Sunday, 1. October 2006, 23:05. - 23:45, Ö1



To navigate is to construct

a listening piece by Christine Huber and Alexander Stankovski

Based on motives by Heinz von Förster, Samuel T. Coleridge, and Fernando Pessoa

"To navigate is to construct", the title quotes a statement from the Heinz von Förster Archive homepage, is a text-based as well as sonic examination of questions about real existance and fictive identity. Maritime issues and navigation serve as common point of reference and structure the piece which, in a dramaturgical sense, is a hybrid between radio play and composed music.

Three different kinds of texts are the piece’s fundament:
Fernando Pessoa’s closet drama „The Sailor“; the text is reduced to its aspect of creating an artificial identity by the authors of this radio piece; excerpts from the poem "The ancient mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge deal with taking refuge in madness given an unbearable reality; and, finally, recordings of lectures of the Austrian-American cyberneticist Heinz von Förster focus on the world as a construction.

The textual level is accompanied by three different sonic formats: On the one hand, recordings made at „Escal'Atlantic“in St. Nazaire where a real voyage on an ocean liner is simulated, both visually and acoustically; then there are diverse sonar signals as well as other sounds from submarines; and finally, excerpts from the composition "Etudes sur la mer" by Sylvie Lacroix/Florian Bogner/Alexander Stankovski in which maritime sounds are imitated with instruments and electronics are mixed forming an auditive level.

Magdalena Knapp-Menzel
Julia Reichert
Frauke Steiner
Peter Waugh

Heinz von Foerster

Florian Bogner
Sylvie Lacroix
Alexander Stankovksi

Sylvie Lacroix

Florian Bogner
Alexander Stankovski

Thanks to: Andrea Klose and the Escal'Atlantic staff in Saint-Nazaire, the audio archive of the French Marine, the Heinz von Förster Archive in Vienna, and Werner Korn from echoraum, as well as to the SKE-Fonds of austro mechana. The title "to navigate is to construct" is also titles the homepage of the Heinz von Förster Archive and was penned by Albert Müller and Barbara Heller-Schuh..


In memoriam Zelko Wiener (1953-2006)
Nichtnumerisches Concertino 1+2

On September 19, 2006 the Austrian media artist Zelko Wiener died unexpectedly in Vienna. With his complex work, Wiener was invited to the Venice Biennial in 1986, as well as several times to the Ars Electronica Festival, in recent years under the label zeitgenossen which he had founded with mit Ursula Hentschläger.

Zelko Wiener conceived the radio piece "Nichtnumerisches Concertino" in 1984 for a special issue of the Ö1 programme series KUNST HEUTE that reported on current international (visual) arts every week. KUNST HEUTE preceded Ö1 Kunstradio which was founded in 1987.

KUNST HEUTE’s special issue from April 6, 1984 which presented radio pieces from diverse Austrian artists, among others also Zelko Wiener, was aired on the occasion of the international art event "Kunst und Massenmedien" („Art and Mass Media“) that took place in Vienna in 1984 and comprised an international symopsium as well as an exhibition showing works of international and Austrian artists for print media, television, and radio.

While the first part – The electric Crocodile – approaches the concept of „language“ in an increasingly concrete way, starting with beeps from an electric watch, supermarket cashpoints, with videogames, telephone texts, speaking cameras, toy robots and translation computers for different languages, in the second part – The electric Nightingale – Wiener tried to depict how artificial intelligence thinks. [concept]
The realisation of this radio piece by Zelko Wiener was supported by a company based in Munich that gave him access to their advanced computer / artificial intelligence laboratory.

When Wiener realised this radio piece in 1984, he was, beside Robert Adrian and Helmut Mark, a member of the artist group BLIX. BLIX initiated and organised a number of legendary internationally networked telecommunication projects, a.o. WIENCOUVER IV and KUNSTFUNK; projects that are now also form the history of radio art.

KUNSTFUNK originally had the subtitle „the freedom of the aether“, and its Vienna node was located at the Secession; a.o. the project also made use of the amateur wireless operators’ net.
The project made clear that, unlike the mass media radio, this global network enables communication in two directions, but that the content of this communication is subject ot strict regulations.