The "European Broadcasting Union" (EBU), with its headquarters in Geneva, is the world's largest professional association of national broadcasters. Originally founded in 1950, the EBU merged in 1993 with the "International Radio and Television Organization" (OIRT) - thereby expanding to 66 active members in 49 European and Mediterranean countries plus 51 associate members in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia.
The group of Ars Acustica experts, ARS ACUSTICA International, was constituted in 1988 at the EBU Radio Drama Conference in Florence. Its members are the editors and producers responsible for radio art productions in European, North American und Australian public broadcasting organisations.
The group holds one or two meetings each year in different places, more often than not in conjunction with radio art manifestations like "Audiobox" in Matera, "Makrofon" in Wroclaw, "Radio Beyond" in London, "Ciudades Invisibiles" in Madrid, "Wings of Sound" in Helsinki. At each meeting the group grew in numbers and in the strength of its identity based on strong convictions about the necessity for an art reflecting the development and change of radio in our society.
ARS ACUSTICA International serves as a node for the exchange of radio art productions, project proposals, for the exchange of information about activities and events in the field of media-art in the different countries, for the discussion of current trends in the theory and practice of radio-art and connected fields, and for the realisation of co-productions.
ARS ACUSTICA International Projects
In 1992 the group produced the CD "Ars Acustica EBU Selection 1991" and, in 1995, the double Audio CD, Ars Acustica International - EBU Selection 1994 that provides an overview of the aims and intentions - and achievements - of the Ars Acustica group.