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In the world of modern electronic music and sound art, Ultra-red distinguish themselves for their intrepid blend of political commitment and innovative sound. Rejecting both self-satisfied formalism and convenient political posturing, Ultra-red have for over ten years pursued a precarious but dynamic exchange between art and political organizing. Collectively, the Los Angeles-based group has produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations and pubic space occupations (ps/o). Working within a variety of urban ambiences, Ultra-red have investigated the spaces of needle exchange (Soundtrax, 1992 - 1996), public sex (Second Nature, 1995 - 1998), public housing (Structural Adjustments, 1997 - Present), resistance to global capital (Value System, 1998 - Present), labor (Social Factory, 1997 - 2002) and education (School of Echoes, 2001 - Present). Throughout each of these efforts, Ultra-red have pursued two aesthetic-political objectives: to explore acoustic space as enunciative of social relations and, secondly, to radicalize the conventions of electro-acoustic art. Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Ultra-red have expanded over the years to include activists and organizers from a variety of social movements both in Los Angeles and abroad. In 2004, on their tenth anniversary, the four members of the group launched a restructuring of Ultra-red into an aesthetic-political organization. The newly reorganized Ultra-red permits a greater diversity of projects and campaigns on a local and international level, with multiple groups and alliances taking up the Ultra-red moniker. Ultra-red has established partnerships with community-based organizations like the Union de Vecinos in East Los Angeles and, internationally, with Ballymun Women's Resource Centre in Dublin, Ireland and the Germany-based migration and anti-racist network Kanak Attak. In addition to these groups, a number of artists have entered into tactical and provisional alliances with Ultra-red for purposes of specific and on-going cooperation. Some of these artists include Eddie Peel (of Sony Mao and Needle), Elliot Perkins (fka Phonem), Terre Thaemlitz, and others. To offer an outlet for the release of projects to come out of these alliances, in 2004 Ultra-red launched Public Record, a fair-use on-line archive for audio, text, image and video documents. Since the late 1990s, Ultra-red have featured the following four artist-activists: Elizabeth Blaney (artist, organizer, Union de Vecinos), Pablo Garcia (musician, organizer, Valley Family Technology Project), Dont Rhine (artist, AIDS activist), and Leonardo Vilchis (artist, organizer, Union de Vecinos). Accessed 5.11.06 from http://www.ultrared.org/mission.html
22 Selected Statements
      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Soundtrax - - 1992 USA Edit
An Archive Of Silence SoundWork PR No. 2.04.002 Release Date: September 1, 2006 Artist: Ultra-red Title: An Archive Of Silence Series: The AIDS Uncanny 1994 USA Edit
Second Nature - Los Angeles’ Center for Photographic Study and Foundation for Artists’ Resources 1995 USA Edit
Structural Adjustments - Other projects include the radio broadcast, “Geography of Exchange,” a collaboration with Susan Otto presented in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the international audio arts festival, SoundCulture 99. 1997 USA Edit
Social Factory - Public Space in West Hollywood, Steirischer Herbst 99 in Graz, Austria, Casa Serralves in Porto, Portugal and Sonar 2001 in Barcelona, Spain. 1997 USA Edit
Value System - unspecified 1998 USA Edit
Dont Rhine Installation SoundCulture ‘99. Artspace Gallery, Auckland 1999 New Zealand Edit
Play Los Jornaleros del Norte SoundWork PR No. 2.02.001 Release Date: December 1, 2004 Artist: Ultra-red Title: Play Los Jornaleros del Norte Series: Transistors 2001 USA Edit
border sounds SoundWork PR No. 2.02.005 Release Date: April 1, 2005 Artist: WR Title: border sounds Series: Transistors 2001 Various East European countries Edit
School of Echoes - Echo Park and Central Los Angeles 2001 USA Edit
Play Kanak Attak SoundWork PR No. 2.02.003 Release Date: February 1, 2005 Artist: Ultra-red Title: Play Kanak Attak Series: Transistors 2001 Germany Edit
BLOK70:Translations SoundWork PR No. 2.02.007 Release Date: August 21, 2006 Artist: Various Title: BLOK70:Translations Series: Transistors 2004 Serbia Edit
The Debt SoundWork PR No. 2.03.011 Release Date: May 1, 2005 Artist: Ultra-red Title: The Debt Series: The Debt 2004 Ireland Edit
BLOK70:Translations SoundWork PR No. 2.02.007 Release Date: August 21, 2006 Artist: Various Title: BLOK70:Translations Series: Transistors 2004 Serbia Edit
Articles of Incorporation SoundWork PR No. 2.01.006 Release Date: October 1, 2004 Artist: Ultra-red Title: Articles of Incorporation Series: Articles of Incorporation 2004 USA Edit
BLOK70 SoundWork PR No. 2.02.006 Release Date: June 30, 2006 Artist: Ultra-red Title: BLOK70 Series: Transistors 2004 Serbia Edit
Movement for Airports Transistors Remixes SoundWork PR No. 2.02.004 Release Date: March 1, 2005 Artist: Various Title: Movement for Airports Transistors Remixes Series: Transistors 2005 USA Edit
Movement for Airports Transistors Remixes SoundWork PR No. 2.02.004 Release Date: March 1, 2005 Artist: Various Title: Movement for Airports Transistors Remixes Series: Transistors 2005 USA Edit
Not A Matter Of If But When 3 Video Work PR No. 2.05.003 Release Date: February 15, 2006 Artist: The Speculative Archive Title: Not A Matter Of If But When 3 Series: Documents from the Speculative Archive 2005 USA Edit
Encuentro SoundWork PR No. 2.01.011 Release Date: October 1, 2006 Artist: Various Title: Encuentro Series: Articles of Incorporation 2006 USA Edit
Plaza Mariachi SoundWork Oasis Sonoro exhibit in Mexico City. Artist: Union de Vecinos Title: Plaza Mariachi Series: Transistors 2006 Mexico Edit
A Silence Broken SoundWork PR No. 2.04.001 Release Date: February 1, 2006 Artist: Various Title: A Silence Broken Series: The AIDS Uncanny 2006 USA Edit