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Radio Valencia – Lee Tusman

In November, artist and curator Lee Tusman started a nine-month round-the-world trip to visit artists, musicians, curators, squats, pirate spaces, galleries, underground restaurants, etc. At the beginning of the trip, he spent several weeks in the San Francisco Bay area and was invited to visit Radio Valencia along with Alien Slang, a noise musician active in the Bay Area scene, for an interview between Slang and radio host DJ Bunny Whiskers.

Radio Valencia is a small community radio station centered in the Mission District of San Francisco. Founded by Chicken John and John Hell, the station began broadcasting in August 2010. As a fan of pirate radio, a past college radio DJ for 4 years at the freeform station WBRS, and as someone deeply interested in micro-broadcasting, Lee was interested in learning from the two “Johns” about how they organized the station as well as their goals for its growth. The following is Lee’s email interview with the Radio Valencia founders.

DJ Bunny Whiskers interviewing Alien Slang on Radio Valencia

Lee Tusman: How does Radio Valencia differ from other freeform or non-commercial stations like college radio?

Chicken John: Well, I don’t really know how all the other stations do it. I’ve only ever been involved in pirate radio. This station is bullshit free. No meetings, no rules. There are dues, hardly anyone pays them. So I guess it’s pretty different. It’s about radio being a device that promotes community. Radio is a collaborative artwork. Continue reading


Sharing Experiences: Sprague Electric and North Adams, MA

Mike Hutchinson

Mike Hutchinson is a musician and songwriter. He plays jazz piano, French horn, organ and violin and currently sings in the Northern Berkshire Ecumenical Choir.

He began work for Sprague in 1961. He moved to North Adams immediately after graduating that year with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. During his 38 years of service with Sprague, he developed, researched and oversaw the manufacture and quality control of products such as ceramic circuit designs and aluminum and tantalum capacitors. He was responsible for the quality functions of over 1 million pieces a week of a commercial film capacitor.

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On Symptoms of Cultural Industry by Bureau for Open Culture

View of North Adams, Mass., with former textile mill on the left

Bureau for Open Culture has been invited to participate in Open Engagement 2011. We will make a work called On Symptoms of Cultural Industry. It will examine the way North Adams, Massachusetts, and many other cities around the world (including Portland, Oregon) have transitioned from manufacturing goods and materials to manufacturing experiences and knowledge: from Fordist to post-Fordist economic frameworks. The total work will include performance, photography, video, sound and programming. Continue reading


Members of THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK committee (D.A.N): Kamomi Solidum, Stephen Squibb, Sarah Resnick, and Anne Callahan at Bark in Brooklyn, NY. There are 14 active members of the committee at the time this blog is being posted.

I sat down with four committee members from THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK to have a conversation about their organization and its structure. THE PUBLIC SCHOOL was founded in Los Angeles by Telic Arts Exchange. Today, it has chapters throughout the United States and around the world. Here is a description pulled from their website:

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.


DH: Did any of you get any of the “free” chocolate I brought to French Theory (An Introduction to Possible Futures)? From when I was uptown and stumbled upon a chocolate shop whose air-conditioner had just broken, and I walked out with about a thousand dollars worth of fancy chocolate…. Continue reading

Interview with Marie Lorenz

Marie Lorenz (and myself) in her studio in Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY.

Marie Lorenz is an artist living in New York. I talked with her about her Tide and Current Taxi project, where she ferries people around the New York area in a boat she built by hand. If you are in the area next Spring when it starts to get warmer, send her an e-mail and you can explore New York’s waterways! Her web-site can be seen here.


Have you ever fished during any of your explorations, and caught something that was safe to eat?

Once I took a passenger who wanted to try and get enough food from the Gowanus Bay to make dinner. We took a fishing pole and floated around without catching anything. I have always wanted to try that again, but really catch and eat something. So this could be a call to anyone who wants to try and take an Edible New York trip in the Tide and Current Taxi next summer – it would sort of help if you knew more than me about fishing or crabbing… Continue reading

Hello November

Editor’s note: 127 Prince is pleased to announce that we are finally kicking off our guest blogging series. We are equally pleased that David Horvitz will be our first guest blogger:

David Horvitz is an artist whose work adopts a nomadic personality, shifting seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page, the West Coast, East Coast, and beyond, avoiding any particular definition or medium. Born in Los Angeles and currently based in New York—although his location may change at any given moment—Horvitz frequently encourages participation from both his friends and a web-based audience for his projects, channeling the spirit of conceptual artists who reach out to a community greater than their immediate surroundings. He infuses his practice with generosity and free distribution. (Jenny Borland) Continue reading

Open Engagement Interviews on Bad at Sports

Here are the Bad at Sports interviews conducted at the Open Engagement conference as part of a series on social practice. Two interviews are with 127 Prince editors (Ted Purves and Jen Delos Reyes) and four of them are co-hosted by another editor (Randall Szott).

Episode 249: Ted Purves
Episode 250: Nato Thompson
Episode 251: Mark Dion
Episode 253: Nils Norman
Episode 254: Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher

Open Engagement Follow-up

Feedback from the recent (May14-17) Open Engagement conference is slowly percolating into the interwebs:

A review of the Affective Economies panel by Krystal South.

D.K. Row writes a review of the conference for The Oregonian.

Some notes on Open Engagement by Colin Kloecker.

A series of impressions and more impressions.

I’ll be posting more as it appears. Please send any and all material you generate or discover regarding the conference to 127 Prince (or you can simply leave links in the comments section).