Mobile Radio meets Willem de Ridder
Radio station: MOBILE RADIO
Venue/s of the event: Weserburg Bremen – Research Centre for Artists’ Publications
Knut Aufermann and Sarah Washington – together also know as Mobile Radio will perform a present for Art together with Willem de Ridder at the Birthday Party of the International Research Center for Artists Publications, which is hosting a 25 years of Kunstradio exhibition in the Weserburg Museum Bremen at the moment until April 2013.
Willem de Ridder is one of the best known Fluxus and radio artist from the Netherlands. He worked in such various fields as radio, television, film, reader-written magazines etc. Appointed as Fluxus Chairman of Northern Europe by George Maciunas he organized and participated in numerous Festivals, concerts and exhibitions. One of de Ridder’s most popular works were the radio experiments on Netherlands national radio demanding listener participation.
Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann began Mobile Radio on the 18th September 2005. For the first two years the project was touring Europe without a home base.
Mobile Radio was established as a travelling project to build upon our work across Europe in the fields of radio and sound art which had arisen during the three years that we helped to establish the London art radio station Resonance 104.4FM. Our work takes us to media and art festivals, conferences, universities and one-off events where we run short-lived radio stations, create special live broadcasts or edited pieces, give workshops or talks, design radio installations and play concerts. Our interest in radio technology is complete: our live electronic improvised music duo Tonic Train – radio terminology for ‘interrupted continuous wave’ – features radio feedback and mini transmitters built into circuit-bent instruments.
Following on from the success of the Resonance venture and the numerous radio experiments we were able to carry out there, we have since been invited as guest ‘radio experts’ by projects tapping into a renewed interest in experimental radio and ‘radio art’. Now based in Germany, we continue the work of Mobile Radio with those who want to develop concepts through the medium of radio. More than that, Mobile Radio remains a personal artistic journey to create radio work which arises from our encounters and surroundings. Our mission remains the same as it was the first day we first set off on our epic airwave adventure: to seek out new forms of radio by taking radio production out of the studio environment.