7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
  • Steve Bradley – CAST


    CAST, a site-specific, sound-art installation located at Fells Point, Thames Street and South Broadway at the end of the pier on the water, amplifies the interstitial sounds reflected by the surface boundary between the water and the air.  The audience will experience this liminal space as an acoustic mix between the “normal” sounds heard above the water and the submersed sounds hidden below the water. CAST creates a deep listening duet between these two unlikely acoustic environments.  The water surface operates as a tympanum or drum being struck from both sides: the noisy rumblings of the Baltimore Inner Harbor district beat upon the upper surface; the aquatic echoes and bay currents reverberate against the underside to complete the listener’s circuit of perception.

    Steve Bradley is an inter-media artist who currently works with low-frequency sound that resonates below the threshold of human hearing, but when broadcast on-site, reveals the structure of environmental acoustics. Using minimal processing, he isolates micro artifacts of sound that become the core material for video, networked live performance, and low-power, site-relational radio.  In 1998, Steve Bradley founded art@radio, a net-broadcast through which he conducts streamed projects in remote locations where participants perform simultaneously.  He is a co-founder and active member of URBANtells.net, whose work focuses on the intricacies between the architecture, cityscape and the human and cultural geography found within any city. URBANtells’ art practice involves the use of various forms of low and high technology to engage the residents, transients and lost inhabitants of the city.

    Bradley has toured and recorded with Alien Productions/edition Kunstradio in Austria; exhibited at Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, and at Seville Biennial; was commissioned by Sonic Circuits to perform at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and he was included in a limited-edition, artbox cd by Public Guilt Records, Baltimore.

    The Baltimore <-> Rotterdam Sister City invited Bradley, an active member of URBANtells.net to be their exchange artist for a continuing sound radio project in Rotterdam/Baltimore. Most recently, Bradley installed a commissioned sound sculpture in Wattenmeer mud flats on the North German coast; during low tide, the North Sea winds and rising water played the instrument.

    Steve Bradley teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director of the Imaging and Digital Arts MFA program.

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