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|Mobile Radio (Sarah Washington and Knut
Aufermann) have been working in Brazil for the past four months
exhibiting the radio art station Mobile Radio BSP at the 30th Bienal of
São Paulo. The 100-day work comes to a close on the 9th December
with a radio piece for Kunstradio called City of Drizzle. This final
transmission is being picked up live from ORF in Austria and
rebroadcast in São Paulo on FM and via the Mobile Radio and
Bienal webstreams. Mobile Radio BSP has been a substantial
collaboration with radio stations around the world and hundreds of
visiting artists and other people keen to try out ideas using radio at
the Bienal. As an integral part of the project, Mobile Radio invited
international radio artists to spend seven days at a time with them in
Brazil, to bring a breath of fresh weather into the studio each week.
City of Drizzle - "Cidade da Garoa" in Portuguese - is one of the nicknames for São Paulo due to the especially fine swirling light misty rain which is supposed to envelop the city on a regular basis. In the four months of Mobile Radio's visit, the Garoa has been present on only two or three occasions. Firstly there was a three month drought and then the summer rains began to arrive, which are characterised by short heavy downpours. The Garoa may not have been much in evidence outside the studio, but the elusive refreshing drizzle has been present in spirit, and a strong humidity has at times appeared to be on the verge of transforming into an indoor mist.
For this piece named after the city that has hosted our project, Mobile Radio have used recordings made within and without our studio at the Bienal pavilion in Ibirapuera Park. The enormous building has coloured everything recorded here, and every artist's use of the radio space. The underlying soundscape is provided by the Mobile Radio Band, a previously existing group consisting of Sarah Washington, Knut Aufermann and Japanese sound artist Haco from a live radio performance for audience during Haco's residency at the studio. From another residency there is the battle of tuba and Oscar Niemeyer's impressive architecture explored day and night by Norwegian musician Børre Mølstad investigating unusual acoustics and public reactions. To express an atmosphere of the local artistic milieu, there is use of the spontaneous imaginary language of São Paulo painter José Roberto Leonel Barreto; a technique which is one of the specialist capabilities we have encountered here in Brazil. As the most critical element, we have used and abused the incredible voice of Carolina Melo, assistant curator for education of the Bienal, who patiently read through the lengthy initial curatorial text of the 30th Bienal for us - from which document a few concepts have been dislocated, fragmented, augmented or simply subverted into sound.
Welcome to the final outburst of Mobile Radio BSP. Cheerio, São Paulo!