100 YEARS OF RADIO – The Return of Wireless Imagination
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 – Kunstradio’s Art’s Birthday Party 2007
ORF Kulturcafe, Argentinierstrasse 30a, 1040 Vienna
8 p.m. – open end, FREE ENTRY
contributors on site:
11 p.m. – 2 a.m., Ö1 (FM 92.0, MW 1476, SW)
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With regards to the fact that the first radio “show” mixing music and spoken word was successfully broadcast 100 years ago, Kunstradio wants to commemorate this exciting moment of radio’s history; luckily Radio’s birthday more or less coincides with that of Art :-), so we’ll not only be celebrating 1,000,044 years of art, but also 100 years of radio; Ö1 which was established 40 years ago as the cultural channel of Austrian National Radio, and last but not least Ö1 Kunstradio’s 20th anniversary are two more great occasions to celebrate!
The best of all reasons for a very promising party!
And very promising is the line-up of contributors, too!
In the spirit of the first radio show, the bits and bobs of the performances will focus on spoken word, music, and “firsts” in radio from around the world. While the evenings “narrator” Friedrich Tietjen will present the stunning story of radio, and how practices in the medium’s use have changed over the past 100 years, served as short, but compact bites of the storyline, Volkmar Klien will listen into the audio-streams from the thriving birthday parties around the globe, and give the guests a personally composed impression of what’s going on out there, mixed with samples of memorable radio moments.
Young writers from Vienna’s literature scene, from poetry slammers to spoken word artists, will comment on and work with radio from their point of views, as well as we are awaiting a remote birthday present in form of an especially made video from Felix Kubin, label boss of gagarin.records, radio artist and musician / performer. The combo GipsyRadio will interlink between the narratives, picking up the different modes and moods, and interpreting these in their specific musical language.
With the grande dame of media, Radio, turning 100, all her friends and contemporaries are long dead. Thus, Tonic Train are performing a special birthday concert: “Dinner for Two“ addresses a new generation of transistors gathered at the Kulturcafe to listen to the old stories of Radio when it still was a medium that still used to hiss, click, and pipe broadcast via four microtransmitters.
What else is to mention? Several layers of the party will be broadcast on 4 special channels via microtransmitters on site, so bring your radio receiver to get your individual mix!