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Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

((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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 / 12-6pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Free admission


12pm - 2pm: SOUND WALK

Visitors to the symposium and members of the New School community are invited to open up their ears to the sounds of Greenwich Village with a brief sound walk.


A sound walk is any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are. A sound walk can be done alone or with a friend (in the latter case the listening experience is more intense and can be a lot of fun when one person wears a blindfold and is led by the other). It can also be done in small groups, in which case it is always interesting to explore the interplay between group listening and individual listening by alternating between walking at a distance from or right in the middle of the group. A sound walk can furthermore cover a wide area or it can just centre around one particular place. No matter what form a soundwalk takes, its focus is to rediscover and reactivate our sense of hearing.

- Hildegard Westerkamp


((audience)) curator, Alexis Bhagat, will lead one larger group on a meandering sound walk around the Village departing at 12:15pm to the Hudson River and back to the New School.  Volunteers will lead groups of 4 people to Washington Square Park for blindfolded sound walks, departing until 1:30pm.


2pm – 3:30pm: ((AUDIENCE)) SCREENING

((audience)) presents a screening of stereo radio plays by seminal radio artists Gregory Whitehead, Felix Kubin, and Anna Friz. This screening will include Gregory Whitehead’s Potato God Scarecrow, a humorous, free associating radio rumination; Kubin’s Raum für Telemagnetische Medien, a piece on ghosts and electricity (using source material from Paralektronoia); and Anna Friz’s The Clandestine Transmissions of Pirate Jenny, the tale of a radio pirate transmitting from inside the black box of radio technology. Total run time of the radio plays is 66 minutes.((audience)) curators, Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati, will give a brief talk and respond to questions after the screening.



Albert Glinsky, composer and author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage, Branden Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University, and featured artist, Felix Kubin, will discuss the topics raised in Kubin's Paralektronoia lecture, followed by a moderated discussion with the audience.



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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