition, not vice versa.

Reviews published in Leonardo Reviews

Publications. (2012)
My review of Computing: A Concise History by Paul Ceruzzi was published, along with my review of The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga by Jimmy Maher, 3 August 2012.

Reviews republished in Leonardo Reviews eBook

Publications. (2012)
Seven reviews previously published in Leonardo Reviews were collected and republished in a Kindle eBook version of Leonardo Reviews Quarterly 2.01 by MIT Press (ASIN B008JG7DAM), 24 July 2012. The eBook project is a collaboration between Leonardo, The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and the MIT Press. The collaboration strives to provide critical content through a series of scholarly publications focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output, and innovation. The reviews are
"Television as Digital Media" by James Bennett and Niki Strange (eds.)
"How to Do Things with Videogames" by Ian Bogost
"Gaming Matters: Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium" by Judd Ethan Ruggil and Ken S. McAllister
"Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commandments for a Digital Age" by Douglas Rushkoff
"Talk to Me: Design and Communication between People and Objects" by Paola Antonelli
"Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life" by Brandon LaBelle
"Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves" by Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki (eds.)

These reviews stem from my work as a member of the reviews panel for Leonardo Reviews, an international panel of scholars and professionals invited from a wide range of disciplines to review books, exhibitions, DVDs, CDs, websites, and conferences for the purpose of engaging with the emergent debates and manifestations that are the consequences of the convergence of the arts, science, and technology. Information about this publication at the Amazon website

Radio art broadcast on Framework Radio

Radio art. 55'00" (2012)
My archival website
My radio art, Contact, was broadcast on framework radio.net as framework:afield #381. 1-8 July 2012.

Contact focuses on the proclivity throughout human history to seek connection and communication with the spirit spectrum, parallel dimensions, or alien worlds beyond our own universe. Radio waves, with their ability to traverse the ether of atmosphere and space may be one medium that can make such connection. Using acousmatic compositions, phonography, field recordings, and sampling, "Contact" imagines such a radio broadcast and what might be heard.

Framework radio.net is consecrated to phonography, the field recording of sonic sources and their use in compositions. A new edition of framework:afield, produced and curated by international sound artists, airs every other week, alternating with regular broadcasts. The research and creative question behind the juried programming of framework radio asks, "Is field recording a style or genre, or rather an uncontrollable and undefinable tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and idea?" Works produced in response to this question are the answer, the definition, not vice versa.

Radio art broadcast at RadiaLx 2012 International Radio Art Festival

Radio art. (2012)
My archival website
My radio art, Tell Me A Story, was jury selected for broadcast during the 2012 RadiaLx International Radio Art Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, 27-30 June 2012, along with work by other international radio artists and producers.

Sound art installation at Electronic Literature Organization media art show

Sound art. 9'04" (2012)
My sound art, Sounds of My Life :: A Sixties Radio Narrative, was jury selected for inclusion in an exhibition themed "Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints" in conjunction with The Electronic Literature Organization international conference, 13-23 June 2012.

The Sounds of My Life :: A Sixties Radio Narrative installation consists of a 1960s portable radio outfitted with an Arduino sound player and a looping MP3 recording, and seeks to provide a personal narrative of the politics, civil rights, space exploration, counterculture movement, and popular culture during "The Sixties," a time of intense social, political, and cultural change. Rather than an authoritative narrator's vision, this work is constructed from recordings of the persons or events depicted, edited to focus attention on the liminal moment. It combines oral history, field recordings, soundscapes, found sounds, appropriation, cut ups, sound effects, and historical recordings. Aural elements simulate the passage of years or changing radio stations / chapters in the overall narrative. Not a typical radio documentary, nor a narrated history, the result is instead a narrative that remixes the medium of its original telling, empowering listeners to combine the sounds heard with their personal lived experience to create a meaningful experience.

During its installation at the exhibit, the work sought to provide listeners / participants a chronological acousmatic context in which to consider the literary relevance of historical, political, rhetorical, and cultural experiences seemingly, at first glance, far removed from traditionally accepted aspects / definition(s) of literature, but, upon closer examination / listening / reading, quite evocative of a multivalent, emerging electronic literature.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of Radio: Essays in Bad Reception by John Mowitt was published, June 2012.

