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Art's Birthday 2008 at the Western Front
Performance event January 17th, at 8 pm
by Anna Friz, Eileen Kage, Roberto Paci Dalò, Jean Routhier, Absolute Value of Noise, and E.D.R. Special live stream from Tokyo with Don Chow and guests.
"Art's Birthday" is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now. Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a network of artists and friends around the world. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners who work with ideas of exchange and telecommunications-art. Artists have celebrated Art's Birthday with lavish parties and gatherings, correspondence and mail art, and through Telematic networks using Slow Scan TV, Videophones, music composed for telephone lines, modem-to-modem MIDI connections, early bulletin board and chat systems, and Internet streaming.
This year's celebrations at the Western Front focus on the creation of an "acoustical re-electronic remix device." "Attic" uses a variety of speakers and microphones to turn the attic space into a giant feedback chamber. This is similar to physical reverberation chambers, but whereas reverberation chambers are typically sealed and separated from external sound sources, attics tend to pickup and amplify natural ambient sound (noises in the street, animals, birds, rain, wind, creaking, etc.). Through the collection of speakers and microphones, the artists will introduce alien sounds into this acoustic space - remote web-streams, noises made in the performance space, and audio from tape. As the evening progresses the sonic currents will be used to create a towering "birthday cake of the future", complete with electric discharge, and strange illuminations. Cake and Cava to be served at the conclusion.
This performance will connect with events around the world, drawing from the global Art's Birthday network. This year, events will take place at Radio Kinesonus (Tokyo), Don Chow and guests (Tokyo), Western Front (Vancouver), FAVA (Edmonton), Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse (Calgary), Paved Art + New Media (Saskatoon), Neutral Ground (Regina), Video Pool (Winnipeg), CFMU and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton), New Adventures in Sound Art and CKLN (Toronto and Mississauga), CKUT (Montreal), Radio Grenouille (Marseille), Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp), OKNO (Brussels), Kunstradio (Vienna), Czech Radio (Prague), and more.
Participants can be located through the Art's Birthday website at http://www.artsbirthday.net/