“A democratic society,” said Thomas Jefferson, “depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.” Radio Re-Volt is a radically democratic project that gives individuals direct access to the media that informs us. The RAD conference, organized in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, takes it a step further, bringing together local, national, and international voices to explore the media’s creative and political potential. Preregister by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; walk-ins welcome.
• Friday evening—Keynote: Artist/philosopher Tetsuo Kogawa tells how he introduced micro-radio to Japan in the early 1980s, which gave birth to its mini-FM movement.
• Saturday—Workshops: Learn about radio as an artistic medium, starting an Internet station, media literacy, political activism, and how to build your own transmitter.
• Saturday evening—Radio 4×4 Performance: New York artists Tom Roe, Damien Catera, and Ben Owen collaborate with a local DJ to create music broadcast simultaneously on boomboxes tuned to four different radio frequencies.
• Independent Media Fair: Pick up free copies of Adbusters, the Minneapolis Observer, and Utne—or bring your own information to share.