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  • by Sam Hart
  • 45 blocks • 2 hours ago

Magazines determine a place or a frame of reference both outside and inside what is defined as “Art.” Magazines are boundaries (mediating) between the two areas… between gallery “Art” and communications about “Art.

—Dan Graham

Dan Graham, letter to Benjamin H. D....

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Christine captioned the sound walk, emphasizing her special relationship with venues for aural mediation.

Most people who encounter *(LISTEN)*, will do so through some intermediate channel (this presentation for instance). But "sound" is an inherently mediated process, understood via circumstance and experience and Christine's sound begins with this premise.

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This is our walking route through the Lower East Side. After college Christine lived and worked in the neighborhood for several years, so her route began in the same location as Neuhaus' first walk, 14th st. & Avenue C, and then stopped at various locations of importance to her.

(LISTEN) route through the Lower East...

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As the primary venue for advertising has now shifted to online social platforms, Christine's rendition, *(LISTEN)*, adopts Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter's distribution infrastructure to examine the contemporary art economy's inexorable participation in these networks.

(LISTEN) flyer

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Neuhaus also took out an advertisement in Artforum in 1977. His repurposing of ad space for the exhibition of art was a technique pioneered by Dan Graham in his 1965 piece [*Figurative*](https://www.moma.org/collection/works/192168).

While the number and size of Neuhaus' walks were limited, experience in alternative venues—like this advertisement—located the work as a conceptual object and made use of existing distribution mechanisms while serving to further dematerialize the composition.

Charles Eppley, a Max Neuhaus Scholar, Kerry Santullo, and I had been interested in restaging a Neuhaus piece, and—seeing the parallels between Christine's work—asked if she would like to collaborate.

LISTEN advertisement in Artforum, Max...

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Before discussing *(LISTEN)*, a note on Max Neuhaus.

Trained as a classically jazz drummer, Neuhaus played immensely technically works for the likes of Xenakis before frustratedly exiting music. Neuhaus then went on to stage works, like *LISTEN*, which sought to subvert conventional "ownership" of sound by experimenting with environmental and networked sound practices.

In 1966 [Max Neuhaus](https://www.are.na/sam-hart/neuhaus-hear-inc) first staged his piece [*LISTEN*](http://www.max-neuhaus.info/soundworks/vectors/walks/LISTEN/), a series of sound walks—the first of which took place near his studio in the Lower East Side.

Most of his walks were promoted by word-of-mouth and enigmatic messaging like this post card.

Max Neuhaus, LISTEN post card

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Miriam Simun, an artist whose work engages the specter of extinction through sense and memory, has worked closely for the past several years with botanists, conservation biologists, and land trust members to document their work.

Some of Miriam's work looks to historicize the flower's likely extinction using montage and documentary film techniques to situate the event within deep time.

Miriam Simun

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Protesting has taken on a new urgency since the election. So, in response, Avant.org recently held a [Sign Making Workshop](http://avant.org/event/sign-making/) with Taeyoon to discuss signage as a cultural technology for disseminating ideas.

As Taeyoon says, "signs are interfaces to the city."

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[Taeyoon's workshop summary](http://taeyoonchoi.com/2017/02/sign-making-workshop-nyc/)

Sign Making

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Also important for Taeyoon is Henri Lefebvre's notion of people's [*right to the city*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_the_city), which he then applies to computers—stressing the importance of *access*—both in urban and digital spaces.

Right to the City

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Using his 8-bit RAM, he built this finite state machine to understand how he could work with stored-memory. For Taeyoon, social memory is stored in cities as architecture and community.

finite state machine

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This is one of my favorite drawings from the book. It explains the levels of computational abstraction typically found in computers.

We might imagine a similar diagram for abstracting social logic.

Levels of Abstraction

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Taeyoon began this project several years ago as a way to teach himself about computational systems. The book tracks his experience building a computer by hand, leading the reader step-by-step through his learning process.

Urban Computation

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Taeyoon has written a book, *Handmade Computer*, which elaborates this metaphor. I've been working closely with him for the past year and a half to develop and edit the text which we plan to publish on Avant.org in the next few months.

Laptop Window

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Here is a drawing by Christine, one of several images released online and accompanied by the word "(LISTEN)." A message intended to urge us to open ourselves to other modes of communication and understanding.

map—sound—space

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A block away from 14th & C is Tanya Towers, a community center for deaf people who have medical conditions, sensory, cognitive, or otherwise. Christine worked here right after leaving college, helping residents with their healthcare and finances.

*(LISTEN)* follows Christine's formative experiences living and working in New York, the story of her discovering her interest in sound and beginning to experiment with the medium on her own terms.

Tanya Towers

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[*(LISTEN)*](http://avant.org/event/listen/) is a sound walk organized by Avant.org with the artist [Christine Sun Kim](http://christinesunkim.com/). Born profoundly deaf, Christine has developed a conceptual practice which generates new understandings of sound.

Much of Christine's Work is predicated on a recognition that the deaf are commonly regarded as "without sound" when—in fact—they are among the individuals most affected by the medium.

(LISTEN)

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Miriam is now beginning to clone the *Agalinis*, with the hope of perfecting the technique such that flowers could be widely sold as houseplants. In so doing, she parses how scarcity produces value by way of limiting commodification.

We are now working with Miriam to [commercialize the flower](http://www.miriamsimun.com/project/1465) and draft a marketing brief which will be used for pitching and subsequently published as artist materials.

Rare Clone

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Dan Graham

  • by Sam Hart
  • 10 blocks • 2 hours ago

Neuhaus & Hear Inc.

  • by Sam Hart
  • 14 blocks • 2 hours ago

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