Art's Birthday 2019 live broadcast 1.000.056 Years from Now




Tuesday - Friday

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

and by appointment


Donnerstag, 17. Januar 2019 - 18:30


sofa68_Seppo Gründler (c) esc mkl_Foto: martin Gross

Founded as a homage to art, this action day seeks to recognise the presence of art in everyday life. Art's Birthday is going to take place during the sofa68-exhibition and from 8 pm onwards it is broadcasted live at Radio Helsinki.


7 pm: Nomadic Producers (Seppo Gründler & Rupert Lehofer): 1968 auf dem SofaPerformance

8 to 10 pm: Live transmission Radio Helsinki

Reni Hofmüller: Moderation in between all the pieces

Barbara Edlinger und Marion Wicher: NOSound performance (Verwalzungen), talk and live performance

Guts & Faders (Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka und Peter Venus): Present 2019Live improvisation

Vera Sebert: Juwelen des Ekels oder die NiedergeschmerztenText

Zihua Tan: a room without corners (part of a series) – Composition, improvisation with objects (whisk, cello bow, drum)

Vera Sebert: Die klassische Artikulation bei beforsteten KiefernText

10 to 10:20 pm: Seppo Gründler: 1.000.056 Years from Now Composition
In about one million years from now the electromagnetic waves from the broadcast will be not even half way to Andromeda, but will have passed Alpha Centauri and M13 besides many other interstellar objects. Art will be twice as old as today. So on the 17th of January 2019 a roboter drops a dry sponge into a water bucket for the 1.000.056 birthday of art, delivering the impulse sound for my piece. Transformations of these sound will be accompanied by sounds and rhythms composed out of encoded sequences starting with „Art’s Birthday“ followed by the question and internet's answer to „what is art?“. The encoding will follow the principles of Hans Freudenthals artificial language Lincos, which was developed especially for Cosmic Intercourse in 1960. According to Brian Greene, a professor of theoretical physics at Columbia University in New York City, humans 1 million years from now will not look much like people do now, and he said their lives will be so different that humans today wouldn't recognize them. Maybe the messages will be decoded on their way. If they bounce back in time, maybe these beings will be able to decode them and celebrate the 2.000.112 arts birthday, despite the warnings from American scientist, that sending messages to extraterrestrial beings might be dangerous.

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  • esc mkl_Art's Birthday_esc mkl_PeterVenus (c) esc mkl_Foto: Felicitas Pilz
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  • eesc mkl_Art's Birthday_Verwalzungen_BarbaraEdlinger (c) esc mkl_Foto: Felicitas Pilz
  • esc mkl_Art's Birthday_VeraSebert (c) esc mkl_Foto: Felicitas Pilz
  • esc mkl_Art's Birthday_ZihuaTan (c) esc mkl_Foto: Felicitas Pilz