A.I.R. (Altitude Immersive Radio) is a radio walk, a poetry book launch, a street performance, a community artwork, a cloud of transmission, a wearable antenna, a relay of live broadcasts, a lost lover picnic in public space.
Based on posters seen in the streets of Bloemfontein, a Lost Lover book was written in collaboration with South African and Tasmanian writers between 2016 and 2018 as a score for the performance. Wordsmith and local field recordings will be received by moving bodies and radio balloons, embodying both the poetry and the airwaves.
A.I.R.(Altitude Immersive Radio) is the 2018 Signature project of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an Arts initiative by the University of the Free State and the Vrystaat Art Festival, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Public Art Project (PAP), SITUATE Art in Festivals, Adelaide Tambo Public Library, Australia Council for the Arts, broadcast by MED FM, CUT FM, Mosupatsela FM, Motheo FM.
Artist: Julia Drouhin | Poet and co-publisher: Thuthukani Ndlovu | Costume designer: Pontsho Disela | Producer: Kezia Gerber | Curator: Miné Kleynhans & Angela De Jesus | PAP producer: Adriaan Meyer | SITUATE producer: Emma Porteus | Technical producer: Phillipa Stafford | Authors : Nkhabu Armok, Felicia Atkinson, Lindiwe Bakaqa, Richie Cyngler, Selena De Carvalho, Rachel Edwards, Kay Da Word (Kananelo Khosi), Mbongeni Khumalo (Dominuis Litis), Arjan Kok, Raymond Letsitsa, Maanvrou – Lunar Lady (Elzette Boucher), Busisiwe Mahlangu, Hlengiwe Mbanjwa, Eyethu Mfazwe, Mohato (Moleboheng Morakabi), Reabetswebotle Mokone (IAMLimit), Tshepo Molefe, Ayanda Msweli, Thuthukani Ndlovu, Osiiiris (Thabo Happiness Masiza), Edith Perrenot, Toiwa Petronella (Nellah Nonkondlo Mtanenhlabathi), Bernadette Richards, Jubilee Rivombo, Nthabeleng Sekee, Louine Slater, Soil —, Supermaket Flowers (Lindokuhle Maphatwana), Bontle Tau, Th’Amare (Eric Ragoabe), Lerato Tsotetsi, Tumi “Wordshifter” (Itumeleng Makgoale), Vutivi (Baloyi Sharon), Xtreme Sanity (Mercy Dhliwayo) | Jewelers : Adelaide Mogweng, Anne-Marie Mashiara, Feigh Feigh | Performers : Nduk’nhleh, Ditaba Kotsi, Adelaide Mogweng, Anne-Marie Mashiara, Feigh Feigh, Osiiiris, Raymond Letsitsa, Kayn, Teddy, Lebo, Dewald Bux, Pontsho Disela
Lost Lover Book was curated with publisher Thuthukani Ndlovu, on the following theme: "Lost Lover", inspired by advertisement keywords that are very present in the streets of Bloemfontein; accompanied by other words such as “ Financial Problems”, “Man Power”, "Penis Enlargement", 'Abortion, Safe, Pain Free, Same time", "Magic Ring", "Hips and Bums", “Pregnancy Problems”.