12th to 16th March F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. We Are The Time: Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Posted on March 15, 2012


We Are The Time:
Art Lives in the Age of Global Transition.

Conference-festival week at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie

12th – 16th March 2012

F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. will be running daily 13h30 to 19h30



F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. is a Live Radio/Event space inspired, in part, by the renowned Belfast independent record label, Good Vibrations. The project is a collaboration with the artist-run space Goleb, the UK community radio station Soundart Radio (102.5FM), and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s very own Radio Rietveld.




Art and music have long contributed to society and our way of life. But in these dire financial times where media has been swallowed by giant conglomerates, and culture has fallen under the scrutinizing eye of market capitalism; where is the unifying space that announces its difference to the prescribed status quo?

Throughout the history of popular culture this collective space, occurring both physically and conceptually, has been a hub of creativity, exploring new and old technologies and giving birth to new sounds and new vibrations.

In Belfast, caught between the conflicts of its time, it was a little known record shop and label called Good Vibrations. Achieving its fame for producing the first record ever to be played twice in a row on British airwaves, it was primarily a project that recognized the potential of music to be a unifying force.

A little over a year ago it appeared that the Internet, with its use of social media, could be the free space where this difference could be heard; the apparent spark that lit the fires of the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, which later reverberated to the cities of Cairo, London and New York.

With the recent censorship laws being proposed on the Internet, our question as a group has been: If we could freely express ourselves, what kind of vibrations would we want to send out there? The workgroup responded with a song by The Cure, F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. which after all is an intense love song.

Throughout the week, different radio programs will take place with a variety of guests and a range of live musical acts.

The entire project will be broadcasted as a Live Feed through the Radio Rietveld website, and will also appear on the UK community radio station Soundart Radio (102.5FM)

Follow the week’s events on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/FIREINCAIRO/374246752600653

The entire project will also be streamed live on


The streams will later be accessible through an archive on the website.

Tutors: Taf Hassam / Renée Ridgway

Coordination/Radio Hosting

Taf Hassam (UK), Kaja Wie Van Der Pas (NO), Maria Guggenbichler (DE)

Radio / Newspaper / Design

Andre D Chapatte, Carina Erdmann, Charline Tuma, David Hermans, Gintare Kerbelyte, Julie Hénault, Lilia Luganskaia, Lotte Voets, Mads Wildgaard, Marius Jopen, Melissa Tun Tun, Mickael Marman, Mio Fujimaki, Noga Harel, Øjan Døsen, Pernilla Roos, Raoul Audouin, Sabo Day, Stefan Auberg, YURI AN, Vytautus Volbekas

House Band

Gerard Barry (IRE) + Charlie Stewart-Liberty (IRE)


Natasha Ginwala, Simon Ferdinando, Roel Griffioen, Chicago Boys, Anastasija Pandilovska + Jakob Ehrlich, Jessica Dill, Yutaka Hoshino, Stefan Wharton, Brian D McKenna, Jonathan Mikkelsen, Johann Kauth + Hannah Giese (Hallo Gallo), Laser Poodle, Little Birth + Radio Contributions from: Hiwa K, Hong-Kai Wang, LAL Featuring Leah Piepzna Simarasinha, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Low Profile, Mercedes Azipilicueta, Rana Hamadeh, Serena Lee, The Ska Vengers, and Many More…

Special thanks to

Renée Ridgway, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Alena Alexandrova, Jort van der Laan, Anna Hoetjes, Joris Lindhout, Kristina Mirova, Lost Property http://lostproperty.cx, Mark Kremer, & Seamus Cater

We Are The Time:

Drawing inspiration from The Role of a Lifetime (2003), a work by artist and filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius WE ARE THE TIME will explore the role of lifetime and life experience as a crucial source of ideas and inspirations, as a force that shapes ones’ art practice. Life experience is always generated as the intersection between the personal rhythm of one’s life and the larger societal perspective. How do we position ourselves in time?  What are the decisive moments in our personal lives? What is our relation to the historical moment or context? How do we weave them into our life-narratives? The reflection on historical moments and situations together with one’s personal experience converge into a generative force that searches form in a work of art, an image, a gesture or informs one’s entire practice. The work of art becomes thinking history out loud.

From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street – we are witnessing a desire for transition, but its direction is still open. This momentum belongs to the youngest generation of artists who will contribute to it with their work and shape it with the way they form fleeting communities. Can we imagine our lives and our work after twenty years?

With the advent of digital technologies and new regimes of representation, the rapid changes in our media-environment suggest very different ways of relating to the materiality of images and to their veracity. The network condition we live in, offers unprecedented possibilities to have simultaneous and multiple perspectives on events with social and historical significance. This implies a very different mode of historicizing, of writing down our memories. It is in this vortex of eventfulness we have to find ourselves again.


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