Various Artists - RT-32 Acoustic Space Lab
Acoustic Space Re-search Lab is long-term co-operation between several international artists’ groups and individuals from the Xchange network: RIXC/E-LAB (Riga/LV), Derek Holzer (Amsterdam/NL/USA), RadioQualia (London/UK/Adelaide/AU), Projekt Atol (Ljubljana/SI) and L’audible (Sydney/AU). The pilot project – Acoustic Space Lab symposium took place from August 4 – 12, 2001 in the forests of western Latvia in Irbene at the site of Soviet-era d=32 meter dish antenna. Formerly used to spy on satellite transmissions between Europe and North-America by the KGB, the antenna was abandoned and nearly destroyed when the Russian Army departed in 1994. The dish was successfully repaired by VIRAC (Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center) radio astronomers. Over the days of the symposium international team of 30 sound artists, net and community radio activists and radio amateurs in co-operation with VIRAC scientists were exploring the possibilities of antenna. The participants made recordings of the sounds and data from planets’ observations, communication satellites and surrounding environment.