[spectre] Radio Symétrique ||| Radio without filter

Nicolas Montgermont list at nimon.org
Tue Jan 25 17:07:36 CET 2022

Hello specters,

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:

*Radio Symétrique*
/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 radio.

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.

Thanks to:
. ∏node and Acentrale for the experiments
. RYBN for the phone
. Elsa Döldissen for the voice in the jingle



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