April 9 – May 28, 2017
Contributions by: Tania Bruguera, Krudas Cubensi, Ted Henken, Hanny Mirin, and Chris Stover
los contenedores (no) son mejores vacíos is a research and curatorial online radio program which broadcast music that has been fundamentally impacted, in content and circulation, by the political history of Cuba.
By adopting the political potential of broadcasting and digital media, the program utilizes online radio as a platform to provide alternative perspectives on the effects of the Cuban Revolution. Against a backdrop of a growing demand for more accessible WiFi, a number of Cubans on the island and abroad are taking to the Internet via blogs, social media sites, and USB thumb drives to publish and circulate their daily social and political experiences.
Tuning into instances of Cuban music, from the history of Hip-Hop to the growth of Electronic music, multiple episodes act as a gateways into the contexts in which these forms of musical expressions and experiences arose and operate from. Experimenting with the transmissions of playlists and interviews, modes of popular music are listened to as a means to which explore the potential futurities of Cuba amidst an uncertain political, economical, and social present.
los contenedores (no) son mejores vacíos programming can be accessed via Bard College’s WXBC and contenedoresnoson.net (Live on April 9th).
Produced by Lola Martinez