Course at Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Teaching. (2012)
Faculty of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) taught a week-long course, "Creating Digital Humanities Projects for the Mobile Environment," for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, this week. Faculty included myself, Dene Grigar, Brett Oppegaard, Will Luers, Nicholas Schiller, and Aaron May. My role was the module on "Usability and Interface Design for Mobile Devices."

This invitation resulted from the success of the Mobile Tech Research Initiative Summer 2011, offered by The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. This 12-week-long series of courses and workshops resulted in students building a functional iPhone app for Dick Hannah Dealerships, in Vancouver.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage was published, May 2012.

Sound art installation included in month-long exhibition

Sound art. (2012)
My archival website
My sound art, Sounds of My Life :: A Sixties Radio Narrative was jury selected for an exhibition entitled Loud & Clear: Sound & Image at North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver, WA, 6-28 April 2012. More than 600 people attended the event, making it the largest ever opening at the gallery. The month-long show, conceived and curated by students from The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) features electronic music, sound art, and digital visual art.

The idea for the show was conceived in January, during the return trip from The Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Seattle. Two students, Setareh Alizadeh and Nicole Buckner, said they wanted to curate an art show for students in the CMDC program. Both had worked as docents for the electronic literature exhibit the CMDC program hosted at the MLA convention and wanted more experience. So, they developed a focus on digital sound and video art produced as part of the experimental music and sound art class scheduled for the spring semester. They made all the arrangements for use of the North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver for a month-long show. They developed the call for submissions. They solicited the peer review jury and volunteers to work as docents during the month. They developed and launched a website and social media promotional events. And they distributed press releases to the traditional regional media outlets. They started alone, but inspired a number of other students to join them along the way. Their success will be evident over the next month.

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History by Kara Reilly was published, June 2012

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff was published, March 2012.

Four reviews published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
Leonardo Reviews published four of my reviews, February 2012.
Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life by Brandon LaBelle
Gaming Matters: Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium by Judd Ethan Ruggill and Ken S. McAllister
How to Do Things with Video Games by Ian Bogost
Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Ojbects by Paola Antonelli

LaBelle, an artist and writer working with sound and locational identities, argues that sound provides a significant model for thinking about and experiencing the contemporary condition. In particular, LaBelle is interested in the ways in which sound disintegrates and reconfigures space through a political process, turning them into acoustic territories. To analyze such territories, LaBelle focuses on five everyday spaces: the urban underground subway; home interiors, suburbs, prisons, and gated communities; urban sidewalks and streets; shopping malls and airports; and the sky, filled with television and radio transmissions, both commercial and pirate. In examining each space, LaBelle foregrounds sound as an anxious and restless transfiguration that "might identify a means for occupying and exploring the multiple perspectives of the present" (xxvi). In the end, the dynamic quality of auditory knowledge works to create shared spaces that belong to no single public yet still impart the feeling of intimacy, says LaBelle. Sound then is a network that "teaches us to belong, to find place, as well as how not to belong, to drift. . . . based on empathy and divergence, allowing for careful understanding and deep involvement in the present while connecting to the dynamics of mediation, displacement, and virtuality" (xvii).

Review published in Leonardo Reviews

Publication. (2012)
My review of Television as Digital Media, James Bennett and Niki Strange, editors, was published, January 2012.

Interviewed for Allan Frost Library

Interview. (2012)
An interview with Allen Frost, a librarian at Western Washington University was published 16 January 2012 in his blog as "Speaking of Richard Brautigan". Allen contacted me regarding my work with Brautigan.NET.

2011

Two presentations at IDMA

Presentations. (2011)
I delivered two peer reviewed presentations at the International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) conference, 13-15 October 2011. The first "Mobile App Design" was a panel with my colleagues Dene Grigar, Brett Oppegaard, Will Luers, Michael Rabby, and Aaron May. We shared information about curriculum design, class projects and activities, classroom organization, business partnerships, emerging perspectives of app aesthetics, technical requirements, teaching resources, and best practices for teaching and learning app design and development harvested from the Mobile Tech Research Initiative Summer 2011, part of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. Panel handout.

The second presentation, "Thoughts Toward Situation-Centered Mobile App Design," was an individual presentation focusing on small-screen, situation-centered user experience, succinct content, functionality, and medium affordances, trying to add to a developing body of knowledge regarding mobile app user experience.

The IDMAA conference, with its theme "Design, Innovation & Story: An Odyssey of Confluence," was held at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.