Pirate radio transmission + Balloon mapping
Organised by bolwerK hosted by Azahara Ubera Biedma, Bert Balcaen, ptr_, Marthe Van Dessel
During a performative event we develop strategies to commonize the electromagnetic field as evidence for an alternative, community-owned definition of land, air and frequencies. Antenna's and voicing on different frequencies (fm, wifi,...), signals the electromagnetic spectrum as a critical natural resource. Tune in your radio on 108FM, download a SSTV demodulator and follow the radio balloon live from the rooftop of Kunsthal Extra City. Open hardware and devices co-opted from Public Lab, a grassroots citizen projects and research group.
Part of PAN PAN PAN, a durational program to develop and implement a public performative interface for translocal radio telecommunication. While setting up securely an autonomous infrastructure and hardware, we empower ourselves by collective disembodiment, common voicing, and practices to commonize and decolonize our technologies.
*bolwerK* is a non-exclusive and temporal constellation that has been initiating, mediating, facilitating, curating and appropriating local and international projects since 1998. Social environments are created, not for streamlining ideas, but in order to articulate shared/common questions and hence feed a sense of complexity.
*Bert Balcaen* is a co-founder of rekall.be, where he has been making websites since 2001. Bert was also a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy and has a Master in Advanced Interaction (IAAC, Barcelona) and postgraduate in User Centered Design (KULeuven). Currently, he is also a guest professor at KASK, School of Arts, Ghent, where he works with data-visualisation.
*Azahara Ubera Biedma* embodies different spaces for research, production and learning environments. As a solo artist and as parts of different collectives: Somatecx; research group on creep-queer practices initiated in Madrid by the philosopher Paul B. Preciado, Les Bordes an art collective on multidisciplinary artistic practices, gender and identity, and from 2012 designs and organises CORALES a laboratory on social choreography, the creation of collective knowledge and radical pedagogies in the performing arts. In all these practices combines critical theory, movement and sound.
*Pieter Heremans* is an excavator of digital artefacts. He works as a civil engineer and technical advisor for new media artists. He is currently affiliated with the Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG, St Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp, Belgium) as researcher.
*Marthe Van Dessel* is an activist and performer who creates interfaces, devices & protocols to instigate our urban and institutional hardware & software. She engages in the administrative, cultural, socio-political dimension of personal and collective identities. By triggering intersubjective alliances she confronts the 'self & other' to the commons, co-authorship and the redistribution into the public domain.
*Claire Williams* is a digital artist living in Brussels. She graduated from ENSAV La Cambre with a master degree in Textile Design. In parallel to her art practise and research she organises, collaborates incollective projects. Sheregularly givesworkshops and exhibitionsin art festivals, associations, cultural events, schools and museums on open source textiles, FLOSSsoftware & hardware, hacked knitting machines, electronic textiles and stories on analogue textile techniques.
Location Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen