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The Weather Report / The Shipping Forecast
Stralsund: Radio_Copernicus’ daily programme starts at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight with an acoustic approach to the idyllic coastal city of Stalsund and to places all over the world: the acoustic weather report, recorded daily at changing places.

The Acoustic Report from Warsaw / Warsaw at Midnight
Warsaw: Putting listeners in the mood for the daily evening programme, soundscapes from Warsaw capture the current atmosphere of the Polish capital with its urban sounds of late summer. Shortly before midnight Radio_Copernicus reports back with acoustic images of the city.

Outside World / Inside World and the Acoustic Report from Wrocław
Every day in September in Berlin (5 p.m.) and in December in Wrocław (6 p.m.) Radio_Copernicus opens its microphones to the sounds and noises of urban indoor and outdoor spaces. In continuation of what has already formed the frame of the live programme in Warsaw and Stralsund, soundscapes acoustically mirror and integrate the guest cities in the programme.
ers are invited to participate in shaping this programme and to record the sounds of their cities or of the environment in which they listen to Radio_Copernicus.

Explorations: Commissioned Works
At the centre of Radio_Copernicus are works that selected artists were specifically commissioned to execute. They represent current and international radiophonic and media-aesthetic trends. The 26 commissioned works are not only of particular interest because of their sound aesthetics. Some of them also broach issues of networked media architectures, public contexts of reception, novel concepts of time, and social functions of the radio.

Spoken Word Programmes: Documents, Read Me, Reflection

The spoken word ranks highly on Radio_Copernicus. Artistic and cultural topics come up for discussion in interviews, talk rounds, and project presentations.

Read Me
Excerpts from Lawrence Lessig’s “Free Culture” are being read (in Polish and English) in Stralsund, Warsaw, Berlin, and Wrocław from Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. The publication deals with the search for new regulations and laws concerning copyrights and intellectual property rights befitting the electronic age. Other readings, e.g. of texts by authors of the Berlin Sukultur-Verlag, are a fixed part of this programme.

Warsaw: The Warsaw Autumn 2005 is reflected and placed in context through documents, discussions, reports, and interviews. Here Radio_Copernicus works together with journalists of the Warsaw magazine “Glissando”.

Recycling Radio_Copernicus
“Recycling” is an essential part of the idea behind Radio_Copernicus: Every day the programme of the previous day is being reprocessed by means of artistic techniques – be it as a one-hour remix, as a collage, in a serial format, by means of freshly presented “highlights”, or with the help of other “condensation” strategies. The recyclers work autonomously and artistically free. Recycling is regarded as a creative-subjective attempt at making the comprehensive programme archivable, from day to day, from week to week, from season to season. The daily forward projection of the programme as a means of aesthetic-subjective documentation thus plays a very important role in the design of Radio_Copernicus. The beginning of each season features a “Changing of the Guards: Recycling the Recycling”, a session in which the recycler of the previous season passes the acoustic “baton” to the new reclycler.
In Stralsund the four members of! – wojt3k, co, deuce, and 8rolek – work as recyclers. They run a small record label that operates in the border area to subculture. The label, founded in 1996, has its seat in Skoczów in southern Poland and is considered as one of the most dedicated labels in Poland.
In Warsaw the recycler is DJ Lenar – a DJ from Warsaw who began with black Hip-Hop and later became increasingly interested in contemporary music, creating, for instance, remixes and reworks of compositions by Witold Lutosławski. Then Zenial alias Łukasz Szałankiewicz – sound designer and composer from Kraków – and afterwards m.bunio.s alias Michał Skrok – musician, computer scientist, and producer from Gdańsk – take over this special task.
Recyclers during the Berlin season are Sarah Washington (experimental radio artist of the radio art station Resonance104.4fm in London) and the young producer and DJ Dawid Szczęsny (debut album on Supralinear, his material: the record and its hissing, scratching and crackling). For one time only, on 23 November 2005, the poet Hartmut Sörgel will be “condensing” the programme – not by technological, but by linguistic means.
In Wrocław Ignaz Schick can present the audience his extraordinary understanding of the concept of recycling. Ignaz Schick concentrates on ready-made materials, self-developed instruments, and electronic aids; the focus of his interest is contact microphones and feedback processing.

History Bubbles
Short language and sound spots unexpectedly appear in the programme at different times. They deal with topics intended to shed light on the programme’s background: among other things, R. Murray Schafer’s concept of acoustic ecology, technical developments, the influence of Italian Futurists on radio art, and a short history of independent radio stations are being presented.

Blue Monday
On Mondays Radio_Copernicus skips work, chills out, and relaxes its listeners with a Blue Monday. Following the usual closing times of museums on Mondays, Radio_Copernicus does not broadcast live, but replays the highlights of the programme.

Looping Sunday
Every Sunday, from 6 p.m. onwards, the best recycled pieces of the previous programme can be heard. Meanwhile Radio_Copernicus’ producer team uses the time for talks with artists and for the documentation of the past week.

Radio Jingles
The sound designer and composer Łukas Szałankiewicz (Kraków) undertakes the production of radio jingles for Radio_Copernicus; they announce the individual programmes in Polish, German, and English. The jingles are produced in the studio for electro-acoustic music at the Academy of Music in Kraków. We thank the studio director Marek Chołoniewski for his kind support.

Warsaw: Play Radio / Open Studio
Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 p.m. onwards, the broadcasting studio in ul. Foksal in the centre of Warsaw is entirely given over to artists. 31 Polish artists avail themselves of the opportunity of realising their own ideas of the radio.

