[spectre] New podcast: Judy Dunaway talks about playing balloons

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Tue Jan 30 10:58:16 CET 2018

*New podcast: **Judy Dunaway* talks about tenor balloons, improvisation,
greyhound buses, Western music, the AIDS crisis, studying with Alvin
Lucier, working day-jobs and learning to play a well-tuned piano.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/judy-dunaway-main/capsula

Judy Dunaway <http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/judy-dunaway-main/capsula> began
using balloons as a preparation on her guitar in the late 80s. The
philosophies of John Cage, Fluxus and other avant-garde movements inspired
her to produce conceptual sound art and sonic performances using her own
body and balloons to make sounds.

The toy balloon – an instrument to celebrate the end of “high art” – had
previously been used by optimistic pioneers such as Charlotte Moorman,
Eugene Cardbourne, Mauricio Kagel and Anthony Braxton. But as Judy Dunaway
explains, the AIDS crisis affecting New York in the late 80s and early 90s
gave new significance to the use of latex. Dunaway coupled herself to a
musical instrument that, through touch, conveyed sensuality and at the same
time allowed her to confront the power structures behind sexual repression.

As well as performing as a balloon player in compositions by John
Zorn and Roscoe Mitchell, and collaborating with Annie Sprinkle, Diane
Torr, Yasunao Tone and numerous others, Dunaway has also created her own
works, often to do with social activism or cultural critique, in the field
of telematics and transmission art, sound installation and interactive

*00:00* Latex, balloons and AIDS
*10:48* A well-tuned piano in Mississippi
*19:15* Free improv, East Village
*23:58* Fluxus and Tone
*28:06* Working day jobs
*29:21* A balloon trio with Diane Torr
*32:37* At home with balloons
*35:29* Less is less: working with Alvin Lucier
*39:08* Christa Erickson at Stony Brook
*44:08* Hommage à Kenneth Noland
*47:05* A lack of inhibition
*48:51* The score of touch
*50:53* Held taut, melted and spread out into an orb
*52:37* Sexuality, sensuality, Sprinkle
*54:07* Discrimination and drag kings
*57:15* You need to make some new friends, dude.


+ you may also enjoy our podcast with Alvin Lucier
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