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The event is part of the Big Concert Night at POSTCITY on SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 8 PM. Read more on
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Celebrating 30 years of radio art!

In the course of Ars Electronica’s Big Concert Night at POSTCITY, Ö1 Radiokunst—Kunstradio will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a two-hour live broadcast from 10.05 pm to 12 am on September 10 as part of the Ö1 Kunstsonntag on Österreich 1, the cultural radio channel of the Austrian state broadcaster (ORF).

Ö1 Kunstradio was founded in 1987 by Heidi Grundmann as a weekly space for radio art, and in 1995 Kunstradio Online— was founded by a group of artists.

Ö1 Kunstradio and the Ars Electronica festival can look back on a long history of conceiving and realizing innovative networked radio art projects such as Horizontal Radio in 1995, Rivers&Bridges in 1996, Sound Drifting in 1999 or Radiotopia in 2002. And already in 1989 the first Long Night of Radio Art took place as part of the Ars Electronica festival, which many others have followed over recent decades.

This year Ö1 Kunstradio together with the Anton Bruckner Private University and the Ars Electronica festival is organizing the Sonic Saturday symposium “Different Places” on September 9, 2017. Some of the participants such as Andres Bosshard and Anna Friz will perform on site and on air, while Kristen Roos joins in for the Ars Electronica’s big concert night on September 10, celebrating 30 years of radio art on Ö1 Kunstradio together with other artists and theorists.

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Kristen Roos (CA)

Anti-Wave examines the silent electromagnetic transmissions that are ubiquitous today. Roos receives these inaudible frequencies with devices that recognize them not as information but as something similar to the unwanted sounds that were heard in early radio reception. In receiving and translating these frequencies into audible sounds, Kristen Roos is interested in the process of dissecting the wireless devices that embody our lives, and exposing the relationships between people and the objects that inhabit their daily rituals.

Radiation Day

Anna Friz (CA)

This is the metamorphosis of Earth being: in the desert, around open-cast mines loom massively heaped and compacted slagheaps; evaporation ponds spread across the salt flats, and pipelines and power lines run alongside roads punctuated by truck transports and blowing dust. Copper, lithium, rare earths; mining the ingredients for wireless communication devices. Ancient geoglyphic inscriptions on the desert are dwarfed by deep industrial scars visible from satellites. But environments are also media, and bodies are recording devices. For days under the sun at high altitudes in northern Chile, we sought elemental media amidst the industrial continuum. A performance devised of infrastructural sounds, atmospheric signals and live electronics.

Video by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and the Arts Research Institute of the University of California Santa Cruz

Ho, Hei, Oho (a factory of memory)

Andres Bosshard (CH)

I will start my performance with the gentle rain of a thunderstorm, which has been recorded during the setup of Bill Fonatana’s piece simultaneous resonances for zeitgleich, Im Grunde lächelt der Himmel in Hall im Tirol 1995; I will perform a thunderstorm that was recorded during real time in Linz 1994, where Gerfried Stocker was playing Mia Zabelka’s robot in Graz together with Waldemar Rogojsza, who died in 2009; I will play a thunderstorm that was recorded on the rooftop of Radarama in Vrindaban 1997 together with Sam Auinger for the Echo of the Moon in Salzburg 1999 with Pauline Oliveros, who died in 2016; I will perform a thunderstorm recorded in Civitella d’Agliano 1994 together with Christof Carnelli, who died in 2013; I will play a 21-minute thunderstorm that will end with a trumpet signal of the sound pillars recorded in front of the Europahuset at Åboulevarden 3, in Aarhus in 2017.