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Wireless: Exhibition at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

November 6, 2011– January 8, 2012


Wireless: Francis Baudevin, Matthew Beiderman and Marko Peljhan, Dove Bradshaw, Nathan Carter, Tyler Coburn, Aaron S. Davidson and Melissa Dubbin, Ellie Ga, Nicolas Lobo, Neighborhood Public Radio, Daniel Perlin, Roman Signer, and Jim Toth


Curated by Elizabeth Lovero


In honor of community radio station KCSB’s 50th anniversary, CAF presents Wireless, an exhibition featuring an international roster of artists exploring themes of radio transmission and communications. KCSB is a leader in non-commercial FM radio and the resurgent free-form format in the U.S. KCSB 91.9 FM is run by the Associated Students of the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. Wireless at CAF showcases artists residing in New York, Berlin, London, and Santa Barbara whose work is similarly concerned with the conveyance of ideas, memories, and objects across distances long and short. Former KCSB DJ and CAF Assistant Curator, NY-based curator Elizabeth Lovero brings together diverse mediums, such as sculptural installations, painting, video, photography, and sound. Wireless addresses pertinent issues in the radio community by showing works that champion individuality, mirror the spirit of decentralization and diversity in ownership and programming, explore community and low-power radio stations, and challenge the corporate broadcasting formulas.


In addition, Jim Toth’s new sculptural speaker installation will carry a KCSB stream as well as a curated program of transmission artworks by the Wireless artists and the UCSB Multicultural Center will screen Magic Radio, a film about the democratic power of radio in Niger, on November 16, 6 pm at the MCC Theatre. Admission to exhibition and the above listed associated events is free.


Elizabeth Lovero is a curator and writer, who is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College, New York, NY.


CAF’s exhibition Wireless is a collaboration between KCSB 91.9 FM, New Noise Music Foundation, and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum on the occasion of KCSB’s 50th anniversary and the New Noise Digital Music Conference & Festival 2011. Visit,, and for more information.

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