radioCona Temporary Project Radio For Contemporary Arts

Art project radioCona (by Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman) first broadcasted on january 1st, 2008. Till present nine FM and internet broadcasts with series of sound art, radio art, discursive projects, thematic discussions and lectures were produced. radioCona appeared and exhibited in Modern Gallery Ljubljana, City Gallery Ljubljana, transmediale.11, RAM LIVE, among others.

Read more about radioCona English – pdf

There has recently arisen the need to rearticulate the use and abuse of the radio-frequency space both in social and artistic contexts. The abuse of radio for exclusively propaganda purposes (for politics or the economy) is slowly but surely undermining this space. Already in Brecht’s texts the radio is interpreted as a forerunner of the Internet, mobile communication, and other two-way communication technologies. Artworks employing communication technology relate to locative media and to placing events in the artistic and social contexts. Through a series of FM and online broadcasts and the formulation of a radioCona platform, the project thinks the use of the radio-frequency space in the artistic and broader social contexts. Legally and without any major procedural complications (such as those that marked 2008, the first year of its operation), radioCona has occasional access to a frequency band. For this it was necessary to define the domain and find an interlocutor (the national administrator of the frequency space) in order to realize the project on the FM frequencies. The local FM broadcast is also streamed live for the sake of wider distribution. The project is set up and activated periodically for relatively short intervals. The mobile audio studio changes location in accordance with the content and logistics of the individual broadcast, captures sounds from the environment, and maps active spaces. RadioCona works as a platform for processing, producing, and exhibiting contemporary art projects that can be distributed by radio. Its program also comprises accompanying events: talks, panel discussions, guided tours of exhibition projects, with an important part being radioCona’s own sound-art projects and soundscapes. In the future radioCona plans to focus even more on projects that think two-way, radio-frequency based transmission of information, not one-to-one communication but rather social systems of communicating, social protocols, and temporary communities originating therefrom, and the interactions within a community in relation to what starts the basic information.

Broadcast announcement 5.July 2009 88.8MHz Ljubljana – Slovenija
broadcast04 – radioCona A10 Poljane


Broadcast announcement – 24.sept to 2.oct 2008 – 88.8MHz Ljubljana – Slovenija
broadcast03 – public space link
archieve broadcast03 – public space; podcast03 link


Broadcast announcement – 19. to 30.June 2008 – 88.8MHz Ljubljana – Slovenija
broadcast02 – Copyright
archieve broadcast02 – Copyright; podcast02 link
The main theme of the broadcast is devoted to authorship. We will take a look at how copyright functions in practise in the music, visual and intermedia area, as well as how digitalization is carried out.

RadioCona supports regulated copyright, though it does not support the obstruction of creativity that takes place through the implementation of the copyright and neighbouring rights laws in force at present. In practise, this happens rather easily; for example, that you cannot realize your own authorial work in a public space without having to pay the reimbursement to a collective organisation.

During our broadcast, RadioCona will open a LEGAL OFFICE for issues related to copyright. RadioZone invites you to visit it and discuss issues related to copyright with us.

We wish to call attention to the functioning of the legislation in force at the moment and examine its after-effects in practise, which – according to Article 147 – provides collective organisations to collect reimbursements on behalf of authors who are not and do not wish to become their members. Programme-wise, we will follow the existing legislation, but we will not pay any money to collective organisations. Thus, we will not play music or broadcast texts.

We are preparing discussions with a number of artists, makers of authorial works. We will also speak with lawyers and other copyright experts.
We are interested whether authors are aware of the rights that the existing legislation provides for. What is the nature of the relation toward those who commission the work? What kind of contracts do authors sign?
the program is part of the festival Coppers and Robbers
festival of creativity an d free culture 08 – creative commons slovenija
Broadcast announcement – 1. to 8. January 2008- 88.8MHz Ljubljana – Slovenija
01 the project
RadioZone is an intermedia project, which employs the space of a public radio frequency. The aim of the project is to constitute a platform – a legal project radio frequency for contemporary art – and establish communication in public space for authors and users of contemporary art. RadioZone provides for the constitution of space of contemporary art. It is a project radio, which goes on the air every now and then, for only a limited period of time, and is intended to processing, exhibiting, broadcasting and commenting contemporary art. RadioZone acts in an intermedia context, employing the medium of radio for interventions into public space. The archive of broadcasts is regularly updated and can be found on the project’s web page.
The project radioZone opens up the questions of free accessibility of the media space. (1) An ever-increasing commercialization of the radio medium results in the omission of contents that have not yet entered the capitalist lobby. The project thus opens up questions about the possibility for emergence of different contents in the context of the radio. (2) The aim of the project is to intervene in an active and engaged way into the popularization of contemporary art. At the same time, the project endeavors to acquire new audiences, as contemporary art is often criticized for addressing merely a small segment of the public.
In the times when the spaces for contemporary art are being reduced, the radioZone inhabits a fresh, still “unconquered” public space – the radio airwaves.
What is a temporary radio frequency? Post and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia provides for a possibility to obtain a temporary frequency for 14 days at the most, i.e. as an event radio, without having to register with the Ministry of Culture. RadioZone is using this possibility. Further, as far as the general media space situation is concerned, the facts are the following: space is not unlimited, and the area of radio frequencies will reach its limits in the next few years. Thus, it is of vital importance that the project like RadioZone plays the game at this stage and participates in obtaining the temporary frequency. With continuous project activities, RadioZone aims to sustain the zone that would enable free access to radio airwaves for noncommercial contents. It is an indisputable fact that when all the frequencies are distributed – and at present, they are predominantly distributed for commercial purposes – the area of publicly available frequencies will be closed. What will happen after the space (of publicly available frequencies) is closed is undoubtedly a matter of speculation. Still, it is highly probable that the digitalization – in comparison to television – will not come about so quickly.

07 the team

authors: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
adviser: Igor Štromajer
Cona – Institute for Contemporary Art Processing
Virtualna baza Intima – Institute for Contemporary Arts

participants in the first broadcast – January 1. to 8. 2008
radio presenters: Helena Božič, Ana Ličina, Gregor Kamnikar / sound technician: Jure Vlahovič
artists: Maja Delak, Iztok Kovac, Bojana Kunst /Apolonija Šušteršic, Ema Kugler, Tanja Lažetic /Nina Meško, Tina Smrekar, Sašo Sedlaček
theoreticians and commentators: Maska’s Seminar of Contemporary Performing Arts (mentor Bojana Kunst; Andreja Kopač, Iztok Ilc, Samo Gosarič, Nataša Srhoj, Simona Hamer, Jasmina Založnik); studio guests: Maks Soršak and Jurij Krpan; about the performance Expensive Darlings: Katja Praznik, Sabina Potočki, Nataša Živkovic
music: Tomaž Grom, Random Logic, Drago Ivanuša, Borut Kržišnik, Peter Kus, Luka Prinčič, Borut Savski, Silence, Brane Zorman, Mojca Pungerčar

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