[microsound-announce] Call for work -- 128kbps objects --

Dominic Smith Dominic.Smith at tynesidecinema.co.uk
Wed Sep 19 05:32:01 EDT 2012

or-bits.com is inviting artists to submit work for inclusion in the
project 128kbps objects, a week-long internet radio broadcast on
basic.fm that will explore the idea of objects in transformation.

-- About basic.fm --

basic.fm is a net radio broadcast project initiated by Pixel Palace. We
are looking after it and nurturing it in the hope that one day it will
grow up to be big and strong. basic.fm stands for Broadcast Art, Sound
and Independent Culture. It is a slow growing project; each month we add
new features and work. 

-- About 128kbps --

The project 128kbps objects will look into contemporary notions of
object-hood across a variety of artistic practices, mediums and sites,
investigating the potentials of displaying objects sonically. It will
take into considerations the characteristics of the web-tool employed,
the internet radio, such as the erasure of visual language, the loss of
direct interaction with artistic content, the relationship between speed
and quality, for which, for instance, all the sonic data above quality
threshold of 128 kilo bytes per second are cancelled out.

How would an object manifest itself, be thought of, described or
narrated when its inherent material quality are taken away, when the
viewer is not confronted with its visual appearance? How can an art
object be thought of in relation to the nature of its reception and
social presence within the context of an internet radio broadcast?

Many and varied are the discourses about the relationship between
object-hood, medium and distribution, starting from Walter Benjamin's
observations on mechanical reproductions, and many are the trajectories
these discourses have opened up: from looking at base materiality to
social interaction, from the aura of the work of art to the
disappearance of medium-specificity.

or-bits.com has invited an array of artists, new and already featured on
its online exhibitions, writers, curators and organisations to create a
work or represent an existing one in response to the above text.

We also want to open up this project to other artists we don't know and
we are looking for contributions that will reflect and expand on these
themes, or question them. This is an unpaid opportunity.

We look forward to receiving your contributions,
or-bits.com and basic.fm

-- Submission Guidelines --

Submission can be in the form of a sound work, music, a reading, a
performance or an interview. They can be proposed to be broadcasted as a
one-off or as a series to be presented at different times during the
week of broadcast.

If you are submitting/describing potential playlists, or excerpts of
other artists' works, you will have to include a full list detailing
name of artist, title of work, year and copyright holder, i.e.
Distributor/record label (basic.fm holds PLL/PRS licences).

Sound files should be in mp3 128kbps format.

Deadline for submissions: 8 October 2012
Dates of broadcast: 22-28 October 2012

-- Submissions should be made via the basic.fm website:
http://www.basic.fm/?page_id=1291 --


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