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17 Dec 2008

Radiator Festival & Symposium

Exploits in the Wireless City


13-24 January
Various Venues and off-site projects

Launch event 14 Jan 6-11pm

+44 (0)115 840 9272

14-18 Broad Street

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The 4th Radiator festival & symposium, 'Exploits in the Wireless City', aims to instigate discussion, debate and new interdisciplinary research networks based on the understanding that the development of digital networks are transforming our notion of (public and private) space.

Radiator will host a symposium alongside a series of presentations, exhibitions and off site projects throughout the city where the audience will have the opportunity to explore, remodel and re-present space in its traditional and emergent forms.

In its critique, Radiator will question the opportunities, future strategies and implementations that artists and communities face when learning to act within these new hybrid city spaces.

Through its artistic interventions, Radiator will put theory into practice with projects and events that both position and challenge the dominant forces at work in the urban environment and explore the new territories opened up by hybrid space. The 'Going Underground' project, investigates this infrastructure by placing 5 artists into the urban confines of British cities:

Glenn Davidson (Artstation) (UK)
Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser (DE)
Ian Nesbitt (UK)
Christian Nold (UK)
N55 (DK)

These artists will act as sleeper agents, observing and gathering information from a range of different sources including; architects, planning departments, city council offices, surveillance, monitoring centre's and the Police to create new work in response to their research.

The Radiator festival is curated by Anette Schafer & Miles Chalcraft from Trampoline. Trampoline has hosted and curated events in both Nottingham and Berlin since 1997.

Symposium: 'Exploits in the Wireless City'
15-16 January 2009
A two day event at Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham.

Bringing together artists with architects, urban theorists, computer scientists, sociologists and fellow citizens, the symposium will explore, question and play with a new urban landscape where the re-conceptualizing of the public sphere in the regeneration developments of the East Midlands mirror those around Europe.

Participants in the Symposium:

Saul Albert: Co-organiser of Dorkbot, and co-founder of The People Speak, UK
Richard Barbrook: Critic of the neo-liberal cyber-elite, University of Westminster, Hypermedia Research Centre, UK
Steven Benford: Professor of Collaborative Computing University of Nottingham, member of Mixed Reality Laboratory, UK
Duncan Campbell: Freelance Investigative Journalist, UK
Neil Cummings (tbc): Professor of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design
Sean Dodson: The Guardian, UK
Charlie Gere: Director of Research at the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University UK
Peter Goodwin: Executive Director of Accelerate Nottingham, the leading think-tank on ICT issues for the Greater Nottingham area.
Usman Haque: Architect & Artist, UK
JODI (tbc): The pioneer artists duo of Net Art - Joan Heemskerke/NL –
Dirk Paesmans/BE; recent exhibitions include; 'Deep Screen - Art in Digital Culture Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2008'; Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam)
Rob Van Kranenburg: The Waag Society, NL
Joost Van Loon: Institute for Cultural Analysis Nottingham Trent University, UK
Krzysztof Nawratek: Lecturer in Architecture, University of Plymouth, UK
Saskia Sassen (tbc): Sociologist and economist noted for her analyses of globalisation and international human migration, USA
Kuba Szreder: Independent Curator, PL

Observers and advisors:

Sarah Cooke: Researcher, co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB (the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss), an online resource for curators, producers, commissioners and exhibitors of new media art, UK
Regine Debatty: Initiated a weblog for critical media art and cultural discourse, BE/DE
Alessandro Ludovico: Editor of Neural Magazine, IT
Laura Sillars: Head of Programming at FACT, Liverpool, UK


10 days of exhibitions, events and discussion exploring how electronic networks are transforming our notion of private and public space

Launch event: 14 January 6-11pm
Events: 13-18 January
Symposium: 15, 16 January, Broadway Media Centre & Derby QUAD
Exhibition: 13 – 25 January

Various venues and off site projects across Nottingham


Symposium details:

Thurs 15 - Fri 16 January: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Thurs 5:00pm – 9:30pm: Trip to Derby QUAD for Jane & Louise Wilson exhibit, AGM exhibit, talks and networking

Full Pass: £ 60 (concs. £ 45)
Early Birds: £ 50 (concs. £ 40)
Single Day: £ 35 (concs. £ 25)

Prices include lunch, refreshments, trip to Derby Quad, Radiator Festival events.

Accommodation: special hotel deals with Radiator bookings. Email for details or check website nearer the time.

For Bookings, ring (0)115 840 9272

Early Bird registration is before December 12th