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Re-Inventing Radio
Aspects of Radio as Art
Frankfurt/Main 2008, Revolver, 544 pages, 200 images, English
ISBN 978-3-86588-453-4
25,- EUR

Edited by: Heidi Grundmann, Elisabeth Zimmermann, Reinhard Braun, Dieter Daniels, Andreas Hirsch, Anne Thurmann-Jajes

Robert Adrian, Inke Arns, Johannes Auer, Robert Barry, Gottfried Bechtold, August Black, Reinhard Braun, Hank Bull, Peter Courtemanche, Nina Czegledy, Dieter Daniels, Wolfgang Ernst, Bill Fontana, Anna Friz, Andrew Garton, Daniel Gethmann, Daniel Gilfillan, Heidi Grundmann, Wolfgang Hagen, Honor Harger, Candice Hopkins, José Iges, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Douglas Kahn, Friedrich Kittler, Tetsuo Kogawa, Richard Kriesche, Katja Kwastek, Brandon LaBelle, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Norbert Math, Doreen Mende, Sergio Messina, Roberto Paci Dalò, Garrett Phelan, Sarah Pierce, Winfried Ritsch, Christian Scheib, Tom Sherman, Rasa Šmite, Matt Smith, Raitis Šmits, Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Lori Weidenhammer, Sandra Wintner,...

While the death of radio as a mass medium is once again being predicted as imminent, recent developments in transmission technology underline what has long been evident: radio is not about the transmission of sound, but of signal. After over a century of innovation, appropriation, and mutation, radio is now being re-invented to become what it has essentially always been - a communications space in the widest possible sense. "Re-Inventing Radio" seeks to explore this space by examining the way in which artists have interacted with radio and other communications media. Radio is commonly understood as the familiar, ubiquitous, broadcast medium dissemininating music, information and entertainment. But this is only one "radio". "Re-Inventing Radio" looks beyond this definition to other histories of wireless communication - to the beginnings of radio when it was a communications technology before being transformed into a mass medium. "Re-Inventing Radio" brings together international media theorists, art historians, curators and above all artists who work with radio's multiplicity of histories, including references to parallel developments in the history of art, e.g. Futurism, concept art, mail art, Fluxus or telecommunication art.
"Re-Inventing Radio" also addresses the common belief, particularly in Europe, that radio art is an art of institutionalised public radio - a belief that has long been challenged by the concept of "expanded radio". Artists have used this concept to break through the rigidity of traditional broadcasting to include in their work other spaces and contexts and to confront in their practice - sometimes at an astonishingly early stage - such phenomena as the cultural and social effects of digitalisation and mobility, networking, convergence and mutual remediatisation of media. With the aid of numerous specific examples - and in texts formulated for the most part by the artists themselves - "Re-Inventing Radio" examines the intentions and strategies of a radio art that is increasingly balancing on the edge of its own dissolution, without giving up the relevance of its questions.

A publication by Verein werks in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research. (Linz), MiDiHy Productions (Graz), and the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications at the Weserburg–Museum of Modern Art (Bremen).

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