Photo: Sašo Sedlaček, Miha Fras
Infocalypse Now!, 2007
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007
Co-production: Kapelica Gallery – K6/4 Institute
Infocalypse Now! is an initiative for the creation of an autonomous media zone in the 700 MHz spectrum, within which analogue television stations broadcast at present. With the introduction of the digital signal by 2012, the majority of the spectrum, just like the present-day analogue technology, will become a junkyard, which will be appropriated by the capital.
Since the majority of the frequency space will become unutilised and since analogue technology necessary for transmission and reception is extremely accessible and cheap, it is downright appropriate that a part of the frequencies is occupied by the civil sphere, to which the public goods, such as water, health services, frequency spectrum etc., are intended after all.
A greater accessibility of the 700 MHz spectrum – a very useful low-frequency band – would, besides offering non-commercial television contents and independent production, stimulate the development of innovations in the field of wireless Internet, improve the local communication network, contribute to the development of small enterprise and, last but not least, prevent households, individuals and groups with low incomes from lagging behind development while technology advances.
Requiem for a Dying Medium
The video is part of the author’s Initiative for the establishment of an autonomous media zone Infocalypse now! Requiem for a dying medium in some way honor the disappearance of the analog signal from the mass use. The room, which was for many years the field of various struggles, is now empty and unused. Laying flag next to the large antenna on the transmitter Nanos means occupying the abandoned space, the virtual occupation, Pyrrhic victory, from which, however, can happen something useful.
On November 20, 2007, a guerrilla studio began operating at the Kapelica Gallery. In the first broadcast, Sandra Bašič Hrvatin talked about those aspects of the digitalisation of television channels that national Offices prefer not to talk about. We also presented a home-made mobile television transmitter and the instructions for assembling it. At the opening of the exhibition, the video entitled Requiem for a Dying Medium was screened for the first time.
Sandra Bašič Hrvatin
Saso Sedlacek efforts were, in the context of the initiative Infocalypse now!, to release part of TV FM waves for non-commercial, cultural or artistic purposes. The initiative was introduced in 2008 in the Project Room SCCA (under the No Nails, No Pedestals), in the Kapelica Gallery has established a guerrilla studio, which broadcasts prepared by the guests. Among them was the Task Force DIVA, which in SCCA-Ljubljana keeps a physical and online video archive DIVA Station. The group presented the process of archiving video art, video archive and scope of the role and importance of video and other arts, saved on unstable supports, within the field of cultural heritage.