Polish Radio Experimental Studio spotlighted in major exhibition

This July,  the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe, Germany, will open Through the Soundproof Curtain . It’s the first major exhibition of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) will interest anyone in electro-acoustic music and, in the UK, those with a healthy obsession with the Radiophonic Workshop. 

The exhibition opens on 13th July and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of PRES and its influence in today’s artistic experimental landscape.

Opened in 1957 PRES quickly became a European centre for original electro-acoustic music. Like the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, PRES shares similarities with the WDR Studio for Electronic Music in Cologne, the Studio d’Essai in Paris and the RAI Studio of Phonology in Milan was setup by the Polish state broadcaster. It’s output contributed to various radio and TV broadcasts too.

An exhibition that documents the imaginations of a new wave of creative artists powered by the emerging technologies of the mid-twentieth century. A tantalising prospect. 

Through the Soundproof Curtain opens on 13 July at ZKM at the Centre for Art and Media, Karlsuhe, Germany. It runs until 6 January 2019.

The picture at the top of this post features is’ Krzysztof Wodiczko: Personal Instrument 1-3 (1969), performance documentation’ © Krzysztof Wodiczko, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.

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