EuroNoize is a research project led by Art at Reading’s Pil & Galia Kollectiv, in partnership with ARE Prague and Kunsthall Oslo. The research addresses the relationship between art and DiY music scenes in Europe across several platforms.

First, a conference will explore histories connecting DiY music and the visual arts and investigate the challenges inherent in formalising the informal networks upon which this cultural activity is built. Second, this research will lead to a publication in which these themes will be expanded. Third, a live event will be presented as an alternative Eurovision Song Contest, in which musicians will be invited to consider the interplay of local and global identities in representing their country with a specially commissioned song and video. The live event will be streamed online and broadcast at partner venues. Viewers will be able to vote digitally for the winning entry.

Finally, the music produced for this live event will be released as a record and disseminated internationally together with the book and an exhibition. The project’s explicit aim is to think of and implement strategies and modes of cooperation between art institutions, DiY musicians and internally between various bands across the continent to facilitate the continuation of these often short-lived practices. In doing so, the project investigates the way European co-operation transcends borders and raises questions about the meaning (and sound) of cultural identity in an age of transnational mobility.

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