The Zero Hour is a participatory radio performance that transforms the city streets into a laboratory for experiments in subliminal communication. Using the Art Central atrium as a control base station, the artists transmit a live broadcast to the audience through special “state-of-the-art” mobile headgear: tinfoil hats outfitted with radio receivers and wireless microphones. These DIY devices allow the audience to eavesdrop on sounds culled from historic and contemporary airtime propaganda, instructional training tapes, music, as well as their own voices.
Stephanie Rothenberg is an artist and educator working at the intersection of art and technology. She has lectured and exhibited throughout the USA and internationally, and was recently awarded an Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence and a 103point9 Airtime residency. She is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo.
Suzanne Thorpe is an electro-acoustic flautist and sound artist. She is a founding member of Mercury Rev, and can currently be heard as part of thenumber46 and The Wounded Knees. She works as the Curator of the Edison Media Project at the Schenectady Musuem in Upstate New York, and Curator of Special Projects for the Electronic Music Foundation, New York.