27th - 29th May 2009, ORF Funkhaus, Studio 2, 1040 Vienna, Austria
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KUNSTRADIO - RADIOKUNST

20 years of Ars Acustica – Listening to the future!
International EBU Ars Acustica meeting in Vienna * Performance von José Iges & Concha Jerez

 


 

Founded in 1989, the Ars Acustica Group promotes, initiates and coordinates activities concerning radio art and sound art. It consists of editors and producers of radio art and sound art at public broadcasting corporations within the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Representatives of the members take part in the annual Ars Acustica meeting 2009 in Vienna, hosted by ORF Kunstradio.

On the occasion of this meeting and as an homage to the 20 years of Ars Acustica, Kunstradio presents a radioperformance by José Iges and Concha Jerez, open to the public and free of charge:

“RADIO NO-MAN'S LAND”

on air – on line – on site performance by Concha Jerez und José Iges

Wednesday, 27th May 2009, 8pm Studio 3, ORF Funkhaus, Studio 2, 1040 Vienna, Austria


One of two authors-performers plays rolling a virtual dice over the board of a Parcheesi game, projected on the screen, and moving the counter on the board is activating different behaviors. In some squares there are soundfiles of well-known Radio Art works, in some other the performer receives audio instructions to play, other squares contain links with webpages of freeradios or with radio stations belonging to the Ars Acustica group, in other squares some colleagues give their personal definition of Ars Acustica. And among other surprises the performer could find concrete sound effects like crashing glasses, cheap imitations of animals, laughter, whisperings, non-sense speaking...

“We are revisiting documents of Sound Art and Radio Art which belongs to everyone. They are monuments, but in a sense they have become ready-mades: objects of functional use industrially reproduced by different media, including Radio. And of course we do an Ars Acustica tribute to its 20th anniversary.”

Apart from these documents, the second performer is almost permanently mixing some other excerpts of radio art works provided by different people belonging to Ars Acustica and chosen specially as examples of "radio-on-radio" works, in which the message of the artist or composer himself is the message of the media.
 
Performance supported by Instituto Cervantes de Viena: http://viena.cervantes.es


Statement by Erik Mikael Karlsson, EBU Ars Acustica Coordinator
In an era where technological advances such as surround-sound, telecommunications and digital interactivity have been put at the disposal of artists, producers and broadcasters, the EBU Ars Acustica Group makes it its main mission to bring new, thrilling and exciting listening experiences to the audience - listening experiences pointing towards the future.
The Ars Acustica Group within the European Broadcasting Union promotes, initiates and coordinates activities concerning radio art and sound art. New and young generations of listeners are continuously discovering the radio as an artistic platform and medium. The EBU Ars Acustica Group wants to bring all listeners an art form that moves to the heartbeat of our future and uses modern technology, interactivity and advanced media art to bring extraordinary listening sensations to a European audience. All around the world, radio art and sound art are becoming increasingly and rapidly popular. Today, djs, artists, composers and musicians of different genres have made this a natural and necessary art form in our modern society - creating a vibrant and exciting world of sound, music and interaction. Radio art and sound art are no longer just narrow and experimental forms of art - they are in a broader sense ever changing forms of expression that attract new listeners in search of progressive and creative inventiveness in public broadcasting - a place for the artistic spirit.
We have a heritage in radio art and sound art to be proud of. Radio art and sound art form an important chapter in our common cultural history, and the EBU Ars Acustica Group wants to share this common acoustical heritage with listeners by disseminating information about the history of radio and sound art as well as broadcasting famous works from our history. The EBU Ars Acustica Group will continue to give listeners new and exciting experiences in the fantastic world of public broadcasting - we will always be listening to the future!
 
The history of the EBU Ars Acustica Group
The EBU Ars Acustica Group was founded in 1989 at the EBU Radio Drama Conference in Florence, Italy. The group consists of editors and producers of radio art and sound art at public broadcasting corporations within the European Broadcasting Union.
The EBU Ars Acustica Group is a forum for discussion, promotion and production devoted to radio art and sound art within the European Broadcasting Union. The work of the EBU Ars Acustica Group has helped develop European and international meetings, festivals and events for radio such as "Radio Beyond" (London, 1992), "Ciudades Invisibles" (Madrid, 1992), "Wings of Sound" (Helsinki, 1993), "Horizontal Radio" (1995), "Rivers & Bridges" (1996) as well as the "EBU Art's Birthday Party" (2005), which involved simultaneous live broadcasts with sound artists, djs, composers and musicians from a number of European cities via the EBU satellite, telephone lines and the Internet reaching an audience of more than 200 million listeners.
The EBU Ars Acustica Group serves as a node for the exchange of radio art productions, project proposals and the exchange of information about activities and events in media art in different countries. It stimulates and encourages discussion of current trends in theory and practice of radio art and connected fields, and the realization of co-productions between broadcasting corporations. It is strongly convinced of the necessity of an art form reflecting the development of radio and broadcasting in our society.

Chairmen/Coordinators of the EBU Ars Acustica Group:
Klaus Schöning (WDR, Germany) 1990-93
Heidi Grundmann (ORF, Austria) 1993-99
José Iges (RNE, Spain) 1999-2005
Erik Mikael Karlsson (SR, Sweden) 2005-


Links:
http://www.ebu.ch/en/radio/euroradio_classics/arsacustica/





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