MEME Colloquium with Matt Wellins

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Orwig Music Building, Room 112

This colloquium featuring Matt Wellins is free and open to the public. Wellins is an artist, scholar, and PhD candidate at Wesleyan University working in digital media and sonic arts practices.

About the Talk

Between the years 1970 and 1973, the New York State Council from the Arts bolstered their budget for funding from $2 million to $20 million dollars. With it, a new crop of non-profit organizations emerged, sponsoring artists that worked with emerging media and broadcast technologies. This interest tended towards new trends in video and film, but by 1974, of the 40-or-so grants awarded by NYSCA, a small “radio commune” in upstate New York applied for the first grant solely to deal with sound. This presentation, culled from oral histories, scattered audio recordings, and funding correspondences, will serve to tell the story of ZBS’ Artist-in-Residence program, the methodology and work they pioneered, and their dissolution with the changing tides of American arts funding.