|Nida Radio Wave Bridge|
by Jodi Rose
May 4th 2011
Opening Ceremony, Inter-Format Symposium.
Radio signals* collected from the seaside at Nida on Easter Saturday, 23rd April between 8-8:30am. Signals recorded and composition played back at the seaside location of Welcome to Bridgeland! The radio becomes a bridge across the Baltic and out to the rest of the world.
Signals range from the cultural identity of a Chinese woman surfer; Radio France International round-up of world news from 'rebel forces' and drones in Libya to the suspension of the Schengen agreement; DJ Spooky discussing pattern recognition, music and technologies of the African Global Village; and Australian singer Oriante talking about courage and over-coming self-doubt... mixed with Musique du Pont Volant composition and featuring the voice of La Pasionaria.
The event included a ceremonial flag-raising and champagne corks popping to open the Curonian Spit as part of Bridgeland, impromptu dancing to the 'light my fire' radio program made by Justin Tyler Tate for broadcast on Neringa.FM during the night, a specially created Error Collective mobile sauna with steam-punk stove installed on the beach and walking across hot coals conducted by Ernest Truely.
8pm Welcome to Bridgeland!
Bridgeland is on every bridge around the world.
Bridgeland is infinite possibility. Bridgeland is anything you can imagine.
Concept Development Site Visit with Justin Tyler Tate and Ernest Truely
*One of the ideas that inspired Singing Bridges was this work by Edgard Varese, who imagined his unrealised symphony Espace in 1929-1941 being performed simultaneously in and from all the capitals of the world:
"Voices in the sky, as though magic, invisible hands turning on and off the knobs of fantastic radios, filling all space, criss-crossing, overlapping, penetrating each other, splitting up, superimposing, colliding, crashing."
Sound of the radio wave bridge sent back across the sea here:
Opening Night continues with Error Collective's magnificent mobile steam-punk beach sauna and fire
Collecting firewood: Photo by Miga
Ernest Truely conducted an initiation onto the site through walking on hot coals..
Bridgeland & Beach Sauna photos by Vytautas Michelkevicius
Walking on hot coals photo by Eglė Benkauskaite
Huge thanks to Justin & Ernest for all the fire, the steam and the support!
Thanks to Linas for everything; Vytautas, Miga, Linna, Tüla for support; and all the Artists in Residence - especially Marta, Johanna, Tamara, Hanna, Natalia, Marjolein and Irmelin for opening the champagne!
Error Collective Mobile Sauna Test with Steam Punk Stove
The silhouette of Dolores Ibarruri** originates from a statue of her next to the bridge in Glasgow. La Pasionaria has become the icon of Bridgeland (variously intepreted as rabbit, devil, moose, and an ancient Finnish symbol) transferred to Nida in a symbolic openingof the Curonian Spit as Bridgeland.
**Dolores Ibarruri Gomez (9 December 1895 - 12 November 1989), known more famously as "La Pasionaria" (passion flower) was a Spanish Republican leader of the Spanish Civil War and communist politician of Basque origin, perhaps best known for her defense of the Second Spanish Republic with the famous slogan "No Pasaran!" (They Shall Not Pass), during the Battle of Madrid.