RAD: Radio, Access, Democracy
Friday–Saturday, October 29–30 FREE
Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 2501 Stevens Avenue South
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Register by October 27 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; walk-ins welcome.
"A democratic society," said Thomas Jefferson, "depends upon an informed and educated citizenry." Allora & Calzadilla’s artist’s residency project Radio Re-Volt is radically democratic in that it gives individuals direct access to the media, a way to use the airwaves to inform their neighbors and friends of their opinions (or musical tastes). The conference RAD: Radio, Access, Democracy, organized in partnership with Minneapolis College of Art and Design, takes it a step further, bringing together local, national, and international voices to explore the creative and political potential of radio and other media. Highlights include:
Friday, 7 pm
Keynote by Tetsuo Kogawa, the pioneer who introduced microradio to Japan in the early 1980s and birthed its mini-FM movement, inspiring radio activism worldwide. Check out Kogawa's website Polymorphus Space
Saturday, 10:30 am
Welcome and Announcements
Saturday, 10:45 am – 5 pm
Panel Discussions: What’s Up with the FCC? (10:45 am), Counter Propaganda Coalition (10:45 am), Radio as an Artistic Medium (2 pm), and Making Alternative Media (3:15 pm).
Saturday, 12:30 pm
Making Waves a film by Michael Lahey. (Filmmaker present at screening)
What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate, and a retired millionaire have in common? They're all operating unlicensed, low-power, 'pirate' radio stations in Tucson, Arizona. Making Waves follows their uphill struggle to be heard on our publicly-owned but corporate-controlled airwaves. As they confront the difficulties and risks of running an unlicensed station and take their fight for free speech into the open, the film invites the viewer to ask, 'If the public took back the airwaves, what would they sound like?' Check out the Making Waves website
Saturday, 12:30 pm
Radio Re-Volt Workshop: Come to a free, 90-minute workshop and turn your bike, apartment, work cubicle, or car into a low-power radio station.
Saturday, Noon – 5 pm
An independent media fair where you can pick up free copies of Adbusters, the Minneapolis Observer, and Utne—or bring your publications to share. Discover the wealth of independent media in the Twin Cities.
Saturday, 7:30 pm
Radio 4x4 organized by transmission arts organization free103point9. Radio 4x4 is a live installation and performance by transmission artists Tom Roe, Damian Catera, Ben Owen, local artist Abinadi Meza, and audience members. Four simultaneous audio performances will be separately transmitted through FM transmitters to radios positioned throughout the performance space. Each radio receives only one of the signals, so that the audience becomes an active collaborator in the performance, “mixing” the audio feeds by moving about the space among the four signals. The artists perform both individually on independent radio frequencies, and collectively.
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