Heya for Art’s Birthday

Over the past few week we’ve been working toward a live networked performance between Berlin, Istanbul, Vienna and Cairo for Art’s Birthday with Deutschlandfunk Kultur Klangkunst and ORF Kunstradio which are part of the expert group Ars Acustica of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This group is celebrating together with artists, art institutions, museums, etc each year the Art’s Birthday on January 17th, following a concept of the French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago “A man took a dry sponge and dropped it into a bucket full of water. Who that man was is not important. He is dead but art is alive.” Filliou’s ideas have inspired many artists until today.

More info about Art’s Birthday can be found here: http://www.kunstradio.at/PROJECTS/AB/

Since 2004 the EBU Ars Acustica group has joined the international Art’s birthday celebrations. The contributed contents like most of the participants of the Art’s Birthday Network (http://artsbirthday.net) do – as “presents” for ART. Via ISDN-lines and/or the Internet the contributions are collected at two points, in Vienna (ORF) and Berlin (DLF Kultur) where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Haydn (H) and Liszt (L). Both satellite channels (H and L) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material.

So now myself (in Vienna) and 3 colleagues, Nour Sokhon in Berlin, Yara Mekawei in Cairo and Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu in Istanbul, are setting up to rehearse via locusonus. More info to come shortly!

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