CLUB RADIOKOJE continues the history of regular public and cultural events at Kongressbad that have taken place continuously from 1928 until 1987, when international holiday destinations became more and more affordable and replaced the public pool as a regional recreation and meeting facility. In the context of music history, CLUB RADIOKOJE references the genre of Water Music and the liquid experiments carried out by the twentieth century’s avant-garde. We continue to challenge and transform music’s form by processes that liquify and warp it. We aim to emancipate the artistic impulses of artists and audiences, by relocating pieces that are 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 a performance space, and water as a means for composition. French composer Michel Redolfi, for example, has explored possibilities in underwater music concerts and compositions since the 1980s. Plenty of musicians—most prominently John Cage’s Water Music (1952) or Yoko Ono‘s We Are All Water (1972/2006)—reference this element and, at times, also aspects that reflect the culture of bathing. Artistic interventions by and in the water carry on this tradition. The pool as a recreation area and social meeting and mating point is also an attractive dance location. Over the next years, we will explore these possibilities further and develop music programs in collaboration with artists, swimmers, pool guests and lifeguards.

Our annual event CLUB RADIOKOJE was open to innovative project proposals from composers and musicians in contemporary music—and beyond. WE HAVE RECEIVED 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 music; speculative and wet dreams dealing with the underwater world as an ecological habitat; narratives of immersion and flow.

Limited access to public pools in our post-pandemic age and the suspension of larger events in 2020 has created the opportunity to expand our curatorial framework into the digital realm.
CLUB RADIOKOJE 2020 launches online on June 27th 2020.

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

This event is realized in cooperation with IGNM – International Association for New Music Vienna and MA44 – Städtische Bäder Wiens.

Supported by the City Council of Vienna MA7 Kultur, SKE Austromechana, BKA Chancler’s Office and the Head of District Franz Prokop (Ottakring).