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Fordlandia Transmission/
Transmissão Fordlandia

organized by RADIOEE

September 17 - October 14, 2017
Former Ford Factory Buildings 1-4
Fordlandia, Brazil

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 16, 5-7 pm Amazon Time AMT
(same time zone as New York)
Fordlandia, Brazil

Featuring work by:
Véronique Isabelle
Angelo Madson
Gabriel Martinho
Paulo Meira

A Franchise Exhibition Program exhibition.

press release pdf
original proposal pdf
Transmission Fordlandia/Transmissão Fordlandia explores the present conditions and history of Fordlandia, Brazil, through soundscapes and radio systems by local artists and musicians. Deriving inspiration from the Amazon's auditory ecosystem, Northern Brazil's vibrant musical heritage, and Fordlandia's fallen machines, the live broadcasts and month-long listening exhibition will feature site-specific sound works that explore how transit and transmission through river, roads, rubber, and radio shape contemporary ecosystems in the jungle city today. 

Fordlandia was founded in 1927 by industrialist Henry Ford on a quest to cultivate a steady rubber supply for his motorcar empire, and was abandoned less than two decades later. Ford’s attempt to colonize and industrialize the Amazon was disastrous from the outset. Single-crop agriculture, North American suburban aesthetics, and Ford-ist labor regulations were met with widespread resistance from workers and nature alike. After years of collapse and veritable abandon, Ford’s jungle towns have been slowly resettled. 

Sound artists will work with local communities not only to create new works, but also to reactivate the defunct local FM radio station. In the week leading up to the exhibition, the artists will run community workshops inviting Fordlandia’s residents to participate in sound collection and radio-operation projects, with the aim of reactivating the former station. The opening weekend (September 16 and 17) will include performances, interviews, and soundscapes transmitted live to local and global audiences via the relaunched station and online for global listeners. The listening installation in the former Ford Factory will be open to the public through October 14. The new radio transmitter and local station will stay behind and continue to be activated by the community.  

RADIOEE (Radio Espacio Estation) is a collaboration of artist Agustina Woodgate, curator Stephanie Sherman, designer Sebastian Bellver, and activator Hernan Woodgate. RADIOEE hosts nomadic, multilingual, online radio broadcast events on mobility topics. Adapting to sites, languages, and cultures in situ, RADIOEE opens a channel that cultivates local voices, music, and sound experiments and connects them with global listeners. RADIOEE has curated shows in an abandoned amusement park in Berlin, the Buenos Aires Port, a truck traversing Washington D.C., and a boat navigating the Miami waterways.

apexart’s programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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