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Pyrite Radio: Dispatch | Performance

April 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pyrite Pirate Radio - video still

Pyrite Radio: Dispatch | Performance
Saturday, April 9 |  12-3 pm
18th Street Arts Center | Olympic campus
1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

In-person: Eventbrite

Join Peter Simensky and his Pyrite Pirate Radio in a live performance audio set that will feature local and regional sounds across Los Angeles and beyond. Pyrite, also known as Fool’s Gold, magically picks up AM frequency. For this performance, Pyrite Pirate Radio will broadcast AM transmissions played on a series of mobile radios, all handmade and designed by the artist using coiled copper wire, radio parts, and a pyrite stone. These radio sculptures will be used to transmit ideas, experiments, collaborations, community engagements, and interventions. For an afternoon, 18th Street Arts Center’s Olympic Campus will become a transmitter of sorts, both for community, critique, and culture.

This performance is part of Peter Simensky’s radio tour across the US, which expands his work on the project Pyrite Pirate Radio, a series of performances and workshops with sculptural pyrite radios and AM pirate transmissions.


Peter Simensky is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum 52, NY; Museum 500meter, Sapporo; The Swiss Institute, NY; and Project Row Houses, Houston. He is a recipient of La Tallera Siqueiros Residency, NYFA Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants, MacDowell Colony, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture to name a few. Simensky Chairs the Sculpture, Individualized, and Community Arts programs at CCA.

Image caption: Pyrite Pirate Radio (video still)


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18th Street Arts Center (18th Street Campus)
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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