Recent + Ongoing

b. 1961, Philadelphia/USA

I practice my radio art, organize other sound artists, and teach sound culture and production via online courses at The New School for Public Engagement (NYC).  I continue to be mesmerized by sounds and ocean smells and enormous trees in Northern California along the U.S. West Coast, where I live and return to from other geographies.

Email Contact:
joanschuman4@gmail.com

Support for the design of HyperAcousia is provided by a 2017 Develop Grant, Arts Council Santa Cruz County

recent broadcasts | festivals

2020, 2019, 2017, 2016 | Radiophrenia: A temporary art radio station, Centre for Contemporary arts, Glasgow (Woolgathering, 2020; Radiation Day: Conversation with Anna Friz, 2019; Ligature, 2017; Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust, 2016)
2020 | Wave Farm Radio Art Archive, selected as entry for ongoing collection of radio artistry, Karen Werner, Radio Art Fellow (Ligature)
2020 | The Lake Radio (Works for Radio #4/rotation), Koda Culture, Denmark  (Woolgathering, excerpt)
2020 | Audio Stew, WGXC-FM, Wave Farm (The Dream Had Me)
2020 | Radio for Open Ears, WGXC-FM, Wave Farm (Woolgathering)
2020 | Long Live the New Sound, a podcast for makers and listeners to share and hear work that experiments in sound (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust; Ligature; Radio Without Scaffolding, part 2; Woolgathering)
2020Dream Talker, Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne, Australia, independent, community radio, program host, Bec Fary (Woolgathering; Taboo Box; and The Dream Had Me/Earlid)
2020, 2019, 2017 | Datscha Radio: A garden in the air, live radio festival, held in a back-yard garden, Berlin (Hyperacousia, 2020; Ligature, 2019; Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust, 2017)
2019 | PRX Remix (Cicatrix)
2019 | Your Voices, Your Stories: Temporary community radio station, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust)
2019 | Blind Tourist: DJ Adriene Lilly, WFMU-FM, episode “Going Inside” (excerpts, Residence Elsewhere)
2019 | Wayback Sound Machine – A Sonic Constellation of Sounding Time, Compilation Part 2, Sonic Field, an interdisciplinary network of sonic arts, sound studies and aural culture (Intermix and Cicatrix featured)
2019 | Radio Compost, a radio /podcast project that focuses on acoustic ecology, seeking sounds of changes in the environment (This Beautiful Carcass)
2018 | Intermix 3, invited collaborator to ongoing performance project developed by UK artist Seth Guy
2018 | Fair_Play 2, compilation of 90 international women artists, launched at the Lieu Multiple in Poitiers, France, through public listening sessions (Daniela Cascella, The Scream)
2018 | Constellations, international experimental storytelling podcast, Toronto (Walking in Bad Circles)
2017 | Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art & the TransX Transmission Art Symposium, NAISA, Toronto (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust); Making Waves, Wave Farm/NAISA broadcast
2017 | Martian Gardens, modern classical and experimental music podcast (Walking in Bad Circles)
2015 | Spirit of the Forest, podcast of audio drama (Walking in Bad Circles)

ongoing curating

Founder of 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 — since 2015.

digital media collaborations

2020-2021; 2019-2020 (inaugural round) | Mentor, Radio Artist Fellowship: One of three mentors (along with Gregory Whitehead and Anna Friz) to invite, select, guide and evaluate Artist-Fellow in year-long engagement, Wave Farm/WGXC-FM, Radio for Open Ears.

Spring 2020 | Guest Critic, Sound & Space, Parsons School of Design, 5.1 surround works, freshman on-site/online hybrid semester.

Spring 2020 | Continued Engagement: Tips for Online Teaching; developed and led webinar for on-site faculty shifting to remote learning, Parsons School of Design and New School for Public Engagement (NSPE).

2018 | Organizer-moderator for Radio Without Scaffolding, Earlid’s second online gathering, with invitational presentations (improvised, mixed, composed, written) by eight experimenters exploring podcasting as a platform for creative, sonic ingenuity. Open-comment period, July 2018.

2018 | Intermix 3 (propositions for performance installation), an ongoing, collaborative performance project developed by artist Seth Guy; as invited collaborator, I responded aurally to what I saw through a voice-only composition.

