Kunstradio and The Western Front live tonight at 11pm CET, 10pm GMT, 10am PST

Wiencouver 1906 by Absolute Value of Noise, Anna Friz, Glenn Gear in the Western
Front,Vancouver and Volkmar Klien, Vienna perform together via the Internet as
start of the Art's Birthday 2007: 100 years of Radio celebrations

on air: Kunstradio Oesterreich 1
on line: http://kunstradio.at, http://artsbirthday.net/2007/WF/
on site: The Western Front Society, Vancouver

Wiencouver 1906 is a meeting in mid-air, a transatlantic transmission to
reconsider early broadcasts of the voice over radiowaves. From Vancouver and
Vienna we are mixing together the sounds of old and new voices with retro
technologies (mechanical clocks and motors, magnetic field receivers,
micro-radio transmitters, etc.) that were(are) used to connect people through
signals,schedules, and notions of historical time and events. Reginald
Fessenden's first broadcast was a surprise to the radio operators who typically
listened for spark-clicks and tones, so the voice and violin recording that he
transmitted seemed like a ghost to the listeners. The idea of time and
chronologies also contains the notion of ghosts, especially the idea that going
backwards in time can effect the present in unpredictable and often negative
ways. Before radio, clocks were also used as an aid to navigation.

Inspired by the history of Reginald Fessenden's voice on radio and the "secrets"
of radiation, the  three Vancouver artists have been working with the themes of
"invisible" sounds, hidden voices, the early days of
radio communication (primarily on the Atlantic Ocean from 1900 - 1907), and
micro-casting using low-power transmitters in performance spaces. Drawing from
tales of ghost ships and myths from the early days of radio that claimed the
seafaring dead could be contacted via shortwave, this performance conjures an
ethereal world of distant voices, sea, and static. Signals emerge from the
depths of noise, manifest, mutate, migrate, and decay.

A project in the framework of the WIENCOUVER Series:

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