mercoledì 25 settembre 2013

Air Time
What: The opening performance of Transeuropa Festival 2013
Who: Conceived and organized by European Alternatives, featuring 13 artists from all over Europe under the direction of the artistic collective Ligna
When: 5th October 2013
Where: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca, London, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw
Why: Reflecting on the current protests and on possible forms of collective action
The Performance

AIR TIME is an audio artwork that will be performed synchronously across Europe during the opening day of Transeuropa Festival. It is a collective action which takes place in public space in ten European cities and invite everybody to actively take part in it. In order to participate it is necessary to download the audio track from the website of the Transeuropa Festival to a player, and then reach the chosen square in one of the festival cities at the agreed time. The performance is the outcome of three workshops that have been coordinated by the German collective Ligna in Berlin (DAZ — Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, July 2013), Rome (MACRO — Museum of Contemporary Art, April 2013) and Sofia (Red House, August 2013). The workshops focused on the role and use of radio as a communicative and educative medium as well as a potential tool to explore the idea of collective action. Keeping in mind the recent and on-going mobilisations taking place all over the world (e.g., in Turkey, Brazil or Greece), the process of collaboration established among the artists intended to reflect on the relationship between new ways for sharing information offered by new technologies and the potential collaborative practices that emerge as a consequence. The performance looks at strategies of appropriation of a
mass medium such as the radio and its possible mode of use in public space.
The Artists
AIR TIME is the result of the collaboration among 13 artists invited by high-profile personalities from the European art world: Anna Hoetjes, Amsterdam (invited by the collective If I Can’t Dance); Jordi Ferreiro, Barcelona (invited by the collective Latitudes); Joanna Von Mayer, Berlin (invited by curator Sigrid Gareis); Flaviu Rogojan, Cluj-Napoca (invited by artist Ciprian Muresan); Kerri Meehan and Alex Ressel, London (invited by curator Grant Watson); Alexandre Poisson and Alice Lahana, Paris (invited by artist Tania Bruguera); Roman Stentina, Prague (invited by curator Marketa Stara); Elisa Abela, Rome (invited by curator Mike Watson); Nataliya Todorova, Sofia (invited by philosopher Boyan Manchev); Wojciech Tymicki, Warsaw (invited by artist Grzegorz Kowalski).
The production of AIR TIME has been coordinated by the German artistic collective Ligna.
Established in 1997, Ligna is a group comprising the media theorists, radio, theatre and
performance artists Ole Frahm, Michael Hueners and Torsten Michaelsen. In shows, performative interventions and installations, they explore the potential for action on the part of collectives that form diffuse and temporary associations. The preferred venue for their interventions is the increasingly controlled public domain, for which they devised the radio ballet genre: a choreography of forbidden and excluded gestures is broadcast on the radio. The group’s works have won many international prizes.
How to Participate
Everyone can take part in AIR TIME. On the day of the performance the audio track will be made available for download or streaming on the website of Transeuropa Festival: Then it is up to the participants to get the file ready on their player and reach the chosen square in one of the designated cities at the agreed time.
Time and Venues On Saturday 5th October 2013 the AIR TIME performance will take place simultaneously in ten public squares all over Europe:
o At 1:30 PM (local time): Tavistock Square in London
o At 2:30 PM (local time): tbc in Amsterdam; Forat de la Vergonya in Barcelona;
Alexanderplatz in Berlin; Place du Trocadéro in Paris; Vaclavske Namesti in Prague;
Piazza del Popolo in Rome; Copernicus Monument Square in Warsaw
o At 3:30 PM (local time): Piața Unirii in Cluj-Napoca; Ivan Vazov National Theatre Square
in Sofia The Transeuropa Festival Transeuropa Festival is an artistic, cultural and political festival, taking place simultaneously around Europe. Through a varied programme featuring cultural, artistic, open-air, and academic events, Transeuropa Festival 2013 offers a space to IMAGINE, DEMAND and ENACT an alternative Europe. The Festival features key intellectuals and artists, and attracts a young and mixed audience. It is a unique transnational festival: It takes place in 13 cities not as 13 different festivals happening at the same time, but as one truly European festival. Transeuropa Festival is organised by volunteers and supported by the professional team of European Alternatives. Each event is the result of partnerships and collaborations with NGOs, artistic and cultural institutions, creating a net of more than 100 organisations throughout Europe.
The Organizer
The AIR TIME performance is conceived and organized by European Alternatives (EA).
European Alternatives is a transnational civil society organisation and citizens' movement working from offices in Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Sofia and active in another 15 European countries.European Alternatives acts in the belief that the most urgent political and social  questions can no longer be understood or dealt with at the national level alone, and that new forms of transnational collectivity must be created to restore to citizens democratic control over their future. European Alternatives seeks to promote alternative means of social, cultural and political action and participation at European level, bringing together citizens, civil society, NGOs, and other groups to act together and transnationally. European Alternatives runs a festival in 13 countries simultaneously, runs pan-European campaigns on issues related to democratic and fundamental rights, organises conferences, consultations, and debates regularly throughout the continent, and actively uses innovative online methods. Partners and Support Transeuropa Festival is supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, ERSTE Stiftung and the European Commission. The AIR TIME performance and its parent project SHAREs – Informing Transnational Action are supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and by Allianz Kulturstiftung, with the additional contribution of DAZ — Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (Berlin), MACRO — Museum of Contemporary Art (Rome) and Red House (Sofia).
For additional material and the up-to-date programme please visit:
The Festival's organizers, the AIR TIME 's coordinators and the participating artists are available for interview. 

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