In the spring of 2005, Heidi Grundmann will visit three artist run centres in Canada: Studio XX in Montreal, Interaccess in Toronto, and the Western Front in Vancouver. During her stay in Vancouver, she will spend time looking through the archives of the Western Front with the aim of creating an on-line (web) archive about Wiencouver – a series of Telematic exchanges that have taken place between the Western Front and Vienna since 1979. Wiencouver has used the telephone, the video-phone, fax machines, and Internet streaming technologies to connect artists at distant points in a variety of projects. As one of the first on-going projects of its kind, the history of Wiencouver provides an interesting background and context for future Telematic works.
The on-line archive will be launched in May 2005 along with the catalogue and audio CD from Reverie: noise city (
http://reverie.aaeol.ca) a recent on-line audio-art project produced by the Western Front in collaboration with many participants from around the world.
Heidi Grundmann (Vienna, Austria) lectures and writes on art and new media and has organized and curated symposia and exhibitions related to art practice in the electronic media – especially radio, TV and the Internet. She was involved in groundbreaking Telematic radio art projects and was the editor of several publications such as “Art & Telecommunication”, Vienna/Vancouver, 1984; “The Geometry of Silence”, Vienna, 1991; “On the Air”, Innsbruck, 1993; “ZEITGLEICH”, Triton Verlag, Vienna, 1994; and “SOUND DRIFTING”, Triton Verlag, Vienna, 2000. In 2000, H.G. was the curator of the audio-part of “RE-PLAY”, an exhibition about the beginnings of international media-art in Austria in the 70s. (Generali-Foundation, Vienna, 2000). http://kunstradio.at/REPLAY/. In 2003 she curated the symposium “Material Re: Material (remix & copyright)” at the Maerzmusik Festival and co-hosted by Deutschland Radio’s “Sonic Art Lounge”, Berlin. In 2004 she co-developing “Re-Inventing Radio”, an ongoing series of events consisting of theoretical discussions and a series of artistic projects taking place in different contexts, among them the garage festival 2004, Stralsund, Germany and the Ars Electronica Festival 2004 in Linz, Austria.
Heidi Grundmann has worked as cultural reporter, art and theatre critic, editor, program producer and consultant at the ORF (Austrian National Radio/TV) for over 30 years. In 1987 she created the radio program KUNSTRADIO-RADIOKUNST (original artworks for radio). KUNSTRADIO is a still vibrant 45 minute program broadcast weekly on ÷1, the cultural channel of the ORF. Since the beginning of 1995 KUNSTRADIO has its own (artist run) homepage: http://kunstradio.at, which was and is the site of many art projects, live web-casts and an archive of international radio-art.