art’s birthday 2005-2010
release date : 2010
label : ebu / ars acoustica

“Art’s Birthday” is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now. Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a loose network of artists and friends around the world. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners – working with the ideas of exchange and telecommunications-art. Artists have celebrated Art’s Birthday with lavish parties and gatherings, correspondence and mailart, and through Telematic networks using SloScan TV, Videophones, music composed for telephone lines, modem-to-modem MIDI connections, early bulletin board and chat systems, and (starting in the mid 1990’s) the Internet.

In January 2010, David Fenech, Jac Berrocal and Ghédalia Tazartès played live from “La Maison de la Radio” in Paris. This recording was selected for the French contribution for a compilation of a selection of best moments from the “art’s birthday events” between 2005 and 2010.

Tracklisting :

CD1 :
01. ward weis – a letter by letter reading of robert filliou’s whispered art history
02. marc weiser – wär ich doch in düsseldorf geblieben
03. norbert math with daniel lercher – the great highlander jubilee
04. ghedalia tazartes, jac berrocal, david fenech – quando
05. karl-heinz blomann, richard ortmann – sometimes pumpstation
06. arsenije jovanovic – birthday collage, selected fragments from arts birthday contributions
07. martin jezek – sound performance based on milan grygar’s graphic scores
08. olesya rostovskaya – shine

01. radboud mens – drone
02. olesya rostovskaya – music of breath
03. leopoldo amigo, miguel molina – dudadadá
04. ivan marusic klif, ivana ivkovic – in the place where we are, still looking for some relation
05. jérôme joy, dinahbird, caroline bouissou, björn eriksson, kaffe matthews, emmanuelle gibello – sobralasolas! a parasite radiopera
06. robert rudolf and the joystick radio melody orchestra – dans la petite maison sous les chutes
07. jaap blonk, martin brandlmayr, werner dafeldecker, markus popp, matthias schubert – redesigning the future … remix
08. stephie büttrich, anne wellmer – if i could i had but i can’t so i didn’t …live sound 0for a radio cartoon