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July 29, 2005

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Two Way Radios [2WR]

"Each receiver a potential transmitter". It was not only Hans-Magnus Enzensberger who imagined radio as a two way medium: Brecht's dictum of "radio as an apparatus for communication" is more than famous. Freeing radio from its centralized and mono-directional broadcast structure has been a strong claim since radio's early days. And it has been especially the Internet, which made two way radio-structures become a serious possibility.

Based on the thoughts and utopies of Brecht, Enzensberger, but also on "La Radia" by F.T. Marinetti and Pino Masnata, the Belgian sound and media artist Guy van Belle created his series of performances Two Way Radios [2WR]. Premiered in Prague on April 14, 2005 this set-up of sound and communication architecture was performed in a new version on "Radio_Copernicus", a German-Polish artist radio on July 28, 2005. Several bi-directional audiostreams, generated by four performers (Guy van Belle and Barbara Huber in Stralsund, Akihiro Kubota in Tokyo, Code 31/Okno Brussels) were mutually altered within this group. [more]


Early Sonic Networker: Guy van Belle

"Sabine Breitsameter: Guy, you have been a sonic net artist long before the internet became popular for a general public. When was your first sound work you did with the net? When did you start?

Guy van Belle: I think the first time we used a network, which was already a TCP/IP network, was in 1992, and the reason why we did it was actually that I was part of a composers' band called "Young Farmers Claim Future". Basically we were two people, that was me and Herbert van de Sompel. He is now a researcher in Los Alamos. But he was working at a library as head of the automatization of library, and I was at that time working at an educational department, it was a research project about literature and technology from an educational background." Continue reading Early Sonic Networker: Guy van Belle in Conversation with Sabine Breitsameter.

Posted by jo at July 29, 2005 08:33 AM