The Ars Acustica Group is a forum for discussion, promotion and production devoted to radio art and sound art within the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The Group serves as a node for the exchange of radio art productions, project proposals and the exchange of information about activities and events in media art in different countries. It stimulates and encourages discussion of current trends in theory and practice of radio art and connected fields, and the realization of co-productions between broadcasting corporations. It is strongly convinced of the necessity of an art form reflecting the development of radio and broadcasting in our society.
The annual Art's Birthday Evening celebration by the Ars Acustica community took place on Friday, 17 January 2020. The offer is available in MUS under AA/2019/06/01/01-02.
The 2020 Ars Acustica meeting and Palma Ars Acustica Jury session were held online on 29 May 2020.
Sao Sopheak’s work Phnom Pen FM: Re / Disc / Over, entered by Austrian Radio (ORF), and Veronika Svobodová’s work Ror-bu, submitted by Czech Radio (CR), received the same number of votes at the Jury session after the Ars Acustica Plenary Meeting and were awarded the 2020 Prix Palma Ars Acustica ex aequo.
Sao Sopheak remarked:
I am very happy to be the recipient of this year's Palma Ars Acustica. As an artist and media producer, I am proud of my achievement. As a Cambodian woman, I hope that my work will make more foreigners aware of my home country and its struggle for peace and democracy throughout the last 40 years.
I want us to remember those of my sisters who did not make it as far as I did. We - a new generation of mothers and daughters - will not stop advocating for gender equality and women's rights to eliminate domestic violence, sexual harassment and other social illnesses.
I thank Austrian and European listeners and well as the award committee for amplifying my voice to make it heard around the world.
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Congratulations to Sao Sopheak and Veronika Svobodová from the EBU Radio Team in Geneva!
Anne Gillot, RTS (Switzerland)
Frank Halbig, SWR (Germany)
Markus Gammel, DKU (Germany)
Sibylle Foerster, EBU