Sunday, February 22nd 2015, 23:03 - 23:59, Ö1



Foto: Roberto Paci Dalò

„Art and Telecommunication -  Robert Adrian's 80ties Birthday“

by Armin Medosch

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a radio - installation

by Robert Adrian and Rupert Huber

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“My approach to the electronic networks is that of a visual artist.” 
Robert Adrian was born in Toronto, Canada, on 22 February 1935 and has been living in Vienna since 1972. The visual artist and pioneer of telecommunication art celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. Happy Birthday!

It is not only the international telecommunications projects he has conceived, for instance “The World in 24 Hours” (1982) and “WIENCOUVER IV” (1983), or the ostensibly easy accessibility, at least on the simplest level, of his pictures/sculptures of “poor materials” that has made Robert Adrian an important model for many artists, particularly of the younger generations. It is above all his theoretically founded way of working, of engaging in constructive collaboration and discussions.
Ö1 KUNSTRADIO, which was established in 1987, took its name from the KUNSTFUNK project organised by the group BLIX (Robert Adrian, Helmut Mark, Zelko Wiener). This network project had its headquarters in the Vienna Secession and not only resulted from the collaboration with international artists, but was also created together with radio amateurs who brought their satellite Oskar into the network.
Not least through the close collaboration with artists who participated in or were influenced by early telecommunications projects, Ö1 KUNSTRADIO was able to contribute on an international level to the new definition of radio art in the 90ies and it has also come up with a number of innovative projects.
2015 – 20 years of KUNSTRADIO ONLINE
The KUNSTRADIO homepage went online in April 1995. This was initially made possible by x-space, a Graz group of artists (Gerfried Stocker, Horst Hörtner, Martin Schitter), with a self-built server that soon was replaced by the provider, which was operated by artists (Helmut Mark, among others) and became the home of KUNSTRADIO ONLINE until 2004. In 1995 Robert Adrian created the basic structure and design of KUNSTRADIO ONLINE, which is still being used today. Until 2000 he managed the artist-staffed team of this website with strong personal commitment. It didn’t take long before KUNSTRADIO ONLINE became one of the most important and varied radio art homepages in the world.

Art and Telecommunication -  Robert Adrian's 80ties Birthday(mostly german)

by Armin Medosch 

In 2014 the Austrian artist, curator and author Armin Medosch interviewed Robert Adrian. Because of Robert Adrian's 80ties birthday Medosch has made a 20 minutes long contribution which is focussed on the telecommunications projects Robert Adrian has been involved and has initiated like The World in 24 Hours, 1982, Wiencouver IV, 1983, Kunstfunk, 1984, etc. 

Foto: gue schmidt

Applaus - Eine Installation fürs Radio (1996)

by Robert Adrian and Rupert Huber

There is not much to be said about this piece. It is simply pure applause without cause or content - applause as an object.

"Applaus" was recorded and produced in studio RP2 of the ORF for Kunstradio. It is entirely constructed from three short samples of three people clapping.

by Sergio Messina

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The Reach Of Children (If We Had Souls) - Art Birthday Sonic Extravaganza
Made by Sergio Messina
Music by Soslo (Painè Cuadrelli & Sergio Messina) & Steve Piccolo
Text & vocals by Steve Piccolo
With a Sample from Metaname (1999) with the Voice of Robert Adrian
Robert Adrians Homepage
Die Welt in 24 Stunden
Applaus - Kunstradio Classics 2
Infobahn Blues - Text von Robert Adrian
Kunstradio Radioart Manifest