Berlin: Friendly Takeover / Play Radio
The programme “Friendly Takeover / Play Radio” presents broadcasts from other art radio stations that have in recent years set international radio-artistic standards outside the structures of public broadcasting networks. Among them are Resonance104.4fm from London and, presented by the Berlin radio producer Johannes Wilms, broadcasts of Juniradio, or Radio Riff in Berlin. In November, this programme is not only designed by artists from Berlin, but also by members of Radio_Copernicus’ team.

Wrocław: Friendly Takeover / Play Radio
This programme presents broadcasts from other art radio stations that have in recent years set international radio-artistic standards outside the structures of public broadcasting networks, and have spawned new trends at festivals or young music labels:
Among them are Radio Kochen; flashbacks to the WRO/Media Art Festival Wrocław, which took place in May; Kilogram Records from Gdańsk; the DJ set Skalpel (Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło with their jazz for connoisseurs) from Wrocław; Mateusz Moczulski, musician and author, whose radio play ‘Träume unter dem Sarkophag’ (‘Dreams under the Sarcophagus`) will be broadcast; sound design by Robert Zając from Kraków; and musica genera from Szczecin, who are dedicated to experimental and improvised music.

Cadavre Exquis. Invited upon Recommendation: Guests in the Studio
The game of “Cadavre Exquis” can be described as a method, developed in surrealism, the point of which is to give room to coincidence in the creation of images. In November, Radio_Copernicus transfers this principle, slightly modified, to the radio: Radio_Copernicus has invited a guest from the cultural sector to create his own broadcast at the beginning of a broadcasting week; this guest has in turn invited a guest for the following day, and so on. The sequence of invitations aims less at formulating a thematic thread than at opening a space on air to the diversity of artistic and cultural life in Berlin, a space where producers of art and culture can portray themselves. Guests are, for instance, the stage director Martin Schulze from Essen and the author, director, and composer Ronald Steckel from Berlin. At the beginning of each new broadcasting week Radio_Copernicus initiates this process anew.

Radio Politics
Diana McCarty and Elisabeth Enke from Berlin, Agnieszka Szydłowska from Warsaw, and many other critics of current radio politics come into Radio_Copernicus’ Berlin studio to discuss the prerequisites for artists to get access to the medium of radio.

Artists Presenting
This programme features cultural and artistic projects taking place within the scope of the German-Polish Year 2005/2006.

Fade In
This Stralsund-specific programme presents CDs, artists, and acoustic works, broadcasts conversations with artists and audience, and introduces into daily changing topics, such as kitsch, radio art, looping, etc.

Focus On
The programme presents the artists of the “garage” festival and the events of the evening.
In addition: at the opening on July 22, a funfair taking place simultaneously in Stralsund will be acoustically reprocessed and remixed for the radio – live. On July 29 contributions to the conference “Radiokunst heute – Re-Inventing Radio III” (“Radio Art Today – Re-Inventing Radio III”) will be broadcast.

garage music live and garage music ‘forget it!’
“garage music live” broadcasts live music with the artists of the “garage05” festival. In addition, “garage music ‘forget it!’” airs and comments on works from the archives of the “garage” festival, reflecting the core theme of the festival: ‘forget it! don't trust your archives’.

radio_copernicus @
On four evenings Radio_Copernicus is a guest at the media and performance space Thus it presents itself not only on air and on the Internet, but also – tangibly – on location: Schönhauser Allee 167c, 10405 Berlin, U2 Senefelder Platz.

Wrocław: Talking Back to Radio – Radio als Zuhörer – Artyści zmieniają radio.
Contributions from the International Radio Art Symposium, Wrocław University
The international schedule of events (6 Dec. - 11 Dec. 2005) comprises an arts programme in the City Gallery BWA/Wrocław: “The Infinitive Talk” by Wojciech Bruszewski; a concert by Stefano Giannotti and Jonathan Faralli; a presentation of works by Łukasz Szałankiewicz (Kraków) and Hildegard Westerkamp; an internet-based audio performance by Paweł Janicki’s (Wrocław); “Ping Melody” with Dorota Łyda (oboe); the premiere of “Free Lutz” (voices: Ana Jur, Peter Georges) by Johannes Auer (Stuttgart), in which the audience can actively participate; concerts by Agata Zubel/Cezary Duchnowski (Warsaw) and Ignaz Schick (Berlin). Two listening rooms are installed in the display windows of the City Gallery BWA. In one of them visitors can listen to Radio_Copernicus’ current programme on various historical and new radios. The other one features “listening islands”; comfortably seated and watching the bustle of the Wrocław street, visitors can listen through headphones to all the works commissioned by Radio_Copernicus.
Furthermore three workshops are on offer: Thomas Kupfer’s “Freie Radios: Eine Mediensimulation in drei Tagen” (“Independent Radio Stations: A Media Simulation in Three Days”), the LIGNA group’s “Radiokunst als Intervention und Gegenöffentlichkeit” (“Radio Art as Intervention and Counter-Public”), and Hildegard Westerkamp’s “Soundwalking – Klangspaziergänge. Vom Ohr zur Radiosendung” (“Soundwalking – Klangspaziergänge: From Ear to Radio Programme”).
The symposium provides renowned media experts the opportunity to present the topic “artist radio” from different perspectives and to discuss the question of an artist radio or independent radio in Poland.
Stralsund, Warsaw, Berlin, Wrocław
Stralsund: 15 July - 21 August 2005
Warsaw: 1 - 30 September 2005
Berlin: 1 - 30 November 2005
Wrocław: 1 - 31 December 2005
Participating Institutions
Universität der Künste, Berlin
Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław
Programme Stralsund

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Programme Berlin

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Programme Wrocław

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