Radio Materiality, Vessel, Bari, June-July 2013.

Radio Materiality is a public and intangible space, a hub that stimulates communication,  exchange and  dialogue between Puglia and the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to build cultural and social bridges among the countries of this region.

The aim of the project is to create a common socio-political subjectivity based not only on  the common history that these countries are sharing, but also the socio-economic and political transformations happening nowadays in the area.

The imagination of this new socio-political subject intends to trigger a dialogue between Puglia and its Mediterranean neighbours and to create a network between them.

Considered the re-configurations of the Mediterranean geopolitical subject the main long-term objective of Vessel, the radio is a way to initiate this process.  In particular  Radio Materiality  gathers practitioners interested in the diverse processes happening in this area in order to  make this interaction viable.

The radio will be transmitted through different platforms: a series of podcasts on the web and a physical structure built specifically for Bari public spaces by XScape and Momang, a group of architects and designers from the region.

The radio is the tool through which Vessel intends to understand and redefine already existing social and geopolitical dynamics through the lens of art and culture. The Radio is currently stimulating participatory and multidisciplinary actions in order to expand the knowledge related to the Euro-Mediterranean area, to re-interpret its own identity and to reflect on the way the public sphere is perceived and can be empowered.

Thanks to the radio Vessel will give voice to alternative narratives that do not fit into the hegemonic ones: to do so we instigate collaborative and collective artistic practices that involve different points of view and different approaches.

In the first place the radio is the virtual space where many actors (artists, organizations, curators, intellectuals, etc.) will meet to share ideas, projects and perspectives related to the creation of a new solidarity among the countries of the Mediterranean basin.

Simultaneously its physical presence in the city of Bari will facilitate the interaction between international practitioners and local communities.

Projects and contributions by:

Bisan Abu-Eisheh (July 11th), Claire Bosi (June 26th), Beatrice Catanzaro (TBC), Elena Cologni (July 20th – 23rd), Kari Conte (June 29th – July 6th), Leone Contini (June 6th – 9th), Curandi Katz (TBC), Jaume Ferrete (June 24th – 30th), Hakan Topal (June 29th – July 6th).

Podcasts will be online from July on.

Radio Materiality is part of Materiality. Materiality is a two-years European project that is being developed in collaboration between Wyspa in Gdańsk, Vessel in Bari, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar and Kibla in Maribor. It explores the visual, sensual, transformative, political and scientific aspects of materials.

Materiality is supported by Cimetta Fund + Program “Kultura”

Partners: XScapeMoMAngControradio


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This project reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible  for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. With the support of the Programm Kultur of the European Union.