Crises of Meaning in Communities of Creative Appropriation – The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, Chapter 30

February 28, 2017

The [not-entirely un-ironic] copyright restrictions have expired for the chapter I contributed to The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, published in December, 2014 have lapsed, so I’m now allowed to publicly post this piece.   The festival is currently on indefinite hiatus, and will hopefully return before too long. Huge thanks to the book’s superlative editor, … Read More

The Ultimate Stimulus at Fringe NYC

August 22, 2014

The following review was originally published on August 22, 2014 in Theater Pizzazz! Parody, by definition, speaks with two voices – that of the parodist, and that of its target – the former always subverting the latter by an act of redirecting the text from its original context to one more compromising. It implores us … Read More

Radical Vaudeville: Surf Reality is Still Making Waves

June 3, 2014

The following review was originally published on June 3, 2013 in Theater Pizzazz! New York is a city that recycles itself, and those who have lived here long enough have become accustomed to the life cycles of landscapes, buildings, businesses, and cultural institutions.  New York is in a constant state of metamorphosis; it’s just how this … Read More

The new black box has global reach

December 30, 2013

The following article was originally published in the East Villager News, November 12 2014. BY TOM TENNEY | In 1961, Ellen Stewart revolutionized the New York performance scene when she opened Café La MaMa in the basement of an East Ninth Street tenement. The African-American fashion designer-cum-impresario imagined the new space as an alternative to … Read More

Brick Up Your Ears

July 6, 2013

The following article originally appeared in The Villager on June 6, 2013 The Brick Theater produces a lot of festivals – it’s kind of their thing.  But festivals at the Williamsburg experimental venue aren’t your garden-variety observance of artist or genre; they’ve become the theatre’s way of exploring aesthetic and cultural intersections.  Sure, some of the dozens … Read More

Rhyme Machine

June 9, 2013

The following article originally appeared in The Villager on May 9, 2013 BY TOM TENNEY | In a 1913 letter to the composer Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo declared, “The variety of noises is infinite…today we have perhaps a thousand different machines, and can distinguish a thousand different noises, tomorrow, as new machines multiply, we … Read More

We Want the Airwaves: An Investigation into Pirate and DIY Broadcasting

December 19, 2011

The following is a radio piece and accompanying paper I created for my class in “Creative DIY Cultures & Participatory Learning” on the state of DIY and pirate radio broadcasting, particularly as it exists in large urban areas like NYC. It explores the history and motivations for DIY broadcasting, examines the migration of DIY broadcasters … Read More

Why Internet Radio Isn’t Radio

April 8, 2011

I love Internet radio, I really do. As someone who has recently discovered a love for playing with sound, Internet radio has offered me opportunities that would have been unheard of for someone like me 20 years ago.  Massive distribution at such a cheap cost has opened doors to countless artists interested in exploring  But … Read More

Cybernetics in Art and the Myth of the Cyborg Artist

December 29, 2010

Today’s artist – like Donna Haraway’s cyborg feminist – moves beyond both traditional limitations and modernist ideas about art, and enters into a hypermediated relationship with society and technology in which technological methods and mediated collaboration across networks are common.  Art has always been a carrier of cultural information.  Cybernetics as a theory of communication … Read More