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Air, Condition: Portraying the Unseen Landscape of Houston’s Radio Waves

Radio waves are passing through you right now, whether you like it or not (sorry). Some are generated by distant stars; others emanate from a nearby cell phone. And, of course, there are all those pesky radio stations. It’s an unseen yet significant part of Houston’s landscape. Capturing that landscape is the goal of a […]

Image Courtesy: Blaffer Art Museum

Radio waves are passing through you right now, whether you like it or not (sorry). Some are generated by distant stars; others emanate from a nearby cell phone. And, of course, there are all those pesky radio stations.

It’s an unseen yet significant part of Houston’s landscape.

Capturing that landscape is the goal of a new two-part exhibition by artist and University of Houston professor Abinadi Meza, called “Air, Condition“ (that’s not a typo; there’s a comma between those two words).

One part of the installation is sound only – that’s at the Blaffer Art Museum on the UH campus. The other is a video installation on the side of a building downtown. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty has more details.

(This story was produced in partnership with Houston Public Media’s Troy Schulze.)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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