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The Gamelatron Interviews

Jeannie Hopper sits down with Clocktower curator Joe Ahearn and artist A. Taylor Kuffner to discuss the Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower) installation. Kuffner's latest manifestation of The Gamelatron Project appears June 2013 in the Icon Building, a currently empty retail space in the heart of Times Square and was produced in collaboration with Times Square Arts.

Joe Ahearn and Jeannie Hopper discuss the Clocktower and Times Square Arts Alliance's efforts to make Times Square a place for not only tourists, but contemporary artists and art world patrons, as well. They also discuss the other projects that the Gallery and the Alliance have worked to exhibit.

During the interview, Kuffner reveals how he considers himself a conceptual artist, allowing him to be free of material associations. He stumbled upon the practices of the Gamelan while living in Indonesia and it was when he returned to New York that he found himself reminiscing about the exotic instruments of the Asian culture that he had left behind. After several incarnations of what Kuffner affectionately calls the Gamelatron, he brings Bunga Kota to NYC's urban center; to a space that was a concrete slab. The installation now transforms the physical space and those that experience it. It is located at 785 Eighth Ave. and can be viewed from June 6 - July 26, 2013.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


Times Square Arts


This channel features a selection of programs produced in collaboration with our partner organization Times Square Arts, a division of New York's Times Square Alliance.