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April 28, 2006

Radio_Copernicus Archives at Media Library/ZKM Karlsruhe


Radio Station gets a new Home

Radio_Copernicus Archives at Media Library/ZKM Karlsruhe: Starting on April 28th 2006, the audio archives from Radio_Copernicus, the independent and mobile German-Polish Artists Radio Station will be accessible to the public as a permanent exhibit in ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Nearly the entire program that ran on air for almost six months from July until December 2005 in Polish, German and English can now be selected and heard at the Media Library at ZKM Karlsruhe. Not only is it possible to research artists, program content, background information, time slots and dates on site, but also on the internet (under www.radio-c.zkm.de). The visitors of the ZKM can lean back comfortably in the listening-chairs (by Dieter Mankau for documenta 8)at the ZKM Media Library and listen to the numerous artist's talks, readings, soundscapes, interviews, live-sessions as well as the 27 commissioned works of the artists radio station.

Under the direction of Professor Sabine Breitsameter (Professor of Experimental Audiomedia/Berlin University of the Arts) with the support of the Polish project-coordinator, Robert Gawlowski (University of Wroclaw), and a team of approximately 50 people, a program was realized this past year that until now had been unheard of on any other radio station. Related to current development in media arts and electronic culture, Radio_Copernicus dedicates itself especially to radio art, electro-acoustic art forms, live performances, new literature as well as current cultural and societal debates and discourses.

The main focus of the program is the 27 commissioned works given explicitly to chosen artists such as Robert Piotrowicz, Zbigniew Karkowski, Guy van Belle, ElletroVoce, Duo Merzouga, the artists group LIGNA, Stefano Giannotti. About 200 media artists, people who work in radio, producers, technicians, and organizers collectively developed Radio_Copernicus into a broadcast station that implements an innovative cultural radio concept. This has happened not only through its program content from pop to 'high culture', including the entire range of sophisticated artistic radio work, but above all through its unconventional discourse and presentation forms.

Professor Sabine Breitsameter, "The positive and enthusiastic reactions from artists and listeners show how great the need is for an innovative, and at the same time, artistically sophisticated radio on both sides of the border. Because the audio archives of Radio_Copernicus will be open to the public regardless of the broadcasting time in ZKM, our project gains in having a long-term effect."

Radio_Copernicus, the independent German-Polish Artists Radio, ran from July 15th till December 31st 2005 on local and temporary FM frequencies as well as worldwide via Live-Stream in German, Polish and English 24 hours daily. The mobile station operated between the two neighboring countries. It moved from its first location in Stralsund (July/August 2005) to Warsaw (September 2005), then to Berlin (October 2005) and finally to Wroclaw (December 2005). Radio_Copernicus cooperated with the garage Festival in Stralsund, the Warsaw Autumn, the series of events, Dis_Positionen (Academy of the Arts Berlin) and Talking Back to Radio Radio as listener at the University of Wroclaw as well as at numerous local institutions.

Radio_Copernicus was based at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) (Experimental Audiomedia/Sound Studies) and collaborated the Department of Journalism and Social Communications at Wrocław University/Poland. The project took place within the framework of Büro Kopernikus. The Büro Kopernikus is an initative of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Cultural Foundation).

Head of programme and artistic director: Professor Sabine Breitsameter Project coordination in Poland: Robert Gawlowski Editorial Staff: Thomas Schumacher und Katrin Werner Production, editing and hosting: Martin Conrads, Thomas Doktor, Olaf Matthes, Jacek Skolimowski, Marta Sztanka, Sebastian Weiß, Adam Witkowski, Database and programming: Sebastian Weiß Sound Engineer: Domenico Utpadel

The publication of Radio_Copernicus is immediately available at book stores for 15 Euro. Radio_Copernicus. The German-Polish Artists Radio ISBN: 3-89462-138-9

Posted by jo at April 28, 2006 11:44 AM