Christopher Albert and Matthew Slaats bring you into the world of visual art and culture in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond. An intermittently produced podcast featuring interviews with artists and curators and featuring sound works.


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On this episode, we have a special audio project.  To observe the tenth anniversary of Dia:Beacon, we have an old timey radio drama...kind of.....ok, not really.  What it is is a documentation, through interpretive readings, of reviews of Dia:Beacon which have been posted on over the past eight years.  Yelp, in its current form has been around since early 2005 and the first posted review of Dia:Beacon dates to April of that year, and to date, 80 reviews have since been posted.  This project documents these reviews as a collective barometer of this museum 10 years after opening its doors.

As with the authorities in the film Rashomon who try to discern the truth behind a murder through the incongruous testimonies of the participants, our aim is to triangulate the essence of the museum through the divergent first hand accounts of visitors who thought enough of their experience to voice their critiques and share their suggestions online for the benefit of the rest of us. 

We begin this episode with audio from the Decomposer project, performed as part of Collaborative Concepts annual Farm Project at Saunder's Farm in Garrison, NY on Aug 29, 2013.  This year's  exhibit remains on view through Oct 26. 

Kay Larson's book, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and, the Inner Lives of Artists, planted a seed in Thomas Huber's mind which grew into Decomposer, with the help of Matt Frieburghaus and Laura Kaufman.  An exhibit revolving around John Cage's work 4'33" went on exhibit this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York - There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33"

We want to thank the readers who agreed to participate in this project:

Rich Armstrong

Ilka Omdahl

Angelika Rinnhofer

Anthony Easton

Lorrie Fredette

Desiree Maikranz

Peter Teraberry

Matt Stolle

Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink

Cynthia Nalley

Fritz Zernike

Hadrian Dussoix

Yoko Malbos

Olga Dekalo

Jack Siman


Steve or Steven Read

Laetitia Wolff

Amanda Morales  



Direct download: show_43_diabeacon_10.mp3
Category:Shows -- posted at: 9:18am EST

Last December Chris sat down with Ariane Koek to learn about Collide@CERN, the artist residency program she created which pairs artists and scientists in creative collisions at CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider just outside Geneva, Switzerland.

Click here to hear this episode.


Some links related to our conversation with Ariane:


ArtsAtCERN twitter acct


- on Hyperallergic

Ariane's blog Beauty Quark

Ars Electronica 

Applications for the digital arts residency are being accepted until Sept 26, 2013.

Julius Von Bismarck

Gilles Jobin

Bill Fontana

The Universe of Sounds talks by Bill Fontana and Subodh Patil on July 4, 2013

Bill Fontana on Bad at Sports

LHC Sound - the two sound works, Higgs Jet Simple and Calorimeter EndCaps from the LHC sound library.

Chris Drury 

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler

Chris' Geneve Journal Kickstarter campaign which took him to Geneva in the first place.







Direct download: show_42_ariane_koek.mp3
Category:Shows -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Joseph Bertolozzi is a composer/musician based in Beacon, NY - and he's currently in Paris taking samples of sounds from the Eiffel Tower.  On the eve of his departure for Paris, Joseph spoke with Chris about Tower Music and his previous project, Bridge Music which had him similarly swinging mallets at the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie NY.  

In this episode we hear a sampling of tracks from Bertolozzi's 2009 release on the Delos label, which is available wherever fine music is sold, including on Joe's website, and Amazon.

This recording trip to the Eiffel Tower will continue through this week and it's documented extensively on the Tower Music Facebook page.  

After his conversation with Joseph, Chris mentions the project for an upcoming episode of DHR for which we are asking folks to submit recordings of themselves doing dramatic readings of Yelp reviews of Dia:Beacon.  Details on how you too can participate can be found here.

Finally, visit to see and support their effort to contest what appears to be an overreaching claim of patent protection that, if upheld could have a chilling effect on the world of podcasting.

Perhaps not simply by chance, This American Life revisits their previous show about patent enforcement and touches on this current podcasting related issue.

Direct download: show_41.mp3
Category:Shows -- posted at: 12:00am EST

We're inviting you to participate in creating our next episode coming up in May.  Visit our for details on how you can get your voice on the program.  May 13, 2013 is the deadline.

Direct download: Call_for_your_participation.mp3
Category:Announcements -- posted at: 9:53am EST

A Roxy Paine tree welcomes visitors to Crystal Bridges.


Carolina Miranda is back on the Dead Hare Radio Hour (she was the program's very first guest.)  In a conversation recorded in May 2012, Carolina Chris to discuss the Crystal Bridges Museum which opened in November of 2011 in Bentonville, AR. 

 Devorah Sperber's take on the Last Supper.

Carolina's Crystal Bridges photo diary on her blog, includes images of several of the works discussed.

Carolina's most recent radio piece for NPR on the artist Llyn Foulkes.

A recent update on the Walmart bribery scandal in Mexico.

NPR's series on art destinations.


Martin Johnson Heade's exquisite paintings of rain forest orchids, butterflies and humming birds.


Vik Muniz responds to Heade's orchid paintings.

This Washington Examiner story states that the 600,000 Crystal Bridges visitors in the museum's first year is double the expected number.


A Wall Street Journal story on the Mark Rothko painting, No. 234/ No. 234, recently acquired by Crystal Bridges

Inside the Precious Moments Chapel.

More images from Chris' visit to the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO. can be found in his photo album.


Finally, this episode  wraps up with a short anecdote from Peter Acheson (Show #30 & #36 ) about an encounter he and his buddy Chris Martin had while hiking in Colorado.

Direct download: Episode_40.mp3
Category:Shows -- posted at: 12:36am EST

After a long hiatus, a new podcast episode.

Matthew and I visited the studio of Jomar Statkun to speak with him, Jared Friedman and Christopher Stackhouse about This Red Door.

The artists have re-mustered to bring This Red Door into its 2nd iteration at Kunsthalle Galapagos in DUMBO in Brooklyn through January 27th.

PS 122

Kenji Fujita

Incident Report, Hudson, NY.

Video of Kara Walker's TRD talk.

This episode closes with Willie Survive's remix and rap over Jomar's Chinese Painting sound piece.

More links relevant to our conversation are forthcoming.

Direct download: show_39_ThisRedDoor.mp3
Category:Shows -- posted at: 12:00am EST