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  • Joan Schuman

    Part-time Assistant Professor


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Joan Schuman


    Independent radio producer and sound artist of narrative documentary; works presented in the U.S., Europe, UK, Australia, and Canada via online venues, virtual appearances, festivals, broadcasts, gallery installations, CD compilations; curator of sound art for HyperAcousia and founder and curator at Earlid.

    Degrees Held

    MFA, San Jose State University

    Recent Publications

    Radio Without Scaffolding: international online forum/interviews with 8 contributing experimenters in podcasting, including Love + Radio and Constellations, summer 2018, Earlid

    Radio's Art: international online forum, 10 contributors, PDF of essays and 100+ comments, co-moderated with Gregory Whitehead, summer 2017, Earlid

    The WHY: Conversations (2014), with Noah Saterstrom, Caroline Bergvall, Kevin Allen, Alexandra Eldridge, Helen White, Ed Bowes, guest curator, Trickhouse

    Listening as a Form of Activism: Kevin Allen, Maile Colbert and Tessie Word, (2013), guest curator, Trickhouse

    Performances and Appearances

    Intermix, (propositions for performance installation), collaborative performance with UK interdisciplinary artist, Seth Guy, LAB451, fall 2018

    Long Live the New Sound podcast of experimental sound, 2018
    Fair_Play 2, 90 international women artists, Lieu Multiple in Poitiers, France, public listening sessions, 2018

    Constellations, experimental storytelling podcast, Toronto, 2018

    Datscha Radio: A garden in the air, live radio festival, held in a back-yard garden, Berlin, 2017

    "Radio's Art," at Megapolis Audio Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Wave Farm's 20th-anniversary live broadcast on WGXC-FM Sept. 2017

    Sound, people, animals and environments: A Sound Response
    Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art & the TransX Transmission Art Symposium, Toronto, Canada, 2017

    Radiophrenia: A temporary art radio station, Centre for Contemporary arts, Glasgow, Scotland, 2017, 2016

    Founder, Earlid, an international online museum of various sound- and media-makers. Themed, quarterly exhibits; contextualized essays; sonic portraits/interviews/dialogues; annual open submission calls based on sound or theme (2015-present)

    Research Interests

    • sound art, sound culture, listening theory
    • creative radio, narrative design, production concepts
    • environment, natural/man-made disaster, media response
    • listeners, media makers, audiences
    • curating digital media

    Awards And Honors

    2018 | Radio Art Residency, (one of 8 finalists out of 150 applicants), invitational, international fellowship, Radio Corax, Halle/Saale, Germany, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut

    2018 | USA Fellowship, finalist (anonymous nomination)

    2017 | Arts Council Santa Cruz County – Develop Grant, support for web portfolio re-design, HyperAcousia

    2017 | Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, Provost’s Office, one of 13 semi-finalists (out of 189 nominations)

    2010 | Sloan Foundation Development Grant, online technologies and pedagogy, The New School




    Current Courses

    History of Radio

    Independent Production (Fall 2019)

    Narratives in Sound

    Radio Experiments

    Sound Culture

    Sound Culture (Fall 2019)

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