All.fm in Tallinn: Liberating Space through Art and Action, 2011Radio Intervention, Commission for the gateways exhibition
With All.fm in Tallinn, Polish artist Katarzyna Krakowiak is staging a performance or radio intervention in the city center of Tallinn, transmitting her program to all analog radio programs in the vicinity. The artist, equipped with camouflaged transmitting devices—suitcases on wheels—will be walking around the urban space of Tallinn as a human antenna, broadcasting in close‐range to an accidental audience. It is probable that not everyone will realize what is going on when their radios start behaving strangely. This is when Krakowiak and her collaborators begin broadcasting.
All.fm in Tallinn is part of a series of radio interventions that Krakowiak has carried out to date. In her broadcasts she addresses critical issues about a city’s social and urban spaces. In Tallinn, Krakowiak is staging for the first time a larger performance/intervention with volunteers, who will each be equipped with a typical carrying case on wheels, hiding the equipment needed to transmit to their direct surroundings. Krakowiak will be broadcasting near one of the busiest intersections in Tallinn, packed with traffic and pedestrians, and surrounded by shopping centers. By infiltrating those commercial zones with unexpected critical broadcasts, Krakowiak is trying to regain the potential of urban spaces as a forum for discourse and exchange.
All.fm in Tallinn | © Katarzyna Krakowiak
Katarzyna Krakowiak, Performance in Tallinn, May 2011 | photo: Verena Hütter