Sunday, September 28, 2008
Another great find from WFMU...
Recently WFMU posted about Radio Apartment 22, an internet radio station out of Rabat, Morocco:
Established last year and run entirely by three dedicated staffers, the station serves largely as an outlet for international artists, documenting various art events through streaming audio and showcasing selected musical works. Recently, the station provided excellent coverage of South Korea's Gwangju Biennale, including interviews with curators and artists as well as recordings of musical performances. Unique not just in comparison with blander internet radio stations, Radio Apartment 22 also serves an important local function; it is the only fine art oriented media organization in Morocco. The project began in 2002 when Abdellah Karroum founded Apartment 22, one of the first fine art spaces in the area. Initially he found little support from local artists or the government. "There's not really a forum right now in Morocco for speaking about arts and culture in an in depth way, " said Emma Chubb, R22's Programming Coordinator. "They've been building an art museum for years and years but it seems like it will never be finished" Despite this, R22 proudly bears the mark of its locale - the station broadcasts in English, French, Arabic and Berber, among other languages.
Currently streaming on Radio Apartment 22 are interviews with Patrick D. Flores, Hyunjin Kim, and Okwui Enwezor in regards to the Gwangju Biennale, and some pretty great music by Joachim - all definitely worth checking out.