In the age of digital and social media, we constantly receive multiple and often contradicting streams of information that shape our increasingly complex and contested realities. The CTM Radio Lab’s new KONTINUUM commission reflects this situation by offering a singular audio channel to be modulated by one artist (or team of artists) over a period of one year.
The winner of this call, Thomas Wagensommerer, discusses generative real-time installation “~NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW~.” An experimental sonic arrangement, the piece uses several applications to feed and support one another in generating a constant audio stream. A 5 second long recording of the word “now,” taken from Celine Dion’s 1996 hit “It's All Coming Back To Me Now,” forms the core of this sonic arrangement.
The CTM Radio Lab is an initiative by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, Goethe-Institut, and The Wire magazine.
Marcus Gammel is from Bremen, Germany. He studied musicology, German literature and philosophy at Humboldt University, Université Paris IV and New York University. He has worked as a music journalist, dramaturge, and radio curator for institutions such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Reclam Verlag, and Deutschlandfunk.
Thomas Wagensommerer is a media artist, theoretician, and musician working in visual and audio experimentation. He is also the lecturer for Experimental Media at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, does light design for performances, and is a member of the What if? arts project about identity in art, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.