[spectre] Radio Symétrique ||| Radio without filter
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Tue Jan 25 17:07:36 CET 2022
The Radio Symétrique project at Mains d'Oeuvres - France, was a media
and artistic experiment that aimed to test the possibilities of a
completely open radio device.
A pirate radio was set up for a month and a half, with a very particular
behavior: anyone could speak live automatically by calling a phone number.
No human intervention, no editorial filter.
The radio received more than 100 calls, at the beginning mainly coming
from visits of the exhibition, then as time went by,
people with no connection to the exhibition who received the signal used
the device to speak: musical improvisations, personal messages,
advertisements for local businesses or expressions of boredom... and not
a single insulting or hateful message.
A compilation of calls with subtitle and more than 50 raw calls can be
heard on the project page:
/Telephone, FM Transmitter, Antenna
/"/From a distribution device, the radio must be transformed into a
communication device/." wrote Bertold Brecht 90 years ago.
The radio must be thought not as a simple tool for broadcasting sound
but rather as an agent for modifying social relationships.
Radio Symétrique (Radio Symmetrical) is an autonomous radio territory
project that broadcasts in FM around the Mains d'Oeuvres art center
during the exhibition on 107.9 MHz.
Anyone can go live on the radio by calling 06 60 27 17 23. The messages
accumulate as the exhibition progresses and are broadcast permanently on
The usual verticality of the media - a handful of people speak while a
large number listen - is abolished in favor of a device that allows
to express themselves without an editorial filter. Radio Symétrique is
thus a media, political and social experiment, in the spirit of the open
phones of Radio Alice,
Radio ici et Maintenant or ∏node. What kind of content does this device
generate and what kind of relationships does it create?
Radio Symétrique is a neighborhood radio: only radio receivers located
around Mains d'Oeuvres can listen to it.
By calling the radio, it is therefore the people behind these stations
who are being addressed: residents, workers and visitors of the St Ouen
flea market neighborhood.
. ∏node and Acentrale for the experiments
. RYBN for the phone
. Elsa Döldissen for the voice in the jingle
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