One Loves Only Form / KPV Public Radio
“One loves only form
And form only comes
Into existence when
The thing is born”
– Charles Olson, Maximus Poems
“Whatever the boredom, the hellish tedium of the everyday in the US or anywhere else, American banality will always be a thousand times more interesting than the European – and especially the French – variety. Perhaps because banality here is born of extreme distances, of the monotony of wide-open spaces and the radical spaces and the radical absence of culture.”
– Jean Baudrillard, America
For the month of March, Emily Gable and Brianna Toth will curate an artist-run radio station, and experiment with radio broadcast from various locations throughout the Bay Area. The month of programming will be curated around the concept of space. Particularly how it has evolved with current technology, and has become more psychological than physical. It is these virtual, expanding boundaries of space that we are interested in, as well as how people relate and interact with their understanding of space now. For this project, radio is used as an overarching metaphor since radio reaches so many without encompassing any physical space. We are also interested in the idea of space and how it relates to the American identity (e.g. radio is an American invention, the myth of America as a country is tied up in ideas of sublime space, etc). Furthermore, by using the metaphor of radio waves in this project we plan to draw on the DIY culture and lineage of subversion that is latent in the history of radio – especially in the Bay Area.
This concept of space also utilizes the work of poet, Charles Olson, and sociologist and cultural theorist, Jean Baudrillard, as a framework for the radio program. In Olson’s essay, Call Me Ishmael, he discusses space as something specific to the American identity. Olson’s essay, Projective Verse, stresses the importance of breath over form, what he called “Composition by Field” and what Robert Creeley wrote, “Form is never more than an extension of content” these ideas, combined with Ezra Pound’s notion that, a poet should compose in the sequence of a musical phrase, highlight the idea of free verse and are the basis for Olson’s Maximus Poems which employs all of these ideas. In America, Baudrillard claims that the existence of space as a separate form is uniquely American, and can be attributed to car culture, the vastness of the geographic landscape, and the planning of major urban centers.
Over the course of March, Gable and Toth it will broadcast readings of Charles Olson’s Maximus Poems until it is read in completion. Additionally, music, talk programs, poetry readings, and the intentional use of dead air will punctuate the Olson readings. Accompanying the programming, will be a storefront installation which will host a series of artist talks, live musical performances, and musical programs by local artists and labels. All of the programming will be available to the public through an online archive. The storefront installation and artists talks will all be curated around the concept of space, but the music portion of the programming will be more free form, since we feel that the metaphor of radio is enough for the program to be cohesive.
OneLovesOnlyForm/KPV Radio will take the form of an internet radio station streaming from our studio at Liminal Space in Oakland. We are in the process of finding alternative platforms for terrestrial broadcast. Our hope is that One Loves Only Form will become a viral “pop-up” radio program that will engage and reach a wider audience by emerging in unexpected air space. For live events, performances, and a selection of the radio programming we will use a low-powered Part 15 transmitter to broadcast to the surrounding neighborhoods. These broadcasts will take place at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area and be announced in advance so the public can tune-in and access the programming online or with their phones. The public will also be invited to park nearby so the programming simultaneously takes the form of a drive-in radio show. At the end of March a zine will be published documenting the project and include the participating venues, events, and contributors.
Emily Gable is a San Francisco based artist working in a variety of media. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Visual Art. She has participated in various public performances, and has exhibited work at Chez Bushwick, Hunter College, and Aqua Art Fair. She recently had her first solo show in the Bay Area at Tartine. Gable lives near the ocean, which influences the subject matter of her recent work.
Brianna Toth is an independent curator who lives and works in the Bay Area. She has curated inter-disciplinary and performance programs in San Francisco, New York, and London, working intensively with emerging artists for the past 8 years. She has also worked with numerous experimental film archives such as Canyon Cinema to create film programs at independent and underground venues. Her curatorial work has focused on California centric social movements, experimental performance, and DIY culture.