Kunstradio’s Art’s Birthday Party 2010 – live from Graz
In 2010, the 1,000.047th year of Art’s existence, Kunstradio joins forces with the project “Social Sound Systems” and the artist-run-space ESC im Labor (http://esc.mur.at) in the Austrian regional capital Graz for a two-day-birthday-celebration including performances, media installations, a panel discussion, concerts etc. on site, and extending the “Fete Permanente” with the Art’s Birthday network on air and on line.
Curated by artist Andrea Sodomka, “Social Sound Systems” (http://socialsound.mur.at ) works primarily with sound reinforcement systems, sound systems, and sound situations that exist in public space. This means making use of the existing frequency space in all of its manifestations in the Styria region. “Social Sound Systems” works with artists who draw attention to these systems by (mis)using them for their own ideas. This also means not setting up new sound sculptures, sound installations, sound situations, but rather taking advantage of those that already exist in public space and using – and of course undermining – their functionality.
Amongst the projects incorporated into Kunstradio’s Art’s Birthday event is a sound installation in a public train operating between Graz and south of Styria by Daniel Lercher. Another one is the performance of George Brecht’s 1960 composition “Motor Vehicle Sundown” by the acclaimed new music orchestra “die reihe”. Brecht, deceased in December 2008, was an American conceptual artist and avant-garde composer, as well as a friend and collaborator of Art’s Birthday initiator Robert Filliou. “Motor Vehicle Sundown” is played with headlights, parking lights, sound horns, car radios, windows, doors etc. of parked cars, following a score of verbal instructions.
Whilst this event takes place at an outside location, the space of ESC in the centre of Graz will provide a node for the exterior projects as well as a platform for live networked performances and radio by Reni Hofmüller, Seppo Gründler, Winfried Ritsch, IOhannes m zmoelnig, Pure Data Graz (http://pd-graz.mur.at) and many other congratulators.
Reni Hofmüller http://renitentia.mur.at/
Lives and works in Graz, Austria. artist, musician, composer, performer, organizer and activist in the fields of usage of (new) media, technology and politics in general, engaged in development of contemporary art.
Seppo Gründler http://gruendler.mur.at/
music, sound, communication art, tinkering (media, software, electronic devices…) Seppo Gründler, 1956, lives in Graz, main instruments guitar and electronics. He is head of master studies media and interaction design – FH Joanneum and teaching audiodesign at FH JOANNEUM – information design http://informations-design.fh-joanneum.at/ visiting professor at Donauuniversität-Krems (sounddesign).
Winfried Ritsch http://algo.mur.at is professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz ( KUG) in the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), starting in 1989. He studied Sound Engineering at the Technical University Graz and at the University of Music and Arts Graz. In 1998, he founded the Graz-based NetzKunst (Net Art) network and has also founded the artists group fond and atelier algorythmics (http://algo.mur.at). Ritsch is a founding member of mur.at. He has done artworks and performances in the field of radio art along with compositions (especially with computer music), sound installations, telematic artworks, and net art. (http://mur.at) He is currently head of the Medienkunstlabor im Kunsthaus Graz (http://medienkunstlabor.at/).
IOhannes m zmoelnig http://umlaeute.mur.at/CV/iohannes-m-zmoelnig/
lives and works in Graz. Media and net artists, co-founder and president of pd-graz. 1994-2003 Study of Sound Engineering, University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz & Graz University of Technology. Since 1999 he is working at Institute of Electronic Music und Acoustics (IEM).