For ten years Ultra-red has nurtured relationships with social movements based on the direct political experiences of the group’s members. Through projects like STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENTS, PLAY KANAK ATTAK and SILENT|LISTEN, Ultra-red take up the acoustic mapping of contested spaces and histories as a way of establishing an exchange between ourselves as organizers and communities in struggle.
Working in a variety of urban ambiences, Ultra-red explore acoustic space as enunciative of social relations. Ultra-red pursue a dynamic exchange between art and political organizing producing radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, and installations. Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Ultra-red have expanded to include activists and organizers from different social movements in Los Angeles and abroad. For SURVEYING THE FUTURE, Ultra-red will feature four artists drawn from different social movements.
For the exhibition Ear Appeal and “Ear Appeal on air”, Manuela Bojadžijev (Berlin) and Dont Rhine (Los Angeles) are collaborating.
Manuela Bojadžijev is an activist with Kanak Attak based in Frankfurt am Main,. Founded in 1997, Kanak Attak is an antiracist group with chapters throughout Germany including Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg. From 1995 to 1997 Bojadžijev was part of the editorial collective of the quarterly magazine "Die Beute". Recently, she completed her Ph. D. titled, "Struggles of Migration." Her research encompasses and combines racism theory and migration history. Bojadžijev has collaborated within Ultra-red since 2001 on a number of projects including PLAY KANAK ATTAK. Most recently, Bojadžijev participated in Ultra-red's BLOK70, a two-year project that investigates changes in migrant politics in ex-Yugoslavia.
Dont Rhine co-founded Ultra-red in 1994. As an activist, Rhine has worked with a variety of social movements including ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Clean Needles Now (needle exchange), and Pride at Work / AFL-CIO (queer labor). Rhine’s work as an artist and teacher seeks to develop a sound-art theory and practice informed by conceptual art and his experiences as a political organizer. As Information Secretary for the Ultra-red organization, Rhine has participated most recently in the group's HIV/AIDS performances SILENT|LISTEN and the migrant investigation project BLOK70.