Recorded Video Stream

This schedule uses german (CET) time. For GMT schedule and more streaming links go to the official Art's Birthday site.

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Art's Birthday 2011 Karlsruhe

To Rococo Rot, the trio of Stefan Schneider (Ex Kreidler) and brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok, arrived just over a decade ago at the point where digital precision and instrumental abstraction were harnessed into new directions in contemporary music, detached and accessible. Their early albums, Veiculo and The Amateur View, spoke in the future imperfect tense, highly complex but concentrated sound happenings. And with their new album Speculation they created a well balanced mix of Krautrock and Minimal Music in a new form.
For SWR's Art's Birthday they will work with Yoko Ono's "Grapefruit" book. Playing with her Event Scores – e.g.:

Go on transforming a square canvas
in your head until it becomes a
circle. Pick out any shape in the
process and pin up or place on the
canvas an object, a smell, a sound
or a color that came to your mind
in association with the shape.

Institut fuer Feinmotorik (IFF) is Mark Bruederle, Daniel van den Eijkel, Marc Matter and Florian Meyer.
IFF is an artists group working in different media. Although the main activity for which the group is known is acoustic-art / music.
IFF is located in Bad Säckingen (black forrest), Berlin, Cologne and Karlsruhe (all Germany). The group was founded 1997 for a club-event in Basel (Switzerland) at brisant kiosk / club.
IFF produces different output (photography, video, music, drawing, computerprogramming, printed matter etc.), organizes artistic-/cultural events, does lectures and workshops and publishes artistic goods such as music records, books etc.
IFF got some reputation for their acoustic work with a reductionist set-up: 8 turntables, 4 DJ mixers + end-mixer, which is served by the groups members. Anything (except records) which somehow fits between turntables and pick-up cartridges (household rubberbands, paper-stickers, rubbergums, handicraft-tools + various junk and tinker-trivias) may be played.
Lately, IFF contributed to Art Exhibitions, took part in a music-theatre, did lectures on topics such as the Dreammachine, contributed to the German Avantgarde-Music Revue Positionen and produced an abstract radioplay for RADIO ARTHUR, Basel.
IFF performed over 80 events since 1997 - most of them Sound-Performances & Concerts; they played at international media-art festivals and did touring in Europe and South America. IFF also released several Vinyl records on Labels like Fusetron (USA), Staubgold (BRD), Synchron (CH), Eventuell (BRD); they published a book entitled "Feinmotorik Kompendium" (Maas Media Verlag, Berlin) in 2005.

Ichiigai is an independent label for sonic and visual art run by young artists in the vicinity of the State University for Art and Media (HfG) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Some of the artists participate at Art's Birthday with dedicated pieces.

Moderator: Julia Neupert
Executive Producer: Frank Halbig
Production: SWR/HfG/ZKM 2011

On air: 9.03 – 11.00 pm CET SWR2
On site: 8.00 – 12.00 pm CET ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe


To Rococo Rot

Institut fÜr Feinmototrik

Satellite schedules

    Time-slots RAVEL (CET)

  • 20:05 - DLR/DKU (Live from Berlin)
  • 20:20 - Radio Croatia (Live from Zagreb)
  • 20:40 - NLNPO/VPRO (Live from Hilversum)
  • 21:00 - Radio Slovenija (Live from Ljubljana)
  • 21:20 - AT ORF (Live from Vienna)
  • 21:40 - Ward Weis (Live from Antwerp)
  • 22:00 - Radio Belgrade (Live from Belgrade)
  • 22:20 - RTBF (Live from Brussels)
  • 22:40 - SWR (Live from Karlsruhe)
  • 23:00 - Free Radio Helsinki (Live from Graz)
  • 23:20 - Media and Interaction Design / ESC (Live from Graz)
  • 23:40 - Peter Courtemanche live from Vancouver


    Time-slots VERDI (CET)

  • 20:05 - Swedish Radio (Live from Stockholm)
  • 20:10 - Slovak Radio (Live from Bratislava)
  • 20:30 - Czech Radio 3 (Live from Prague)
  • 20:50 - Swedish Radio (Live from Stockholm)
  • 21:10 - DLR/DKU (Live from Berlin)
  • 21:30 - FIYLE (Live from Turku)
  • 21:50 - SWR (Live from Karlsruhe)
  • 22:10 - Radio Russia (Live from Moscow)
  • 22:30 - Radio RNE (live from Madrid)
  • 22:50 - Radio France (Live from Paris)
  • 23:10 - EER (Live from Tallinn)
  • 23:30 - Swedish Radio (Live from Stockholm)


This schedule uses german (CET) time. For GMT schedule and more streaming links go to the official Art's Birthday site.

History of Art's Birthday

Art's Birthday Party is a celebration in memory of Robert Filliou who declared, on 17 January 1963, that Art had been born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Ten years later he celebrated Art's 1,000,010th birthday at the Neue Galerie, Aachen.

After Filliou's death in 1987, some artists began to celebrate Art's Birthday with mail art, fax and slow scan TV events in the spirit of his concept of "The Eternal Network" or "La Fête permanente". The birthday parties took place in different cities across the world and artists were asked to bring birthday presents for Art - works that could be shared over the network.
Art's Birthday Party has never been a formal event but was always organized on an ad hoc basis through the network. Every participating location (and they are different every year) organizes its own party - from a few friends in a private studio to a performance evening in a museum, gallery or radio station . The only condition is that each group be able to send and receive birthday presents for Art. Since 1994 this has usually meant using the Internet in one form or other. Filliou's invention of Art's Birthday is wonderfully absurd and humorous in the typical Fluxus tradition of serious fun. So the global birthday party for art has always tried to be fun while paying homage to Robert Filliou's dream of The Eternal Network.

For this international event, the EBU Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents and contributions under the idea of sound "gifts". Two main points in Stockholm (SESR) and Vienna (ATORF) will collect them via ISDN-lines and via the Internet and feed the two EBU satellite channels: Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) will offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material if wanted or – as an example – the R channel of the satellite can be mixed with the V channel.

Apart from that, on the Ars Acustica webpage at the EBU, everyone can find the web addresses of independent international web projects also involved in the party. All this input offers every station and producer their particular approach to this exciting event!