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The mobile German-Polish Artists Radio Station
gets a new Home

Radio_Copernicus-Archives at the Media
Library at ZKM | Karlsruhe

Starting on April 28th 2006, the audio archives from Radio_Copernicus will be accessible to the public as a permanent exhibit in ZKM

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Starting on April 28th 2006, the audio archives from Radio_ Copernicus, the independent and mobile German-Polish Artists Radio Station will be accessible to the public as a permanent exhibit in ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
Nearly the entire program that ran on air for almost six months from July until December 2005 in Polish, German and English can now be selected and heard at the Media Library at ZKM | Karlsruhe. Not only is it possible to research artists, program content, background information, time slots and dates on site, but also on the internet [under http://radio-c.zkm.de/radio-copernicus.org//de/index.html]. The visitors of the ZKM can lean back comfortably in the listening-chairs [by Dieter Mankau for documenta 8] at the ZKM | Media Library and listen to the numerous artistís talks, readings, soundscapes, interviews, live-sessions as well as the 27 commissioned works of the artists radio station.

You are cordially invited to a small party honoring the transfer of the audio archives on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 16.00 [4 pm] at the Media Library at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

Under the direction of Professor Sabine Breitsameter [Professor of Experimental Audiomedia/Berlin University of the Arts] with the support of the Polish project-coordinator, Robert Gawlowski [University of Wroclaw], and a team of approximately 50 people, a program was realized this past year that until now had been unheard of on any other radio station. Related to current development in media arts and electronic culture, Radio_Copernicus dedicates itself especially to radio art, electro-acoustic art forms, live performances, new literature as well as current cultural and societal debates and discourses.

The main focus of the program is the 27 commissioned works given explicitly to chosen artists such as Robert Piotrowicz, Zbigniew Karkowski, Guy van Belle, ElletroVoce, Duo Merzouga, the artists group LIGNA, Stefano Giannotti. About 200 media artists, people who work in radio, producers, technicians, and organizers collectively developed Radio_Copernicus into a broadcast station that implements an innovative cultural radio concept. This has happened not only through its program content from pop to »high culture«, including the entire range of sophisticated artistic radio work, but above all through its unconventional discourse and presentation forms.

Professor Sabine Breitsameter, »The positive and enthusiastic reactions from artists and listeners show how great the need is for an innovative, and at the same time, artistically sophisticated radio on both sides of the border. Because the audio archives of Radio_Copernicus will be open to the public regardless of the broadcasting time in ZKM, our project gains in having a long-term effect.«

Radio_Copernicus, the independent German-Polish Artists Radio, ran from July 15th till December 31st 2005 on local and temporary FM frequencies as well as worldwide via Live-Stream in German, Polish and English every day, 24 hours a day. The mobile station operated between the two neighboring countries. It moved from its first location in Stralsund [July/August 2005] to Warsaw [September 2005], then to Berlin [October 2005] and finally to Wroclaw [December 2005]. Radio_Copernicus cooperated with the »garage« Festival in Stralsund, the »Warsaw Autumn«, the series of events, »Dis_Positionen« [Academy of the Arts Berlin] and »Talking Back to Radio - Radio as listener - Arty_ci zmieniaj_ radio« at the University of Wroclaw as well as at numerous local institutions.

Radio_Copernicus was based at Berlin University of the Arts [UdK] [Experimental Audiomedia/Sound Studies] and collaborated the Department of Journalism and Social Communications at Wroc_aw University/Poland. The project took place within the framework of Büro Kopernikus. The Büro Kopernikus is an initative of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes [Federal Cultural Foundation].

· Head of programme and artistic director
  Professor Sabine Breitsameter
· Project coordination in Poland
  Robert Gawlowski
· Editorial Staff
  Thomas Schumacher, Katrin Werner
· Production, editing and hosting
  Martin Conrads, Thomas Doktor, Olaf Matthes, Jacek
  Skolimowski, Marta Sztanka, Sebastian Weiß, Adam Witkowski
· Database and programming
  Sebastian Weiß
· Sound Engineer
  Domenico Utpadel

The publication of Radio_Copernicus is immediately available at book stores for 15 Euro.
Radio_CopernicusRadio_Copernicus. The German-Polish Artists Radio

ISBN: 3-89462-138-9
You can order the publication via bettina.arnold@intra.udk-berlin.de

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