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*Gesendet:* 06.10.2022 18:07:07
*An:* Thurnher Ingrid Dir. - HD <ingrid.thurn...@orf.at>;Bernhofer Martin Dr. - HO 1 <martin.bernho...@orf.at>;Ö1 Service - ORF-K <oe1.serv...@orf.at>;
*Betreff:* Kunstradio to be axed?

October 5, 2022

Dear Ingrid Thurnher and Martin Bernhofer at Austrian National Radio, ORF:

Can it be that Kunstradio-Radiokunst is being threatened with extinction?! This is grave news for all those who believe in the future of radio and for Austria itself. Kunstradio is more than radio program celebrating the art of radio, it is a worldwide space of creative freedom to continually expand the boundaries of art in this wireless era.

Extinguishing this space will be a blow to the evolution of radio as an artform worldwide. The ORF is a sophisticated radio network and the voice of creative Austria. Austria is so important for its rich cultural history, its music, literature, its theatre. The world looks to Austria for its historic accomplishments, but Kunstradio is a leading force in contemporary sonic art. It is Austria’s future, its vision, its leadership in art and radio.

Heidi Grundmann was a visionary producer when she founded Kunstradio. She was passionate about radio’s future as an art form. She knew that radio would be at the heart of the telecommunications era of the late 20^th Century and well into the 21^st Century. She understood that radio was not a historic, limited old medium but that it would be the base of the digital multimedia future we now live in. Radio would be sonic in new ways and visual and informationally the richest reflective medium of the human condition. Kunstradio was a beautiful space that was built to last, a ‘channel’ for invention, ideas and sensations. It was not a radio program about art, it was a program where artists made art themselves. Heidi was as critical and demanding as she was open-minded. The curatorial standards governing the invention and joy of Kunstradio have been maintained and reborn again and again through Elisabeth Zimmermann’s ongoing production of Kunstradio.

Slamming shut this beautiful wide-open Kunstradio space will darken the lives of thousands of artists and listeners and will signal to the world that Austrian radio will no longer be the voice of a progressive, optimistic, enlightened forward-looking Austria. Please reconsider the decision to extinguish the flow of international innovative experimentation with the future of radio and art that is Kunstradio. Kunstradio is an important organism within the ecology of the ORF that should not face extinction. Kunstradio is the hope in this world of memory and hope. Memory is important, but hope is what will come to be. Kunstradio looks forward essentiallyfor so many of us.


Tom Sherman

Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art, laureate, 2010,

International Commissioner, 42^nd Venice Biennale, Italy, 1986,

Professor Emeritus, Video Art and Media Art History, Department of Film and Media Art, Syracuse University, New York, USA

P.S. I have been privileged and delighted to work with Heidi Grundmann and Elisabeth Zimmermann on scores of broadcasts on Kunstradio and the ORF from 1983 to the present. Much of this radio work was authored with Viennese composer, musician and media artist Bernhard Loibner through our recording and broadcasting duo, Nerve Theory. In all cases my art gained in status through my association with and international exposure through Kunstradio and the ORF. Kunstradio opened up many other radio venues for me in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, Brazil, Canada and the US. Working in radio through Kunstradio in Austria has elevated my art internationally. I am deeply indebted to Kunstradio and the ORF for my development and accomplishments as an artist.

Tom Sherman, Professor Emeritus
Video and Media Theory
Syracuse University
Department of Film and Media Arts
102 Shaffer Art
Syracuse, New York 13244-1210

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