CLUB RADIOKOJE continues the history of regular public and cultural events at Kongressbad that have taken place continuously from 1928-1987, when exotic holiday destinations became more and more affordable, and replaced the public pool as regional recreation and meeting facility. In the context of music history, CLUB RADIOKOJE references the genre of Water Musics and liquid experiments by the twentieth century’s avantgarde. We continue to challenge music’s form by liquifying and warping processes, or transformations into other aggregates. Our aim is to develop emancipatory impulses for artists and audiences by relocating pieces usually performed in concert halls and engaging the public with unexpected artistic interventions.

Music history presents quite a few examples that reflect the swimming pool as performance space and water as means of composition. French composer Michel Redolfi, for example, follows possibilities in underwater music concerts and compositions since the 1980s. Plenty musicians—most prominently John Cage’s Water Music (1952) or Yoko Ono‘s We Are All Water (1972/2006)—reference its element and, at times, even aspects that reflect the culture of bathing. Artistic interventions by and in the water continue this tradition. The pool as recreation area and social meeting and mating point is an attractive dance location. Within the next years we want to further explore all these possibilities and develop music programs with artists, swimmers, pool guests and lifeguards jointly.

Impressions from CLUB RADIOKOJE 2019. Photocredit: Joe Albrecht

Our annual event CLUB RADIOKOJE is now open to innovative project proposals from composers and musicians in contemporary musics—and beyond. WE WELCOME site-specific concepts; ideas reflecting the history and cultural aspects of the bath and bathing; experimental approaches aiming to liquify the experience of sound; music compositions from the genre of (under)water musics; speculative and wet dreams dealing with the underwater world as ecological habitat; narratives of immersion and flow.

For application details please visit OPEN CALL

Details on the history of Kongressbad are found here: #radioresistance

This event takes place in cooperation with IGNM – International Society for Contemporary Music and MA44 – Städtische Bäder Wiens.

Supported by the City Council Vienna MA7 Musics as well as the generous support of The Head of District Franz Prokop (Ottakring).