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Art’s Birthday 2007: Adore and be still.
100 years of radio

Art's Birthday Party is a celebration in memory of Robert Filliou who declared, on January 17 1963, that Art had been born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. After Filliou's death in 1987, some artists began to celebrate Art's Birthday in the spirit of  his concept of "The Eternal Network" or "La Fete permanente". The  Birthday parties took place in different cities across the world, and artists were asked to bring birthday presents for Art – works that could be shared over the network.

On Christmas 1906, on the other hand, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden undertook the very first radio broadcast of voice and music. Luckily, he had the foresight to time his experiment exactly, its 100th anniversary practically coinciding with the 1,000,044th birthday of Art. We therefore ask you to join Kunstradio's celebration of this stunning fact. We invite you to search your own territories for further firsts in radio history. Premieres of different kinds; the first transmission in stereo, the start of a series of brilliant shows, the first time you listened to the radio, the first time they played 'your' song, the first time you were broadcasting, were on air.

Soundfiles of these broadcasts we ask you to upload here: Upload Tool

Feeding on your individual sonic archives and this database of numerous people's special radio moments you can then assemble your own radiophonic versions of our medium's history. These we invite you to stream to our party in Vienna on January 17th, 2007. We will re-mix and further distribute your streams via our live Kunstradio broadcast on the cultural channel of Austrian National Radio Ö1, as well as in our slot on the EBU satellite.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us under:

Please feel free to spread the word! This is the party you can bring along as many people and presents as you like!

More about Art's Birthday can be found here:


\\\ The short version:

What do we want?
A present. Not for us, for Art's birthday.

Which present?
Your radio's history. Or: Your history of radio.

Streamed, mailed, sent, posted, uploads here from december, 6th 2006

mp3 files, live-streams, images, webcams, ..

January 17th, 2007 from 20:00 - 24:00 CET, 19:00 - 23:00 GMT

To celebrate.

Art's Birthday.

"Whispered Art History" by Robert Filliou,
produced in 1977 in the studio of the New Wilderness Foundation, N.Y.