[spectre] Shaping the æther || A Radio Art Exhibition in Espace Multimédia Gantner

Nicolas Montgermont list at nimon.org
Mon Aug 30 12:57:01 CEST 2021

*Shaping the æther*
-> 27.11.2021
Curated By Pali Meursault.
Espace Multimédia Gantner, Bourogne, France.


Over a century of existence, radio went from being a technological and 
cultural revolution to a mere household convenience, or even an outdated 
communication apparatus. Behind the banality of the radio set, however, 
the infinite mysteries of radiations expand: an electromagnetic æther 
which was once given the credit of holding the world together, and about 
which we now have a slightly better understanding of its interactions 
with the universe, from the scale of the atom to that of the cosmos.

It is true that our bodies are quite poorly equipped for electromagnetic 
waves perception. Our eyes are only translating into colours a tiny part 
of the spectrum, while their vibrating nature and speed remain elusive 
to us. And yet, technological exploitation has made radio waves 
omnipresent. They are transmitted by our phones, computers, micro-wave 
ovens or satellites, they are guiding the drones monitoring us. Radio 
waves are bathing our physical existences, organising our social lives, 
and producing the media and communicative reality of our world.

Shaping the æther invites artists for whom radio is not only a vehicle 
for sound production. They are examining transmission, approaching 
radiations as a material in its own right, and engaging in the 
exploration of waves in order to reveal or sculpt them. Benefiting from 
the vibratory kinship of electromagnetic phenomena with electric 
circulations or acoustic excitation, the sensory access to æther is 
offered to us through sounds and images, and confronting us with the 
paradox of phenomena that are as much a matter of nature than of media.

The shapes that these artists are creating thus contribute to establish 
an ecology of signals, and show that the electromagnetic spectrum is a 
political territory: a media ecosystem of which resources fall prey to 
capitalist extraction and privatisation, but where one might find spaces 
of freedom, wilderness, and places of resistance.

*With artworks of:*
Dinah Bird & Jean-Philippe Renoult, Julien Clauss, Joyce Hinterding, 
Kaori Kinoshita & Alain della Negra, Nicolas Montgermont and ΠNode 
**For On: Transmission:*
Anna Friz, Tetsuo Kogawa, Christina Kubisch, Victor Mazón Gardoqui, 
Mobile Radio (Sarah Washington & Knut Aufermann), Sisters Akousmatica 
(Julia Drouhin & Philippa Stafford), Juliette Volcler, Franz Xaver, 
Carl.Y and Elisabeth Zimmermann.

*Online resources:
*Tour of the exhibition (french) :

"Wrangling chaos, a journey with David Haines and Joyce Hinterding" by 
Alain della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita

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