Monday, October 19, 2009

visit us or phone in to listen!

VISIT our listening station, program, and audio installations at

 Luggage Store Annex/Tenderloin National Forest- 509 Ellis Street

 Tuesday – Saturday 11AM - 4 PM

Tune in to 93.7FM 24 hours a day within the Tenderloin

or call 415.375.8282


Friday, October 16, 2009

Here are some production shots from our recording sessions- along with  samples of our programming on radio 93.7FM. video

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Participants

Opening


TENDER TRANSMISSIONS

Hosted by the Luggage Store Annex/ Tenderloin National Forest, 509 Ellis Street, San Francisco

93.7FM and 415.375.8282

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11AM - 4 PM

Opening Saturday October 17 11AM - 6 PM

Tender Transmissions is a temporary Tenderloin specific radio program (available locally on 93.7 FM), a series of phone messages (at (415) 375-8282) and an audio installation at The Tenderloin National Forest. We interested in the intimate and invisible characteristics of sound, and its potential resonance at the threshold of the public and the private. The transmissions include conversations about love, songs and poetry chosen and sung or recited by participants, soundscapes made from ambient neighborhood recordings, a screenplay derived from conversations with erotic dancers, ambient audio recorded during guided blindfolded walks, and conversations between visiting Japanese college students and first graders.  It also includes interviews with curator Lance Fung and other key members of the organization which focus on issues of movement, migration, nomadism and the visible in relation to current residents, participating artists and potential visitors.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

walk_#4

video

On my fourth walk I was guided by Keystone members
Troy and Winnie. Keystone is a youth leadership program
through the Boys and Girls club working with Safe Haven to provide
escorts to the children of the TL neighborhood.
Winnie was recently chosen and "Youth of the Year" and Troy
is a rapper with a cd out and currently working on a new video.
Our walk lasted 20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tender Transmissions-Recorded series of Blindfolded walks through TL with various guides

video

I am recording a series of walks with "guides" who live and work in the neighborhood that I will use to compile into a "soundscape" of
the TL for our Tender Transmissions radio broadcast. The "guides" determine the route, length, and content of the audio piece. I am attempting to find "guides" from a variety of ethnicities and ages as well as genders allowing for multiple perspectives. I place myself in a position of needing to trust my "guides" some who I meet for the first time just before we walk. The experience of being blindfolded allows me to use my senses beyond vision- a necessary tool when walking the streets of the neighborhood.

This movie is documentation of one of my walks.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tender Transmissions

Tender Transmissions is an aural network produced through community participation and site-driven research. It will be broadcast on a temporary FM radio station receivable in the Tenderloin district, and available in segments via a telephone number, throughout the duration of the Wonderland Exhibition. Speakers will be set up in the Tenderloin National Forest to provide a communal listening environment and space for gatherings.

The Transmissions team came to this project with an interest in the intimate and invisible characteristics of sound, and its potential resonance at the threshold of the public and the private. We approached the neighborhood with this in mind, engaging with intimacy, desire and tenderness in a variety of artist projects, by listening to individual voices, the sounds of the neighborhood and the desires and stories of various residents, workers and students.

Tender Transmissions will broadcast discrete content punctuated by ambient sounds from the neighborhood, differentiating its style of programming from that of a conventional radio station. The transmissions will include conversations about love with seniors and young mothers, songs and poetry chosen and sung/recited by participants, abstract compositions made from recordings at major intersections and on walks, a screenplay derived from conversations with erotic dancers around desires and fantasies that inspire their performances, ambient audio recorded during blindfolded walks with a community walking service exploring issues around safety and a composition which reflects on the cinematic history of the neighborhood. All recordings were made in the Tenderloin with people who live and/or work there. The project also includes a self-reflective engagement with the position of the radio broadcast and the other public art projects within Wonderland, through interviews with curator Lance Fung and other key members of the organization. These interviews will focus on issues of movement, migration, nomadism and the visible in relation to current residents, participating artists and potential visitors.

Tender Transmissions uses the figure of the network to define the project’s form as well as the set of processes by which the artists engage with the neighborhood. We are incorporating the voices of local youth by collaborating with teachers at the Glide Foundation and De Marillac Academy, and are hoping to establish a lending library for children’s books. We are working with Bay Fitted urban attire on graphics for our radio station and phone number. By working with accessible technologies, combining radio (communal) with telephone (private) transmission and including content in multiple languages, we intend for the network to be available to most residents and visitors.

Central to Tender Transmissions is the dynamic relationship between our base of operations at the Tenderloin National Forest and the larger radius of the neighborhood. Created by artistic directors Darryl Smith and Laurie Lazer of Luggage Store Gallery, this greened oasis and community commons provides a beautiful and open listening environment and a connection to the longstanding artistic communities of the Tenderloin. We are honored to be able to inhabit the forest (in the making since 1989) after its official dedication and opening in May 2009.