de Appel, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10, Amsterdam
RADIODAYS is 26 days of live radio broadcast from De Appel, both on 107,4 FM in the area of Amsterdam as well as via web-stream on www.radiodays.org. The project is intended as a platform for contemporary art and life: sound-based artworks, storytelling, music, interviews or media-intervention. As an aural experience, as an exhibition connecting distant places, confront opinions, and challenge relations between participants and audience. What happens when observers become listeners?

There are several reasons for using radio instead of a gallery space. Radio offers a creative resistance to the retinal spectacle that surrounds us. Radio is also a strong tool for connecting people and bridging distances. Comparing with visual media, the radio space is more capable of challenging the capitalist sphere of interest, which is largely based on the visual spectacle. Closing ones eyes could therefore be seen as an act of civil disobedience.

A singing exhibition, a city walk, a ghost talk about phantoms, a radio play, a sound performance or a sound track of a video... from Saâdane Afif to Artur Zmijewski – more than sixty international artists are invited to make the “Radiodays” programme happen. Artists, art critics, curators, musicians and DJs will come to De Appel to discuss, to perform or to broadcast a new work.

Through April, every day (except on Mondays) the audience is invited to come to De Appel from 4 pm to 9 pm. The visitors can take part in a discussion, listen to a talk or a DJ set in the radio studio designed by the French artist Laurent Grasso (with the collaboration of Pascal Grasso) - or read a book on the subjects of the RADIODAYS programme in the archive created by Association Apsolutno.

Since some visual artists are invited to create a sound based work for the first time, the project reflects on the relationship between visuality and non-visuality and wants to stimulate the listener’s imagination. Broadcasted live from inside De Appel, the project aims to materialize an audience at different places: a live audience at De Appel, but also the listener at home, in the car, on the mobile phone, wherever a radio is at hand.

Participating artists are a.o. Saâdane Afif; AGF; Michiel Alberts; Dave Allen; Apsolutno; Justin Beal; James Beckett; Otto Berchem; Davide Bertocchi; Rachel Berwick; Johanna Billing; Christophe Boutin & Eric Débris; Lise Brenner / Colin McLean; Joris Brouwers; Maria Barnas & Nathalie Bruys; Susanne Bürner; Mircea Cantor; Jeremiah Day; Jeremy Deller; Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost; Angela Detanico & Raphael Lain; the doorman of Salon the Fleures, NY; Bojan Fajfric; Klaas van Gorkum; Grasso and Grasso; Krist Gruythuysen; Hiekelien van den Herik & Bauke van der Wal; Judith Hopf / Frauke Gust; Raul Keller; Zoran Kesic; Karooshi; Suchan Kinoshita; Ki wa; Germaine Koh; Thorsten Lauschmann; Jean-Yves Leloup & Jopo Stereo; Dominique Leroy; Gabriel Lester; LIGNA; Andres Lõo; Su Mei Tse; Lucy McKenzie / Paulina Olowska; Oswaldo Macia; Meta Haven; Montaron; Jonas Ohlsson; Boris Ondreicka; On Kawara; Artis Orbus; Kate Pocrass; Oda Projesi; Jakob Proyer; Radiobio; Nienke Rooijakker; Julika Rudelius; SUB; Fia Stina Sandlund; Peggy Sue; Samon Takahashi; Rirkrit Tiravanija; Rasa Todosijevic; Caecilia Tripp; Gabriela Vanga; Richard Widerberg; Jun Yang; Arthur Zmijewski.

RADIODAYS is a collaborative project with a.o. the Music Conservatory of Amsterdam, Das Arts, , WORMradio, Dispatch, B92, gelbe MUSIK / Ursula Block, Vacarme, Version, Radio Radio / Mel Brimfield & Dave Greenfield, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, WPS1, ARC / Musee d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Avanto Festival, Radioartemobile, ubu.com, Radio Monalisa, LACE, WHW.

A radio project by the Curatorial Training Programme 2004/2005: Rael Artel, Kathrin Jentjens, Claire Staebler, Jelena Vesic, Huib van der Werf and Veronica Wiman.

Radiodays poster

affiche, 2005