<synthesis> Offshore Tour Bruxelles - Oscillation festival 2022

rybn info at rybn.org
Wed Apr 27 12:35:47 CEST 2022

Offshore Tours Brussels
&& Offshore open lab
in Oscillation festival 2022



Offshore Tour Operators
Fri 29, 2pm/6pm
Sat 30, 11am/3pm
Sun 31, 11am/3pm

The Offshore Tour Operator is a psycho-geographic GPS prototype that 
guides you through the 800,000 addresses of the ICIJ's Offshore Leaks 
database. The walks bring the participants to search for the physical 
traces of offshore banking within the architecture of various 
neighborhoods of the city of Brussels. Thus, the walks transform into a 
real hunt for shell companies, trust firms, domiciliation agencies and 
shadow finance offices and agents. At the end of each walk, a collective 
discussion offers a platform to participants to share their experiences 
and documents, in order to shape collectively an up to date image of 
finance that challenges the very notion of 'offshore'.


Registration required, please email info at q-o2.be


Offshore open Lab Brussels
Wed 27 & Thur 28 april, 10am/6pm

In this two-day open lab, RYBN will plot, trouble-shoot and discuss the 
walks of the coming days with local invitees. Public visits are welcome 
with appointment (by e-mailing to info @ rybn.org ).


-- Oscillation festival

The fourth edition of the Oscillation festival is dedicated to the 
question what it means to address a public, and how, by changing the 
site of a performance, the relationship between audience and performer 
shifts. Inspired by the transitory nature of public space, many artists 
are drawn to formats which resist the demands of the traditional 
performer/audience dynamic. Experimental formats such as soundwalks, 
itinerant performances and virtual events, allow work to move into 
public spaces where it interacts with a changing and unstable 
environment. A public is not necessarily a crowd, and experiments with 
small scale and outside formats are proving resilient, and raising 
meaningful questions about notions such as public and private, 
environment and nature, aspects of introspection and connection.

Public Address System (PA), is an umbrella term for a set of 
technologies that allow a person to address multiple people 
simultaneously, typically via a system of microphones and speakers, such 
as in a venue, train station, or supermarket. In each case, the system’s 
design reflects and defines the mode of address. In the examples above, 
a single speaker addresses many listeners who cannot speak back, 
defining a power relationship. As systems of address are shifting 
online, the model of a single speaker with multiple receivers has 
increasingly fractured, producing new and often contradictory modes of 
publicness. By taking the term public address as a banner for this 
year’s Oscillation festival, we want to ask: what other systems of 
address are possible, and what kinds of public might they speak to? By 
experimenting with the system of address itself can we find other ways 
of being public?

The festival will explore a number of alternative formats for sound in 
public space, interpolated by concerts which try to unpick the question 
of public address from within a more traditional dynamic. These 
experiments are grounded in the research of historian Elena Biserna, 
with whom we are developing a publication due in Autumn 2022. The 
publication will serve as an epilogue to the festival’s four days of 
walks, performances, talks and workshops.

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