Ou•tré (uˈtreɪ) adj. Scrambling radio art/art of radio, social imaginary significations, collective fictional spaces, post-economic music, queer diasporas ... A relational outburst of ...
In approaching the new season of L’étranger, the criteria set – and questions posed – include: should you “rake over the ashes” (1) of the material you broadcast with what Radio Art Foundation termed “deadening techniques” such as editing, dubbing, pre-recording or allow things to happen on the spot - and therefore “really happen to the listener”? Do you recognize that “car stereos and transistor radios are notorious for providing that rare transcendent music listening experience” (2) and embrace the expressive quality of transience in contrast to the audiophile who denies “the contractions involved in perception exceed the capabilities of the mechanical ... expression in sound cannot be measured ... it operates in conjunction with a listener who also brings something to the sound.” Are you interested in exploring “anomalous zones of interference between genres” (3) and wrestling with “how to produce art that confronts without sham; art that is unequivocal in its refusal to placate or appease?” Do you stagger blind from following the straight line and crave “the aesthetics of multiplicity that Deleuze describes ... characterized by an ‘almost mad sentence, with its changes in direction, its ruptures and leaps, its prolongations, its sprouting, its parentheses.’” (4)
The attempted response: Turn up in the studio, take your jacket off, plug in the chaos patch, throw the jog wheel back, stutter, welcome in uninvited guests, coat your tongue with distempered gloss, jump onto billowing ledges, scribble down misheard conversations, recognize silence is sexy, rip up diary pages, scrape the shortwave dial, unwind blank cassettes, ring the wrong number ... leave as abruptly as you came, but close the door gently.
For two fleeting hours every second Sunday, it’s all right to remain a stranger.
(1) All Chemix Radio Series manifesto (1985)
(2) Aden Evens – ‘Sound Ideas’ (University Press, 2005)
(3) Ray Brassier – ‘Genre is Obsolete’ essay (Noise & Capitalism, 2008)
(4) Quoted in Matthew Fuller – ‘Media Ecologies, Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture’ (MIT Press, 2005)
"A great radio programme from Brussles with a combination of art, music and punk mentality. One of the intellectuals who hates intellectuals and thus: himself. Don't we love that?" - Felix Kubin, The Wire Magazine (Portal) 2010.
Please feel free to hammer out a missive to: L'étranger, Radio Panik, Rue St. Josse 49, Brussels 1210, Belgium