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Ars Acoustica Group

Ars Acustica Group


In 2007 the Ars Acustica group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties for the third time. Most of their contributions take 100 years of radio as a point of reference and will be broadcast within the framework of this year's EBU Ars Acustica Special Evening. Radio's 100th anniversary goes back to the first wireless transmission of sound and voice by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden on Christmas Eve 1906. This transmission was the starting point from which
"Fessenden went on to develop the theory and practice of continuous wave transmission that we use today for AM and FM radio broadcasts." (Peter Courtemanche).

For this international event, the Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents which are contributed as sound "presents". Via ISDN-lines or the Internet the contributions are collected at two main points, in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR), where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications.

Satellite Schedules
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Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:15 Live from Stockholm (SR)
19:15 – 19:45 Live from Madrid (RNE) 
19:45 – 20:15 Live from Florence (RAI) 
20:15 – 20:45 Live from Dortmund (WDR) 
20:45 – 21:15 Live from Helsinki (YLE) 
21:15 – 21:45 Live from Brussels (RTBF) 
21:45 – 22.15 Live from Paris (Radio France) 
22:15 – 22:30 Live from Moscow (Radio Russia)
22:30 – 22:55 Live from Stockholm (SR) 

Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:30 Live from Hainburg, Austria (IMA)

19:30 – 20:00 Live from Zagreb (Croatian Radio)

Art's Birthday Party live from Zagreb (Croatian Radio)

In the place where we are, still looking for some relation that would bind us to each other. Even without words, even without movement, always speaking, always moving and imperceptibly desiring each other without desire. (Maurice Blanchot: "Awaiting Oblivion")

Taking a point of departure from the idea of synchronous reception and telesthetic homogenization of sonic space under the condition of transmission in real-time, the event will allow listeners to participate in the events regardless of their physical absence. They will become part of the event as much as the immediate actors - the performers and the audience.

Using the voices and sound produced on site in combination with pre-recorded materials to create an environment intriguing both for the broadcast audience that will have access to the whole of the work and the audience present in the space that will not be able to follow the whole performance bit will experience only parts of the mosaic-performance of fragments performed.

We propose to return to Robert Filliou's idea of a network of friends on two levels - within the EBU Art's Birthday broadcast and in a more intimate setting of an event with an audience throughout the performance space.

The performance will join together a number of local artists - musicians, performance artists, dramaturges, multimedia and visual artists - both professionals and students in a live, mostly improvised, radio play of words and sounds, layers of music and cracks of silence, laughter and spontaneous noise bursts.
Manipulation of found and created sound with contrasting textual and vocal interventions filtered through the distortion of the megaphone, gramophone needle and weak lo-fi speakers, but also digital sound editing in real time.

Broadcast from Gallery Nova (or another Downtown gallery), an independent gathering site of the local art scene.

Ivan Marusic-Klif

is a multimedia artist from Zagreb. He graduated from the School of Audio Engineering in Amsterdam. He makes light-providing objects and installations; occasionally he makes set designs for theatre performances, films and TV. As a composer, sound technician and producer he creates music, noises and makes sound production for theatre, film and television but also for artistic projects of other authors. Since 1996 he works in the field of interactive installations, robotics and interactive video. He had exhibitions and performed in Croatia and Europe. He was awarded at the Youth Salon in 2001.

Ivana Ivkovic

studies at the Department of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb. She is a member of the editorial board of Frakcija Magazine for Performing Arts and also collaborates with the 3rd Program of Croatian Radio, several publications, the Center for Drama Art and works as the general coordinator of Zagreb - Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000, a project jointly organized by Zagreb's eight independent cultural organizations from the fields of performing arts, new media, visual arts, architecture and theory. She collaborates as dramaturge with two Zagreb based independent companies – oour and BADco.

and others participating…

20:00 – 20:30 Live from Prague (Czech Radio)
20:30 – 21:00 Live from Bratislava (Slovak Radio) 
21:00 – 21:30 Live from Belgrade (RTS Radio Belgrade) 
21:30 – 21:40 Live from St. Barbara (August Black) 
21:40 – 22:00 Live from Antwerp (Radio-No-Radio) 
22:00 – 22:20 Live from Netherlands (VPRO)
22:20 – 22:40 Live from Vienna (ORF) 
22:40 – 23:00 Live from Vancouver (Western Front)