Artist: Diana Duta & Julia E Dyck
Title: Wave Debris
Description: Wave Debris takes place during sunset, a collaborative performance at-a-distance which modulates the frequencies emitted by the sun at this time. Taking as a starting point Elisabeth Alexander’s research in the field of radio astronomy, Diana Duta and Julia E Dyck attempt to illuminate other phenomena which are always present yet not always perceived; phenomena that mediate, disclose and dissolve; that dust. The modulated frequencies are blended with field recordings, feedback and several readings of Ron Siliman’s Sunset Debris (2014).
Type: Live Transmission
Bio 1: Diana Duta works with visual, aural, and nearly-verbal language through performance, sound composition, and writing. Her work relies gently on the translation and re-interpretation of existing materials for generating new meaning. Duta’s most recent project 'Jambes' is a recording studio commissioning new work by artists interested in experimenting with sound and voice.
Bio 2: Julia E Dyck is a Canadian sound artist and radio producer working in performance, composition, installation, and transmission. She’s interested in the possible relations between the body, consciousness, and technology.
The second edition of Oscillation festival will take place as a 3-day radio marathon over the first weekend in May, in resonance with the International Day of Workers. In the absence of project funding, the format of radio offered us a possibility to nonetheless continue the festival and to use it as a framework to reflect on the notion of value in art and cultural organisation beyond the monetary. Radio has always been a favourite tool of autonomous, DIY and experimental practice; offering low-cost means of reaching people, diverse forms of expression, and new tools for thinking community, audience, and access. We want this year’s festival to be practical experiment in balancing responsible collaboration with an urgency to make space for things to happen.
Under the additional strain of collective lock-down measures, the festival has again adapted and will now take place entirely online. Formats were rethought where necessary as e.g. live streams, concerts-on-tape, focus radio-features, workshops via video-conference, and experiments in synchronised remote performance. In the necessary absence of a live-local audience, attention again folds out to a public dispersed in space. These new conditions created the possibility to draw on friends and contributors from other places, to see a wider spread of autonomous practices in dialogue with those in Brussels. In this way the festival can stay with the initial plan to be an open laboratory for near-continuous broadcast; a reflection on communities of producers and listeners, on making do, doing-it-ourselves, doing-it-with-others, and using what is at hand.