Artist talk by Brandon LaBelle – The music will not be broadcast
Working with sound, music, urban environments and people, Brandon LaBelle explores the intersections of the private and the public. This occurs through an overall interest in working contextually and with sensitivity to the cultural narratives that bind geographies and imaginations. From radio memories to dinner habits to speech acts, his work engages how cultural phenomena circulate through daily life.
Brandon LaBelle is the author of Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum 2006). Through his work with Errant Bodies Press he has co-edited the anthologies Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear (1999), Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (2001), Surface Tension: Problematics of Site (2003) and Radio Territories (2007), along with a series of monographs (Critical Ear series) on sound and media artists.
As an artist he is active in the fields of sound installation, performance and public interventions. His installation work has been featured internationally, including the exhibitions and festivals Sampling Rage (1999) at Podewil Berlin, Sound as Media (2000) at ICC Tokyo, Bitstreams (2001) at the Whitney Museum New York, Pleasure of Language (2002) at the Netherlands Media Art Institute Amsterdam, Undercover (2003) at the Museum of Contempoary Art Roskilde, and as part of Tuned City (2008), a festival on sound and architecture, Berlin. In addition he presented a solo exhibition at Singuhr galerie in Berlin (2004), an experimental composition for pirate drummers as part of Virtual Territories, Nantes (2005), and his Prototypes for the Mobilization and Broadcast of Fugitive Sound was exhibited at the Enrico Fornello gallery, Prato, in 2007. His ongoing project to build a library of radio memories was presented at Radio Revolten, Halle in 2006 and at Casa Vecina, Mexico City in 2008.
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