12 May Who Is Afraid of a Sardine Can?

The Department of Eagles is happy to announce the residency of artistic researchers Giulia Morucchio and Irene Rossini on the different home-made devices he alter radio and television receptivity during the communist period.

To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits.The history of human progress amounts to a series of Promethean acts. But autonomy is also attained in the daily workings of individual lives by means of many small Promethean disobediences, at once clever, well thought out, and patiently pursued, so subtle at time as to avoid punishment entirely.”

– Gaston Bachelard, Prometheus

The kanoçe is a little transistor built out of a can. It was used in Albania during the communist period, in order to modify the reception of televisions and radios in order to receive signals from outside the Albanian territory, especially the Italian RAI. Our fascination for this object is where this project starts.

During the residency our aim is to collect information about the kanoçe and similar devices created to escape state control over television and radio signals during the communist period, in an attempt to create a minor history of objects embodying, often unawares, many small Promethean disobediences.

The residency, which will include research, workshops, and an exhibition, will take place during June and July 2015 and it possible thanks to GAi‘s Movin’ Up program 2015 and The Department of Eagles.

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