‘CONDITIONS : 1218-0719’ is MÆKUR’s first release.
MÆKUR is the collaborative project of Maiа Urstad, Anton Kats and Eva Rowson. The collective synthesizes artistic, sonic and radiophonic practices to research communication technologies, amateur radio networks and archival practices.
As new technological forms open up and others become obsolete, MÆKUR are interested in how methods of self-organising, listening and transmitting as well as the sounds of the technology itself – its errors, interruptions and signals – also evolve. At the core of the MÆKUR collaboration is an ongoing archive, to emphasise multiple soundings of technical development and the different communities that form around it.
‘CONDITIONS : 1218-0719’ features live performances and excerpts from the MÆKUR archive, including recordings from the Blind Veterans UK Amateur Radio Society, Bergen Kringkaster (Bergen Broadcasting Association) and the Deutsche Welle radio archive. The recordings were gathered and improvised during residencies at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2018) and Lighthouse, Brighton, UK (2019), as part of ‘Who’s doing the washing up?’, an 18-month artist commissioning programme to explore how different voices, histories and types of work are valued in imaginations of the future, and with what consequences.
A collaborative release co-produced by Bergen Kunsthall (Norway), Lighthouse (United Kingdom), Sonic Acts and Paradiso (Netherlands). Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.