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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Why is the show called the Dead Hare Radio Hour?

Duncan McKenzie of Bad at Sports asked us the same thing:

We settled upon Dead Hare for a number of reasons.  It is in part an homage toJoseph Beuys and his work 1965 performance “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare.”

Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (26 November 1965),
performance documentation at Galerie Alfred Schmela, Düsseldorf. via e-flux

The image of the hare (living and dead) has populated works throughout the history of art.   One aspect of Beuys’ piece is the allusion to this presence and, by default, we’re doing the same.

a painting of a dead hare and partidges on a low wall

Dirk Valkenburg, Still life with dead Hare and Partridges 1717
via: wikimedia.org

In regard to Beuys’ piece, the homage we’re paying  is to an aspect of that work that Beuys certainly did not intend; the futility of it all.  The futility of discussing visual culture on the radio is our project.

Another appealing quality of the name is its opacity.   For those unaware of its reference to Beuys’ work it renders a fugitive image in the mind of the beholder.  Hare or hair?  Indeed, there’s a strong relationship between the genre of radio station one listens to and the hairstyle one sports on one’s head and we are honoring that synchronicity.

Also, Dead Hare has a lovely semblance of the term “dead air” – a constant reminder to us now we’re on the radio.

And no.  We don’t liken our audience to a dead hare.

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The Dead Hare Radio Hour is broadcast every OTHER Tuesday at 5pm (EDT) on 91.3 WVKR, Poughkeepsie, NY. 
The show will be streamed live on the WVKR website. 
Download Episodes of The Dead Hare Radio Hour via iTunes. 

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