[spectre] Fw: Kunstradio to be axed?
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*Betreff:* Kunstradio to be axed?
October 5, 2022
Dear Ingrid Thurnher and Martin Bernhofer at Austrian National Radio, ORF:
Can it be that Kunstradio-Radiokunst is being threatened with
extinction?! This is grave news for all those who believe in the future
of radio and for Austria itself. Kunstradio is more than radio program
celebrating the art of radio, it is a worldwide space of creative
freedom to continually expand the boundaries of art in this wireless era.
Extinguishing this space will be a blow to the evolution of radio as an
artform worldwide. The ORF is a sophisticated radio network and the
voice of creative Austria. Austria is so important for its rich cultural
history, its music, literature, its theatre. The world looks to Austria
for its historic accomplishments, but Kunstradio is a leading force in
contemporary sonic art. It is Austria’s future, its vision, its
leadership in art and radio.
Heidi Grundmann was a visionary producer when she founded Kunstradio.
She was passionate about radio’s future as an art form. She knew that
radio would be at the heart of the telecommunications era of the late
20^th Century and well into the 21^st Century. She understood that radio
was not a historic, limited old medium but that it would be the base of
the digital multimedia future we now live in. Radio would be sonic in
new ways and visual and informationally the richest reflective medium of
the human condition. Kunstradio was a beautiful space that was built to
last, a ‘channel’ for invention, ideas and sensations. It was not a
radio program about art, it was a program where artists made art
themselves. Heidi was as critical and demanding as she was open-minded.
The curatorial standards governing the invention and joy of Kunstradio
have been maintained and reborn again and again through Elisabeth
Zimmermann’s ongoing production of Kunstradio.
Slamming shut this beautiful wide-open Kunstradio space will darken the
lives of thousands of artists and listeners and will signal to the world
that Austrian radio will no longer be the voice of a progressive,
optimistic, enlightened forward-looking Austria. Please reconsider the
decision to extinguish the flow of international innovative
experimentation with the future of radio and art that is Kunstradio.
Kunstradio is an important organism within the ecology of the ORF that
should not face extinction. Kunstradio is the hope in this world of
memory and hope. Memory is important, but hope is what will come to be.
Kunstradio looks forward essentiallyfor so many of us.
Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art, laureate, 2010,
International Commissioner, 42^nd Venice Biennale, Italy, 1986,
Professor Emeritus, Video Art and Media Art History, Department of Film
and Media Art, Syracuse University, New York, USA
P.S. I have been privileged and delighted to work with Heidi Grundmann
and Elisabeth Zimmermann on scores of broadcasts on Kunstradio and the
ORF from 1983 to the present. Much of this radio work was authored with
Viennese composer, musician and media artist Bernhard Loibner through
our recording and broadcasting duo, Nerve Theory. In all cases my art
gained in status through my association with and international exposure
through Kunstradio and the ORF. Kunstradio opened up many other radio
venues for me in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland,
Brazil, Canada and the US. Working in radio through Kunstradio in
Austria has elevated my art internationally. I am deeply indebted to
Kunstradio and the ORF for my development and accomplishments as an artist.
Tom Sherman, Professor Emeritus
Video and Media Theory
Department of Film and Media Arts
102 Shaffer Art
Syracuse, New York 13244-1210
twsherma at syr.edu
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