Support for Radio Papesse, art and radio archive an web radio crowdfunding campaign

by: Laura Romero and Edwin Brys

Dear friends
Hope all is fine over there!

I am writing you about something which I really care of, as a member and supporter of it from the very beginning: Radio Papesse, a web radio dedicated to contemporary art and sound art.

Radio Papesse was born as the first web radio of a contemporary art museum (Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena), even before MoMa radio Ps1!
After the closing of the museum in siena it has turned into an independent non profit organization and based itself in Florence.

In 10 years they have produced more than 1000 sound and radio works and more than 250 interviews with contemporary artists (Mikhail Karikis, Etel Adnan, Alfredo Jaar, Omer Fast, Philip Miller, Graham Hudson, James Webb, Ann Hepperman, Davide Tidoni, Chris Watson, Joaquin Cofreces, Anna Raimondo, Alessandro Bosetti, Aurelie Lierman, Nikhil Chopra, Kader Attia, Amy Franceschini, Dora Garcia, Ragnar Kjartansson, Paolo Rosa, Michelangelo Pistoletto, William Furlong, Walter Mignolo and many many many others)

Now they want to make it more accessible and make a new website to celebrate their 10 years of life.
Radio Papesse is a treasure of sound and radio works for all the community of artists, critics, scholars, art historians and radio lovers and nerds, so we need their support to keep on going online.

I am helping them to launch a Kickstarter campaign to support the renovation of the website and  to produce new works.
We want to have a brand new website, easy to surf from mobile and with a more accessible archive.
We need the support of all the international community of radio art lovers to be able to succeed and reach the goal of 6000 euros!

For this reason I am asking your support to help us share the news and call for the participation of the community.

Your support would be great!
Just an email to your friends or a post on your Facebook or, if you want, a small donation 😉
There are also some rewards that could be interesting for you (like a weekend residency in Florence with Radio Papesse crew or a Sound Walk in Florence or a mixtape with the most famous interviews, or a dinner with an artist in Florence).

Campaign link:

Facebook page:

Hope you find this campaign interesting and can help in some way!

All the best


Radio Papesse | Art and Radio on Demand | press release

Radio Papesse turns 10 and wants its audio archive to be more accessible and to keep fostering radio as a space for art production. <>  is an online audio archive devoted to contemporary art;; it is a site devoted to the articulation of the critical discourse around the visual arts. It produces and shares documentaries, interviews and we tell exhibitions and museum collections. At Radio papesse we have embraced radio not only as a medium but also as a language to communicate art making and art practices today.

radiopapesse is a platform devoted to the promotion of experimental sound and radiophonic productions. <>  is a production house supporting artists’ projects.

In the last ten years, since Radio Papesse was born within the Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Center in Siena, it has invited artists, musicians, producers and Djs to confront themselves with the rules of the radiophonic storytelling.

Among the most recent undertaken projects and collaboration: Children of Unquiet by Mikhail Karikis, 2012-2014;; Süden Radio together with Villa Romana, Saout Radio e Reboot FM;; Nuovi Paesaggi co-produced by Villa Romana, curated by Lucia Farinati and with artists Viv Corringham, Mikhail Karikis, Laura Malacart, Davide Tidoni e Allen S. Weiss, 2012;; La Radio a Pedali, 2011.

Among the institutions Radio Papesse has worked with: MAXXI, Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione Merz, Liverpool Biennale, Manifesta Foundation, Furla Foundation, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, American Academy in Rome, Villa Romana in Florence, Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Artissima Fair.

Among the artists’ soundworks and voices available on Radio Papesse archive: Etel Adnan, Alfredo Jaar, Simon Starling, Omer Fast, Guillermo Faivovich & Nicholas Goldberg, Sarah Morris, Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş, Philip Miller, Graham Hudson, James Webb, Ann Hepperman, Pamela Z, Davide Tidoni, Chris Watson, Giulio Aldinucci, Alessio Ballerini, Joaquin Cofreces, Anna Raimondo, Alessandro Bosetti, Aurelie Lierman, Nikhil Chopra, Kader Attia, Amy Franceschini, Vittorio Corsini, Dora Garcia, Ragnar Kjartansson, Paolo Rosa, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nico Vascellari, William Furlong, Walter Mignolo and many many many others….

Radio Papesse is a Non Profit Cultural Association.
It is curated by Ilaria Gadenz and Carola Haupt.
Villa Romana in Florence is its home since 2011.
It adopts the Creative Commons Licence and it is member of the RADIA network.


In 2016 Radio Papesse turns 10. When we started The Facebook was up to become only Facebook and still…was more or less a matter of Ivy League. When we started, within a public contemporary art centre, the idea of a non profit webradio was out off every record and Myspace was super hype! Podcasts were just born and we were very very young.

Since then a technological blast has happened and also the contemporary art scene has changed a lot…it’s enough to mention that many artists has slowly discovered the medium of sound…

We have surfed many phenomena, gone through disadventures and great challanges but we made it, because we love to bring art onto radio and to foster radio as a space for the artistic production and for the critical discourses. Time has come to reignite Radio Papesse and to bring it into the future!

Tiziano Bonini
||| lecturer in media studies |||
Arts and Media Department
IULM University of Milano
via Carlo Bo 4
20143 Milano, Italy

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