Re-Inventing Radio. Aspects of Radio as Art
While the death of radio as a mass medium is once again being predicted as imminent, recent developments in transmission technology underline what has long been evident: radio is not about the transmission of sound, but of signal. After over a century of innovation, appropriation, and mutation, radio is now being re-invented to become what it has essentially always been - a communications space in the widest possible sense. Re-Inventing Radio seeks to explore this space by examining the way in which artists have interacted with radio and other communications media.
Radio is commonly understood as the familiar, ubiquitous, broadcast medium dissemininating music, information and entertainment. But this is only one "radio". Re-Inventing Radio looks beyond this definition to other histories of wireless communication - to the beginnings of radio when it was a communications technology before being transformed into a mass medium
The book brings together international media theorists, art historians, curators and above all artists who work with radio's multiplicitry of histories, including references to parallel developments in the history of art, e.g. Futurism, concept art, mail art, Fluxus or telecommunication art, also adressing the common belief, particularly in Europe, that radio art is an art of institutionalised public radio - a belief that has long been challenged by the concept of "expanded radio". [publisher's note]
Edited by Heidi Grundmann, Elisabeth Zimmermann, Reinhard Braun, Dieter Daniels, Andreas Hirsch, Anne Thurmann-Jajes.
With contributions by Robert Adrian, Inke Arns, Johannes Auer, Robert Barry, Gottfried Bechtold, August Black, Reinhard Braun, Hank Bull, Peter Courtemanche, Nina Czegledy, Dieter Daniels, Wolfgang Ernst, Bill Fontana, Anna Friz, Andrew Garton, Daniel Gethmann, Daniel Gilfillan, Heidi Grundmann, Wolfgang Hagen, Honor Harger, Candice Hopkins, José Iges, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Douglas Kahn, Friedrich Kittler, Tetsuo Kogawa, Richard Kriesche, Katja Kwastek, Brandon LaBelle, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Norbert Math, Doreen Mende, Sergio Messina, Roberto Paci Dalò, Garrett Phelan, Sarah Pierce, Winfried Ritsch, Christian Scheib, Tom Sherman, Rasa ?mite, Matt Smith, Raitis ?mits, Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Lori Weidenhammer, Sandra Wintner...