2017 | Coordinator for Radio’s Art, an online gathering at Earlid, curating invitational presentations about critical media discourse on new and early forms of aural arts followed by open-comments, summer exhibit. Co-moderated with Gregory Whitehead; session presentation at Megapolis Audio Festival, Philadelphia; broadcast, WGXC-FM, Wave Farm, Acra, NY

2014 | Curator-Producer, The WHY Conversations, six international artist interview-portraits commissioned for 5-year Trickhouse retrospective, online curating arts space

2013 | Guest Curator, Listening as a Form of Activism, Trickhouse, featuring sound-artists Kevin T. Allen, Tessie Word, Maile Colbert Costa

2009 | Co-curator, Lo-Fi Radio @ NEXUS/Foundation for Today’s Art, with radio artist Cambra Moniz-Edwards (Philadelphia, remote sync in California)

2007 | Sound Editor, rural healthcare series, California Center for Rural Policy, KHSU-FM, Humboldt State University public radio

2004 | Curator, The Sound Lounge, artist headphone installation, Dinnerware Gallery and live performance event, Tucson, AZ

2003 | Story Editing Consultant, Laramie: Inside Out, Beverly Seckinger, Video Producer, Tucson, AZ

2003 | Sound Designer, Tokyo Equinox, Yuri Makino, Film Producer, Tucson, AZ

2000-2004 | Contributing Producer, Outright Radio, documentary series, David Gilmor, executive producer, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz + PRI – Public Radio International

1998-1999 | Radio Curating, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, CA
Acoustic Mining (13-part radio art series featuring unannounced drop-in sound narrative productions)
– Right Ear Dominant (13-part features of radio artists and excerpted works)

awards | grants
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 CountyDevelop 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

2008 | Part-Time Faculty Development Fund, The New School, travel grant to attend Third Coast Audio Festival

2000 | Golden Reel Award (first place), National Federation of Community Broadcasters, producer, Becoming a Man, Outright Radio

press + commissions
“The Dream Had Me,” review by Ann C. Collins, Brooklyn Rail, June 2020

“Joan Schuman, Audiophile,Public Radio Remix, PRX, curated hour of nine pieces, posted by Emily Corwin, Jan. 12, 2011

Lo-Fi Radio @ NEXUS/Foundation for Today’s Art, conversation and co-curation, Cambra Moniz-Edwards (Philadelphia, remote sync in California), 2009

“Radio~Sound~Art,” by Joan Schuman, Transom: A showcase and workshop for new public radio, March 1, 2001

“Residence Elsewhere,” commission, half-hour documentary, Inside Housing – series, , WBEZ-FM, Chicago, 2002

Outer Ear Festival of Sound, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, project commission, inaugural festival, 2000

New American Radio, independent radio art commission, Conversations With Jane, 1992-93

teaching + advising
2004-present | The New School for Public Engagement-School of Media Studies, New York
Part-time Assistant Professor (online faculty)
graduate and undergraduate online seminars and production courses in sound culture and radio experiments; course development; student advising (independent study, prior learning, thesis reader); distributed education platform management

2010-2013 | Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
Graduate Adviser – Low-Residency Program, Environmental Studies/Humanities – mentored graduate student throughout his MA program

2004 | Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
Mentor – new radio producer, building skills in interviewing, story development and production

2003-2004 | University of Arizona – School of Media Arts, Tucson, AZ
Guest Faculty – “Sound for Film,” Summer intensives, 3-credit production courses for BFA students learning Pro Tools production skills

2002 | Outright Radio, Tucson, AZ
Internship CoordinatorMentor to three university-based students to create features for national LGBTQ radio series; guidance on narrative development, field recording, interviewing and post-production

1998-2000 | Producer/Radio Trainer, Prime Time, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, CA

print | reporting | arts writing
2002-2006 | Writer/Editor, Tucson Weekly, Tucson, interviews with artists, writers, filmmakers, community activists; selecting, writing, editing calendar listings

2005 | City Reporter, Bisbee Observer, weekly articles covering US/Mexico border and government issues in border town, Bisbee, AZ

screening committees + panelist
2004 | Wingspan Film Festival, Wingspan Community LGBTQ Center, Tucson, AZ

2004 | Arizona Commission on the Arts, grants review panelist, Phoenix, AZ

2003 | Lesbian Looks Video Festival, University of Arizona, Media Arts

2000 | Haas Foundation, grants review panelist, San Francisco, CA

programming committees

2001 | Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago – inaugural year panel organizer, “Taking Risks in Radio” with Scott Carrier/PRI and Priya Ramu/CBC

2000 | KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, on-air programming committee

membership
2008-present | World Listening Project

2006-present | Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

1999-2005 | Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)

education
2000 | Masters of Fine Art: CADRE Laboratory for New Media
School of Art & Design, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1983 | Bachelor of Arts:
Temple University, American History, Philadelphia, PA

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