THE HISTORY OF RADIOKOJE
Kongressbad, a bath for swimming, sunlight and air is certainly familiar with change, has it not endured almost one hundred years of unsteady European history since its completition in 1928. Whereas the “roaring twenties” focused on the needs for recreation from workers in the surrounding districts Ottakring and Hernals—back then, a productive industrial and business location—, the 1930s established the public pool as meeting point for music-lovers. Kongressbad was an essential facility to access musics, as it played the newest records in Jazz, Swing and Rock’n’Roll in its own radio station “Radiokoje”. Especially during the NS regime, when enjoying this kind of music in public was strictly forbidden, the broadcasting and dance events expressed a form of resistance. After 1945 “Radiokoje” was therefore continued by the allies.
The emancipatory function of the pool as public and cultural location became less and less important during the 1960s, when newly gained wealth and affordable motorization in post-war Vienna enabled its residents to spend their free time away from home. Collective experiences in music, sports and cinema is still decreasing with the spreading of new technologies and home entertainment. Already by 1950, the popular radio broadcasts had started slowly fading out and finally ceased in the 1980s when renovations demolished the former radio cabin—a small building next to the old diving platform. Hardly any architectural remains tell the story of the radio’s existence. Yet, when asked, several older swimmers remember dancing barefoot by the pool and will include the wildest love stories you’ve ever heard!
CZIRP CZIRP @ IGNM
czirp czirp collaborates since 2019 with the International Society for Contemporary Music (IGNM) which has already allowed a range of exciting performances to take place in the public pool. We are now looking forward to theeditions in 2020 and 2021, as we set forth the update of the pool’s cultural program with concerts, sound performances and dancing events. This makes the divers chirping, humming and sounding of Vienna’s contemporary music scene and its experiments with electronic musics accessible to a broad audience.