Wireless Taps and Short Wave Commotions
Wireless Taps & Short Wave Commotions was an exchange project between Riga (Latvia) and Rotterdam, consisting of a workshop, a party and a presentation.
The common denominator was an investigation of the possibilities that 'old' and 'new' broadcasting technologies (short wave radio, streaming media, wireless technology) have on offer for the forging of new alliances between artists, VJs, DJs, media critics and activists.
Workshop: Real-time video and audio
Latvian, Rotterdam, and Belgian artists of various disciplines and backgrounds experimented with real-time video and audio processing (i.e. the live manipulation of sound and image). The input was derived from radio telescopes, scanners, antennas, computers -- the output surprised with new images, sound and live streaming.
With: Signe Pucena (LV), Ieva Rubeza (LV), DJ Brain (LV), Oskars Poikans (LV), Martins Ratniks (LV), Girts Korps (LV), Miks Mezitis (LV), Paulis Liepa (LV), Martins Dumins (LV), Voldemars Johansons (LV), Linnards Kulless (LV), Jaanis Garancs (LV), Laura Sulca (LV), Irina Gorbatova (LV), Aleksandrs Ganza (LV), Andrej Savitsky (BY), Martiens go home (B), DJ Nurse (B), Guy van Belle (B/NL), Lucas van der Velden (NL), Gideon Kiers(NL), Martin de Korte (NL), Martijn van Boven (NL), Derek Holzer (US/NL), Zina Kaye (AUS), Mr. Snow (AUS).
Party: featuring HIP HOP LV & guests
A night of inter-cultural jamming, featuring experimental audio and video by local and international guests. Presentation of workshop results, followed by a special set of HIP HOP LV: VJ Martins Ratniks, DJs AG&Raitis and MC Roberts Gobzins aimed to popularise the phenomenon of local Latvian culture by using codes of contemporary dance music.
Screening of video documentary Latvian Waves by Sara Kolster (NL) and presentation of TEMPT by Barkode (NL) in the lounge.
Presentation: Wiretap 7.09
Despite the growing use of internet communication, broadcast radio waves still remain the most effective way of reaching the largest percentage of the world's population. The development of radio communication has, analogous to the Internet, its roots in military technology. Artists, activists and theoreticians continuously seek new ways to examine different aspects of the radio spectrum.
Art & Communication 2001