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Wilderness Information Network: Featuring the work of over thirty international sound artists

Cary Peppermint:

WILDERNESS INFORMATION NETWORK
http://www.restlessculture.net/wildinfonet
An environmental installation featuring the work of over thirty international sound artists selected to create a sonic field of information produced with renewable energy, digital technologies, and ecological imagination. Hikers to the back woods location will use bluetooth-enabled devices or transistor radios to receive sonic information through digital downloads and radio transmissions.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, at 4:00pm (Rain date: June 10).
At the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, 940 acres of woods in the upper Catskills of New York State, USA. Visitors to the opening are encouraged to spend the night onsite experiencing the audio transmissions and to bring along their camping gear and a Bluetooth enabled device or a transistor radio. Directions and additional information available on the website. Installation will be active May 27th through June 27th, 2006.

The project was initiated and curated by Cary Peppermint and The Department of Ecology Art and Technology, a performative collaborative of artists seeking to create works that explore issues that lie at the intersection between digital media technologies and the environment.

Featuring the sound works of:
Dirk Adams - Tamara Albaitis - Sheinagh Anderson - Tanguy Arnaud - Steven Matthew Brown - Hillary Charnas - Catherine Clover - Richard Curtis - Jan de Weille - The Dry Heeves - Ivan Elezovic - Jeff Gburek - Josh Goldman - David Hahn - Scott F. Hall - Francis Heery - Fabrice Janssens - Mike Johnson - David Kasdorf - François Martig - Eric Morrill - Andrea Polli - Joao Ricardo - Tara Rodgers - Leif Sandberg - Laura Solari - Charles Stankievech - Michael Trommer - The UN in Unnatural - Juha Valkeapää - Thomans Parker Williams

If we encountered a pod-cast, or a streaming radio server in the woods, in the "natural" environment, what kind of information would be distributed? If there was an entity, a life-form, or a "natural" other that disseminated sonic information, wild-information, how would this information sound? This project encourages artists to create audio sound works that imagine the "voice" of the ecological other and explore its translation into the language of digital art technologies.

If "nature" encountered a pod-cast, or a streaming radio server in the woods, in the "natural" environment, what kind of information would be distributed? This project could take on unpredictable, interactive, and experimental dimensions as it also encourages artists to consider themselves as human animals, beings within "nature" producing sound works for unknowable others, e.g. ferns, salamanders, flowers, mosquito, beetles, flowers, deer, coyotes, bear, water, etc.

This project is made possible by support from Hartwick College, The Upper Catskills Community Council for the Arts, the NYSCA, and The Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College.

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