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Our home for archival recordings of some of the most significant conversations, lectures, and panels to happen in the world of ideas over the past 50 years. This is where you will find Nobel laureates, acid-tripping poets, cult legends, and curatorial heavy-hitters. Rare audio you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.
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Radio Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s radio broadcasts (1929 - 1932) are a selection of children stories written and read by Benjamin during his colossal research project The Arcades Project, an allegorical look into the birth of modernity in 19th Century Paris. Though the series of broadcasts and the Arcades in general are decisively incomplete, the two enterprises echo one another in content, replete with provocative digressions, and unlikely connections (or "secret affinities"). The independent radical publishing house Verso Books has published a nuanced translation of Radio Benjamin, and Clocktower Radio is pleased to present the recorded version of the comprehensive project for the first time in English. Read by New York artist Corey McCorkle, the 29 extant transcriptions will also be annotated with linking principle themes explored in the Arcades Project with the wild variety of subjects Benjamin outlines in these 20 minute stories. The extended radio program is a priceless glimpse into the humor and methodology of one of the most important theorists of authenticity, progress, and the political implications of new media on the masses during the earlier part of the 20th Century.
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New York Public Library

The New York Public Library public programs are recorded and shared with clocktower.org as part of a partnership coordinated by artist, curator, and senior librarian Arezoo Moseni.
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Historic Audio from the Museum of Modern Art

An archive of recordings made at The Museum of Modern Art, collected from recent and past exhibitions and public programs.
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The Clocktower Oral History Project

For her participation in apexart’s AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence, a 2009 exhibition investigating the activities and documentation of some of New York City’s most unique cultural spaces, artist Nancy Hwang revisited the 37-year history of the Clocktower Gallery.

Remembering her earliest moments in the Clocktower, Hwang says:

"It was the third building I entered when I moved to New York in 1996. The first was my new apartment, and the second was the terribly generic Chinese restaurant around the corner. As a young art school graduate, I was pretty green. I didn't understand the Clocktower's special place in the history of the art world, and certainly couldn't figure out how to get to the 13th floor in a building with elevators that only went to 12."

"I met Alanna Heiss shortly before the 1997 re-opening of P.S.1 after a three-year renovation, and ended up working for her for three years. The people I met during that time were incredible art world personalities, whom I would encounter again and again in different situations after my P.S.1 years. One of Alanna's many gifts is to always have great people around her. She attracts with her energy and inspires mad genius—something of a superpower."

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Scientific Controversies

What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls? Major scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate. For the Pioneer Works series Scientific Controversies, we take a look at profound topics at the frontier of physics that have inspired unresolved debates.
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SHOWS

Chuck Close & Artifex Press
Lyle Ashton Harris and Chuck Close, Excessive Exposure
Representing NYC and Downtown Electric
Bill T. Jones, Live Ideas
AACM at 50: Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell
Nancy Princenthal on Agnes Martin
Dubai to Tunis: In Time, Across Land
Scientific Controversies: Can We Explain the World?
Scientific Controversies: Is Reality Beautiful?
Scientific Controversies: Time's Arrow
Vik Muniz
Radio Benjamin: Cagliostro
Radio Benjamin: Gypsies
Radio Benjamin: Herculaneum and Pompeii
Radio Benjamin:The Rental Barracks
Radio Benjamin: The Bastille
Radio Benjamin: Doctor Faustus
Robert Wilson and Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, Performed
American Rhapsody: Claudia Roth Pierpont & Jonathan Galassi
Radio Benjamin: Postage Stamp Swindles
Radio Benjamin: Naples
Persian Poets
Radio Benjamin: Bootleggers
Radio Benjamin:The Railway Disaster at Firth of Tay
One World Trade
Radio Benjamin: A Visit to the Brassworks
Radio Benjamin: Robber Bands in Old Germany
John Cage & Morton Feldman: Impersonality
Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art
Radio Benjamin: Theater Fire in Canton
Radio Benjamin: The Lisbon Earthquake
Radio Benjamin: The Mississippi Flood of 1927
Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow, Laurie Wilson + Arezoo Moseni
Four Generations: A Panel Discussion
Radio Benjamin: Demonic Berlin
Radio Benjamin: True Dog Stories
Radio Benjamin: Berlin Guttersnipe
Allen Ginsberg at The New School, Part 3
Harold Schimmel Pt.1, Reading
Andy Warhol & Bob Colacello: The Lost Fashion Interview
Allen Ginsberg on Buddhism and The Beats
Alex Haley, Roots (1976)
Brian Eno: How High Can Low Go?
Richard Nonas
Radio Benjamin: Witch Trials
Radio Benjamin: Kaspar Hauser
Scientific Controversies No. 8: Are We Alone?