Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Berlin event and new Errant Bodies release

Radio Territories

Derek Holzer (US/NL)
Jason Kahn (US/CH)
Brandon LaBelle (US/DK)
Friday, June 1st, 18:00 to 23:00 (works performed simultaneously throughout the building)
Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
Naunynstrasse 27

While changes in live streaming and digital networks have transformed the use and understanding of radio, the notion and act of live transmission through the air continues to inspire and haunt the auditory imagination. From the potential of spreading information undercover of legal borders to filling the airwaves with fugitive sound, radio may remain at the core of what it means to communicate through circuits.

Inspired by the radiophonic excesses and marginal acts, an evening of performative installations by sound artists working with and around radio and its medial aesthetics will be staged. Using the building of Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, the works will aim for the intimate, tactile, and personal, bending radio toward the micro-narratives of place. The event is also organized in celebration of the release of the new publication, Radio Territories (see below), containing essays, articles, documents and audio works by authors and artists on the subject of radio culture.

Errant Bodies Press in collaboration with Ground Fault - announces the release of
Edited by Erik Granly Jensen and Brandon LaBelle
Book + CD (264 pages) / ISBN: 978-0-9772594-1-0 / ¤25
To order contact: admin at errantbodies dot org / www.errantbodies.org

The legacy of radio and the arts has spawned forms of radical culture, from early Modernist notions of the "Wireless Imagination" and its subsequent vernacular tongues to Acoustic Ecology's call for "Radical Radio" based on removing the DJ, transmission and broadcast media upsets and redistributes understandings of place, corporeality, social exchange, and the politics of information. Such instances of radicality find their current expression in radio networking and streaming, which seek to counter or supplement forms of public broadcasting through creating unique forms of collectivity. In response to these current initiatives, Radio Territories seeks to open the book on radio's historical, medial, and aesthetical status.

Critical and creative essays by historians, media theorists, and radio producers, including Steve Goodman, Heidi Grundmann, Douglas Kahn, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, and Ellen Waterman, are coupled with artistic and activist projects, from such practitioners as Anna Friz, LIGNA, and apo33, with a view toward locating the expanding and deepening reach of radio. Presupposing an intrinsic relation between transmission and place, Radio Territories aims to examine in what ways physical and cultural geographies become both defined and unsettled by the powers of broadcast. While radio through the Modern period stitched together an electronic network by expanding outward, current radio may fulfill Marshall McLuhan's global idea of the "extended nervous system" by networking individual lives on a cellular level. Radio is not only out there in the ether, but also totally inside, as signals that intensify the stratifications of culture.

Including additional contributions by Kabir Carter, Sophie Gosselin/apo33, Erik Granly Jensen, Brandon LaBelle, Sophea Lerner, elpueblodechina a.k.a. Alejandra Pérez Núnez, Kate Sieper, James Sey, neuroTransmitter, Marie Wennersten / SR c, and Achim Wollscheid.

With audio works by apo33, Joe Banks, Steve Bradley, John Hudak & Joe Resinsel, elpueblodechina, Anna Friz, Jason Kahn, Kode9, Kristen Roos / Jackson 2Bears, SR c, Ellen Waterman, and James Sey / James Webb.

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