01 | 2008
17 January 2008, Thurs
Art’s Birthday 2008. "Forever Young"
SWR2 celebrates the 1,000,045th birthday of art with a live concert and broadcast
ZKM_Media Theater, 8 p.m., free admission
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On 17 January 2008, there will be a celebration of "Art’s Birthday" as
a memorial to the Fluxus artist Robert Filliou. In 1963, he claimed that art
had been born precisely 1,000 years earlier, to be exact, on 17 January, his
own birthday. Filliou appointed a fictional event as art’s hour of
birth, namely "when someone let a dry sponge fall into a bucket of water,"
and remarked with self-irony: "modest beginnings, but look at us now."
Since Filliou’s death in 1987, artists throughout the world have carried
forth his concept of "Art’s Birthday" as the "Eternal
Network" or "Fête permanente" with "mailart",
fax, and "slow scan tv events."
The Ars Acustica Group of the European Broadcast Union (EBU) has also been part
of the celebrations for the past four years. Through the EBU satellite channels
"Verdi" and "Ravel," "acoustic
gifts" are distributed to art by the participating international radio
Participating sites this year, all broadcasting live, are: Belgrade,
Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Dublin, Helsinki, Hilversum, Karlsruhe, Ljubljana,
Madrid, Prague, Stockholm, Vienna, and Zagreb.
The motto of this year’s
birthday celebration is: "Forever Young." Musicians, sound artists,
and composers take a position in response to the question of what our pop culture
and pop music might sound like in the future. The result will be a live broadcast
tour de force of the sounds and music. For this, SWR2 has organized a four-hour
live concert in the ZKM_Media Theater with electronic legends, jazz greats, and
an outstanding vocal soloist.
Jaap Blonk (Splink/Braaxtaal), sound poetry
Martin Brandlmayr (Radian/Trapist/Polwechsel), acoustics, electronics
Werner Dafeldecker (Polwechsel), contra bass, electronics
Markus Popp (Oval), Electronics
Matthias Schubert (Matthias Schubert Quartett/James Choice Orchestra), Saxophone
Host: Andreas Hagelüken
Live stream of the concert: www.swr2.de (8:05 p.m. until midnight)
SWR2 will participate live in the "celebrations" at ZKM from 11:05