Wireless Cultures Symposium – Part 1: Introduction

Introduction: Radio vs Wireless, Micz Flor, media producer (Germany)

Micz Flor presented a brief sketch of the history of radio and radio art, exploring selected creative and subversive interventions. Starting just a few years before radio was invented, he lead through some of the main objectives of radio practice today, to arrive at the entrance of the afternoon session: wireless technology.

Micz Flor is a cultural producer and media developer based in Berlin. He produces the political online magazine fluter for the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, and also works as a developer and training consultant at the Center for Advanced Media in Prague, where he initialised Campware, a software system for online publishing. Flor has an active interest in how radio can be used to network communities, and has produced two documentaries on this topic: Scattered Frequencies: Radio Networking in Nepal (2002) and Reaching Everyone (2001) about an independent radio network in Indonesia. Flor has worked on cultural events and symposia all around Europe, including the Hybrid WorkSpace, a collaboration between documenta X and the Berlin Biennial, in Kassel in 1997 and the sound and radio exhibition One Bit Louder in Video Positive 2000 in Liverpool.

Wireless Cultures Symposium – Part 2: Tetsuo Kogawa

The Phenomenology of Wireless Technologies: Tetsuo Kogawa, radio pioneer (Japan)

Tetsuo Kogawa undertook a performance-lecture whereby he constructed a series of Mini FM transmitters on stage and performed with them using them as ‘radio theramins’. He also considered the historical context of the Mini-FM movement in Japan.

Tetsuo Kogawa is a radio practitioner, teacher and artist. He introduced free radio to Japan through his work with the Mini-FM movement in Tokyo in the 1980s. He will refer to this work in his performance-lecture at Wireless Cultures. Kogawa is widely known for his blend of criticism, performance and activism. He has written over 30 books on media culture, film, the city and urban space, and micro politics. Most recently he has combined the experimental and pirate aesthetics of the Mini-FM movement with internet streamed media. He studyied philosophy at Sophia and Waseda Universities, and taught at Wako University for 17 years. He is currently Professor of Communication Studies at Tokyo Keizai University’s Department of Communications.

Wireless Cultures Symposium – Part 3: Simon Worthington

Simon Worthington

Simon Worthington is the co-editor and founder of Mute magazine and Metamute.com. He has been active in promoting the use of DIY wireless technologies in the East End of London. He instigated the You Are Here wireless project for Mute, and contributes to the East-end-net network. He has organised many events and practical workshops on the technology required for establishing wireless networks. He completed his BA Fine Art (Hons) Painting degree at the Slade School of Art (University College London) in 1992, where he ran an open contributions magazine called Mute. In 1991, his interest in the creative applications of technology led him to attend CalArts in Los Angeles, where he decided to relaunch Mute as a critical quarterly. Mute has staged two events exploring the critical context of technology at Tate Modern.

Wireless Cultures Symposium – Part 4: Pete Gomes

Wireless Intermedia and the birth of Terraportals: Pete Gomes, wireless artist (UK)

Pete Gomes gave a presentation which explored his past work with wireless systems and discussed future explorations of invisible architectures.

Pete Gomes is a filmmaker and artist who works across all forms of celluloid, digital media and the internet, ranging from drama to expanded cinema. His work has been screened extensively in the UK and at International film and media festivals. His recent projects at the Architectural Association in London have explored how wireless intermedia shapes and effects urban space. This work included a wireless performance called Work, Place., and early wireless signal mapping on pavements, which came to be known as ‘warchalking’. He held a New Technologies Research Post at the ICA in London in 1996–8. In 2002 he collaborated with Michael Nyman, who scored music for his film Mapping, shown at Gimpel Fils. He has a forthcoming screening of films as of part Mies Van Der Rohe exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, and his two recent collaborations with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, which will tour the UK in March, having premiered at Dance Umbrella in 2002. He is writing and directing his first feature length film 4ps, a non linear narrative film, exploring psychological archetypes, which is conceived to be delivered across multiple platforms. His presentation at Wireless Cultures is dedicated to Miles Treers, musician, artist, coder, and inhabitant of backspace (1964–2002).

Wireless Cultures Symposium – Part 5: Nancy Proctor

Sensing Location: Wireless in the Gallery Play: Nancy Proctor, Antenna Audio (UK)

Nancy Proctor is the new product development manager at Antenna Audio. Her work is focused on wireless interactive guide systems, technologies to provide disabled access, and audio-visual solutions for the web. In 2002 she worked with Tate on the development of the Multimedia Tour – a pilot project which used a location sensitive wireless network and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to deliver an in-gallery guided tour of Tate Modern’s Still Life/Object/Real Life gallery displays. The project won the award for Technical Innovation at the 2002 BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards. Proctor’s background is in designing digital publishing solutions for the arts. She was the founder and director of New Art online gallery and TheGalleryChannel.com. She has also worked as a curator and critic, and holds an MA and PhD in art history from Leeds University.

Video content for the 2003 Tate Modern conference, Wireless Cultures Symposium, with contributions from Micz Flor, Tetsuo Kogawa, Simon Worthington, Pete Gomes and Nancy Proctor.