AQNB is taking part in New York, London, and Hamburg-based publishing house Montez Press’ take over of NYC art space Mathew Gallery for its third summer residency. Starting on July 19 and running to August 19, the programme features artists, writers, DJs, musicians, critics and theorists exploring the “seemingly obsolete” medium of radio as a method of communication. We’ll be joining a list that includes contributions by Hard to Read, NYC Trans Oral History Project, MELA Foundation, Triple Canopy, Berlin Community Radio and more, streaming on Montez Press Radio into the middle of next month.
You can go the website or listen live below:
Two AQNB-presented radio shows are happening at midday Eastern Daylight Time (5pm in the UK), on Tuesday and Thursday throughout August, with their associated live events happening in the city on August 11 and 15. The first episodes streamed last week and have been uploaded to the AQNB Soundcloud, embedded below.
Tuesday’s Content Prole: A journey into the depths of the online gig economy is a collaboration with writer-producer Matthew O’Shannessy, presented by AQNB and hosted by editor Steph Kretowicz (aka Jean Kay). It coincides with our Patreon subscription drive, which we kicked off with an exposition on the past and future of AQNB, as well as an insight into the life of a freelance writer in ‘For what it’s worth‘.
Content Prole carries on with the ongoing editorial theme exploring sustainability in the arts, by looking at the weird and wild ways writers make a living, on the internet and beyond. ‘Episode 1: Weight Loss, Erections & Cryptocurrency’ features Joe, an aspiring screenwriter who spent a year writing reviews for ‘male enhancement’ supplements with names like ‘Super Macho’ and ‘Cockstar’ in a downtown Los Angeles apartment run by two mysterious Russian employers.
His story comes alongside, Jamie’s, who discovered the labyrinthine system of Apple app store hierarchies. Here, developers enlist the services of an improvised underworld of fake reviews and paid downloads services to successfully ‘crack the algorithm’ and get their product into a coveted Top Ten spot on the home pages. Both these stories provide a fascinating insight into the shady dealings and obscure economies that shape our realities as consumers.
Streaming every Thursday is the Somewhere I’ve Never Been audio book, a collaboration between author Steph Kretowicz and artist Kimmo Modig, presented by AQNB. The project is part of a multi-platform narrative exploring global soundscapes as an expression of heavily mediated, networked mobile environments.
Previous segments featured music and insights from Romania and parts of the Middle East, as well as Israel-Palestine. For ‘Episode Four: Iceland’, artist Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir translates fragments of the English text to Icelandic and narrates over Modig’s soundscapes consisting field recordings, tracks and insights collected by Kretowicz on her travels. These include a lecture by artist, musician and former member of Björk’s The Sugarcubes Curver at Seyðisfjörður’s LungA Festival 2013, explaining his love of Adam Sandler and how he came to name himself after a trash can.
You can stream previous episodes of Somewhere I’ve Never Been, aired on NTS Radio, Berlin Community Radio and New New World Radio at thepoweroflove.cz and listen in for more episodes this week.**