Artist: Teresa Cos
Title: The Archive of Loops: Open Recording Session
Description: The Archive of Loops is an expanding archive of sound improvisations and the source material for compositions that play along with the artist’s films and installations. Sound is generated through a multitude of sources layered by looper and effect pedals, playing with notions of order, disorder and collective memory formation. This open recording session will include live sampling and manipulation of the live digital broadcast of selected international radio stations.
Type: Live Transmission
Bio: Teresa Cos explores repetition as the basic mode of contemporary life; chance and improvisation as agents to disrupt it. Her work encompasses audiovisual installations, experimental music performances and visual scores.
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.