Public Engagement

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

((audience)), The School of Media Studies and Parsons' Urban Design program present PARALEKTRONOIA, a two-day festival of radio which includes a lecture/presentation by German sound artist Felix Kubin; a conversation between Kubin and Albert Glinsky (author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage) with a response from art historian Branden Joseph; a sound walk; and a “screening” of selected radio plays by Kubin, Anna Friz and Gregory Whitehead.

PARALEKTRONOIA begins with an eponymous performative lecture by pioneering German electronic artist Felix Kubin. Musician and “compositional linguist” Chris Mann opens. A reception will follow.

The electro-paranoiac phenomenon has left its mark on the lives of numerous electronic pioneers. Russian-born Léon Theremin not only invented the theremin, but also invented an infamous bugging device for the KGB. And Joe Meek, an eccentric British music producer, locked himself, at times armed, in his studio in order to keep the origin of his sound effects secret. A “paralectronic” artist has a mental radio with hypersensitive antennas. - Felix Kubin

In order to track down instances of "paralektronoia", Kubin interviewed inventors and musicians who research the effects of invisible oscillations on the psyche using field recordings and radiophonic experiments. The work includes interviews with artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff on Electronic Voice Phenomena and with scientist Stefan Andriopoulos on media and occultism, as well as excerpts of conversations with musicians Alvin Lucier, Lionel Marchetti, Asmus Tietchens, Mika Vainio, and Dr. Hannes Maier, a physicist and neuro-otologist, among others.

View the activities that will take place on Day 2 of PARALEKTRONOIA on Saturday, December 6.

Felix Kubin is a composer, radio-playwright, curator and media artist based in Hamburg, Germany. In the 1990s, he formed the electroacoustic noise music group “Klangkrieg” with Tim Buhre. In 1998, Kubin started to produce futuristic pop music and launched the independent record label “Gagarin Records.” Over the past decade he has performed at eighty international music and media arts festivals including Sonar, Club Transmediale, Mutek, ISEA, Wien Modern and Ars Electronica. Since 2001, Kubin has been writing and producing radio plays for national radio stations WDR, BR, DR, SWF and Vienna’s ORF Kunstradio. In 2011, he won the Prix Phonurgia Nova with his radio play “Säugling, Duschkopf, Damenschritte.” He has also composed music for film and theatre productions, as well as for artists such as Christoph Schlingensief.

((audience)) is dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide distribution and new contexts for the presentation of works by emerging and established sound artists, musicians, and composers. We develop sustained relationships with the artists we present, supporting them through deep collaboration and continued support. We offer exposure to emerging artists and provide a venue for their work. We rely on co-operative partnerships with other institutions to present and enrich our programs.

((audience)) is a fiscally sponsored project of Harvestworks.

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Conferences and Symposia


General Public


Media and Technology


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Media Studies


Philosophy, Social Sciences, Storytelling and Communication, Music, Data, Mapping, and Information Design, Video, Audio, and Web-based media


Tickets $5 at the door. Free for New School Students with a valid ID.

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