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RICHAIR2030 – Coming to the ECC on June 5th

RICHAIR2030 proposes a fictional scenario for its 2004 UK touring performance:

April 30, FUTURESONIC04, Manchester
May 7-10, MACHINISTA04, Glasgow
June 5-6, CUBECINEMA, Bristol
July 10-16, BOWFESTIVAL 04, London


RICHAIR2030 is a fictional wireless performance set in year 2030.

RICHAIR2030 incorporates ideas of freenetwork movement developed worldwide in early 21st century and proposes shared public consumption of wireless bandwidth in an " "After the Net", "After the Crash" scenario.

It is year 2030. The great wireless hope that promises mobility and connectivity has bubbled. The GPS satellite signals have lost track of its urbanites when cutting through the Ozone layers. The ocean-apart digital divide has eventually sabotaged the Net we surf in. What remains of the feeble bandwidth is held out and safeguarded by the wireless freenetworkers, whose self-organized and decentralized network maintains its data cloud in the local communal mesh-settings.

The mobile generation is grounded. The tribal gathering around freenetwork nodes is the only game in town, bringing together the signal-seeking Desparati. The self-appointed renegade roller girls, acting as the Transmitenti of free bandwidth, travel city limits in auto-powered modules. Equipped with homemade lunchbox chiputers, the roller girls pump the remaining wireless signal strength in RGB codes and sonic extravaganza for everyone’s enjoyment. RICHAIR2030 mobilizes roaming nodes and calls for transnational virtual mesh network.


Soundscape by [sneha solanki & kate rich]

The feeble wireless signal strength and network pingtime relay transmitted from the roaming roller girls carrying lunchboxes are captured live and rendered into sound notes. Derived from these basic incoming bytes, supermodem’s two sound artists collaborate on stage, on rollers, on mixers to beat up the signals that synchronizes with their logical-dynamic local wireless network environment. Not to be left out, the signal searching Desparati are invited to make their last mobile calls, only to hear the feeble incoming and outgoing signals crushed and recycled into the mix. orchestrates a communications signal sonic zoo by further incorporating archive of communications signals – species traditional, extinct, fictional and prescient -radio+ mobile +GPS +modem+wireless filed, flattened and transformed into dance beats. The artefact signals of the receding century preserved and performed as a nostalgia tribute, a golden-oldies archive of beeps, dialtones, pings, bandwidth reports and network sound effects.

RICHAIR2030 is presented by TAKE2030, a Transmitenti media society that operates in Parallel Net media scheme and shifts the social media mission into hypermedia playing fields.

TAKE2030 derives its year 2030 from the legacy of Kazakhstan2030, the year that Kazakhstan strives to take over Asian Tigers famed economic miracle and claims itself a Central-Asian Snow Leopard. TAKE2030 functions as research+development+action media-working units with its cross-everything-everywhere Transmitenti members. TAKE2030s plans its strategic media practice in commons societies, launches RICHAIR2030 as a touring performance in 2004, upcoming projects include MARKETPLACE2030 (alternative market trading models) and LOVEME2030 (rendezvous love hotel incorporated).

RICHAIR2030 was first performed in 2003 at Venice Biennale 2003 (Zone of Urgency, Curated by Hou Han Zou) and presented at E-culture fair (Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam).