Art’s Birthday 2005

reverie : noise city

January 14 – 17, 2005

International web-streaming, radio broadcasts and performances at Mlab (Helsinki), Kunstradio and Ars Acustica (Vienna), Studio XX (Montreal), Modern Fuel Gallery (Kingston), Video Pool (Winnipeg), The New Gallery and EMMAX (Calgary), The Western Front (Vancouver), Radio Kinesonus (Tokyo), and other participants.

Events at the Western Front:

Friday, January 14th and Saturday, January 15th - Two nights of concerts featuring solo works and collaborations.

Sunday, January 16th – network audio exchanges with Vienna. Jamming between Vancouver and Vienna. Art’s Birthday Bingo Fundraiser.

Monday, January 17th – 24 hour web-cast at DREAM telephone-art and other streams, sound artists and poets will call-in at the time of their own birth. An answering machine will relay the calls to the Internet. Followed by The Upgrade! Vancouver, artist talk and discussion.

All of the performances will also take place in their virtual locations within Reverie

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.

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