Friday May 20: Radical Radio
Exploring radio as technology, concept, and practice; reflecting on its history for facilitating democratic expression; and looking to radio’s future as an evolving sound medium for artists, documentarians, musicians, educators, and performers. Within an event space transformed as a multi-channel low-watt radio installation – with a sonic basis of manipulations of the atomic clock – four distinct artists will provide commentary on how the traditions of radio inform the modern application of sound: radio artist and composer Anna Friz on the historical theory and practice of the art of radio transmission; transmission artist Jeff Kolar on using current considerations for radio as an apparatus for sonification of the electromagnetic spectrum; screenwriter and radio producer Sharon Mashihi on the performance of audio narrative; and audio artist Kaitlin Prest on theoretical possibilities for podcasting as an art form. These analyses will be supported through performances by these artists in pairs, exhibiting the cross-disciplinary aspects of radio practice: Friz and Kolar will perform radio as instrument, giving subtle treatment to the airwaves and unstable circuits from which highly detailed landscapes emerge; and Prest and Mashihi will perform radio as theatre to launch an investigation into sound, object, and the ways that human beings torment themselves. (Event pre-empted by a soundwalk led by Friz.)
Saturday May 21: Borderless Radio
Led by Shani Aviram and Justin Grotelueschen of MEGAPOLIS, this participatory discussion for novice-to-seasoned event producers, curators, and artists will broach the idea of radio not just as a participatory medium, but as a platform for multidisciplinary events that transcend typical boundaries yet accentuate a unique space and location. The moderators will present tangible examples from previous festivals, broadcasts, gatherings, and other unique events that enhanced site-specific elements and promoted psychogeographic practices in order to push audiences to experience beyond time and place. Audience members are encouraged to bring examples from existing events as well as new concepts for pushing audiences to listen and to create within multidisciplinary environments. Preceding the discussion the moderators will unapologetically subject audience members to an experimental interactive exercise using even more experimental audio/radio technologies and concepts.