Saturday 11 pm to 11. 58. 30 pm
"Dès que les généraux ne meurent plus à cheval, les peintres ne sont plus obligés de mourir devant le chevalet."
With this flash of perception Marcel Duchamp suggested to the artists of the ending century to liberate themselves from the rules and limits which still interfere with research and expression. It was from the same notion that RAI began in the end of the seventies to propose a new way of practicing the radiophonic research which had, up to then, been restricted to certain well-defined genres (radio-theatre, contemporary music etc). RAI started with the program FONOSFERA by Armando Adolgiso & Pinotto Fava and continued with the still existing AUDIOBOX.
As we combine form & technique, we actually intend to sketch different lines of writing and new grammars to specifically explore those which spring from the confrontation of new & unexpected currents whose short- circuits potentially create or provoke new sources of power.
Seeking to establish international contacts with experimental projects of other radiophonic institutions, AUDIOBOX took two decisions in 1984. On the one hand, inspired by reflection as well as by the 5 AUDIOBOX-festivals supported by the EBU/UER, to take part in the organisation of meetings with other stations concentrating on radiophonic research. On the other, the realization of international coproductions of live events, based upon the simultaneous participation of various artists in different places as well as on experiments with new models of transmission by using new electronic and numerical technologies.
The programs, the audio-works of AUDIOBOX, though very heterogenous in themselves, oscillate between extreme conditions and positions in an opposition which seems to be beyond determined definition: instant/ infinity, source/structure, city/desert, art/communication, seduction/ provocation, necessity/hazard etc. In this sense, experimentati on with reciprocal and complex systems of communication based upon expansion of the perspective possibilities, electronic space, telematic channels, virtual voyages and free planetary communication appear to be possible and necessary, especially for the radio which, even today, remains associated with the image of a melancholy medium and, consequently, with the past.