August 27 2020
Midnight to Midnight Argentina Time
24 HRS w/ 24 Radios
after 100 years of planetary wireless
Buenos Aires
New York
Mexico City
Washington, D.C.
Port Harcourt
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On the 100th anniversary of the first global entertainment broadcast, online radio stations from across the world present Wireless, a 24-hr translingual radio broadcast about planetary wireless communication.

On August 27, 1920, “The crazy people on the roof” (Radio Argentina Society initiators Enrique Susini, César Guerrico, Miguel Mugica, Luis Romero and Ignacio Gómez) installed a smuggled Marconi transmitter on the rooftop terrace of the Teatro Coliseo in downtown Buenos Aires. This broadcast of Wagner’s “Parsifal” marked the first radio broadcast in Argentina and the first mass public entertainment broadcast in the world.

On August 27, 2020, Midnight to Midnight Argentina Time, Wireless explores radio pasts and futures, from technology to entertainment. Everything wireless runs on radio, radio waves are the medium of wireless internet. Through translingual dialogue, music and sound, Wireless will consider the various modalities of this evolving planetary condition--spectrum, networks, telecommunications, infrastructure, urban acrobatics, physics, entertainment and education. Each partner radio will rebroadcast the marathon stream, leading to an amplification of radio investigation, entertainment, and solidarity.

On August 27, 2020, from midnight to midnight Argentina time, Wireless explores radio pasts and futures. Wireless communications run on radio; radio waves are the medium of wireless connectivity. Through live multilingual conversation, music and sound, with a few clips from archival memory, Wireless will explore these evolving conditions—spectrum, networks, telecommunications, infrastructure, urban acrobatics, physics, insects and bats, education and equipment. Partner radios will rebroadcast the multiport stream to amplify radio investigation, experimentation, and solidarity.

Segments include Ópera de los Vientos; SAOCOM Satellite Mission; Net Policing; Pirate Grime; Entertainment Evolutions; Spectrum Allocation; Paratelepathy; Radio Pedgagogy; Fin Del Mundo; BBC Coverup; Bats, Bees and Butterflies; Wire Walking; Remote Control; Troubleshooting and Workarounds; Hotwired; ZombieRadioTransoceánica; Devoiced; AI Heteroia; Marconi Story Hour; Whereless; Desierto Blanco; Primera Vez; Radiophonic Infrastructure; HelloLand!; Segnali Dal Cielo; 5G Pandemonia; Viral Times; and more.

WIRELESS is curated by Radio Espacio Estacion/ (nomadic) + Radio CASo (Buenos Aires), with partner radios including Radio Alhara (Palestina), Fruit Salad Radio (London), Radio Tsonami (Chile), The Radio School (Croatia), Chicoco Radio (Nigeria), Shanghai Community Radio (Shanghai), FM91 (Pakistan), Fanfare (Amsterdam), Radio Relativa (Madrid), Idade Media (Amazonia), Radio Nacional (Argentina), Radio Nopal (Mexico City), Das Antenna Rot Radio (Bratislava), Radio Crisálida (Cuba), Wave Farm (New York), Territorio Especifico (Montevideo), Radio Livre Ataca (Brasil), Rocket Radio (Italy), and nodes from Cyrpus, Lebanon, Wuhan, Ghana, Melbourne, Newfoundland and Antarctica.
Special guests include Marc Raboy, author of Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World (Canada); Shannon Mattern, anthropologist New School, Yamil Lora, The Point CDC, and Erica Kermani (Community Tech) in conversation with Guillermo Gomez, The Urban Design Forum (NYC); radio scholars and aficionados Douglas Kahn and Heather Constant (Melbourne); Joanne Wilson, ITU Deputy to the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (Geneva); designer and writer Aaron Z. Lewis (Washington DC).

Re-broadcast partners include BienalSur & CCK.

Producers: Agustina Woodgate, Stephanie Sherman, Hernan Woodgate, Florencia Curci
Graphics: Javier Rodriguez
Jingle: Fabian Reichle
Web: Sascha Krischock
Headsets: Clubsilent