Tom Tenney

Cyborg artist

Cybernetics in Art and the Myth of the Cyborg Artist

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 …

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Tom Tenney They Call Me Pubefinger

“They Call Me Pubefinger” – A True Story Told in Pop Culture References

Barbie Dolls, Love Story, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jaws, Queen (the band), Barry Manilow, Pong, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Google, Woody Woodpecker, Altered States, True Red, Run Lola Run, The Shining, Dead Alive, The Six Million Dollar Man, ET, The Elephant Man, One Got Fat, The …

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Noam Chomsky

The Impact of Digital Technologies on Chomsky’s Media Ownership Filter

In their 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman posit a theory of “systemic propaganda” in which the mass media control content in order to serve the ends of the dominant elite.  The ingredients of this model are five “filters” used to censor content, which consist of concentrated media ownership, advertising, government news …

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Insane Faces

Off the Grid

Profiles of three of my favorite art stars: Don Eng, John King, and Walter Gambin – ‘outsider’ artists for whom performance serves as a way to navigate their lives.  Special thanks to Reverend Jen for providing some miraculous VO which pulled everything together for me.   As always, I recommend listening with a good set of …

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class reunion

Reunion

The prompt for this audio was to create a piece that fit into the theme “Home” as presented on the CD put out by the Deep Wireless Festival.  I chose to document my trip back to Boston, earlier this summer, for my high school reunion at the Cambridge School of Weston.  I had recorded several …

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Lies

‘I Didn’t Know That’ – A Collage for Radio

A three-minute sonic collage created almost entirely from appropriated materials, mostly soundtracks from military training and educational films, following the guidelines for the Third Coast Festival Short Docs Challenge.  I’ve included a brief statement of intent below. Statement of Intent: The piece was actually inspired by a Brecht quote about “an inescapable profusion and confusion …

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John Cassavetes Gina Rowland

The Influence of Art and Performance on the Rise of American Independent Cinema

“As in the other arts in America today – painting, poetry, sculpture, theater, where fresh winds have been blowing for the last few years – our rebellion against the old, official, corrupt and pretentious is primarily an ethical one.” The above statement, taken from the manifesto of the New American Cinema Group (81) written after …

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Helene Hagemann

‘The Free-Appropriation Writer’ in the New York Times

On February 26 2010, in a piece called “The Free-Appropriation Writer,” The New York Times’ Randy Kennedy reported on the recent controversy over German novelist Helene Hegemann, and whether the use of another writer’s work in her novel was theft or an allowable form of “sampling” or “remix.” Kennedy’s article misses the central issue around …

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