[iDC] introductions (Paulo Tavares)
paulorct at riseup.net
Sun Jul 9 22:44:47 EDT 2006
Just a few minutes to introduce myself. My name is Paulo Tavares,
I am Brazilian architect interested to be part of this list,
mainly because now I started my research for a MA project on urban spaces,
wireless technologies and locative medias. Even knowing I do not have the
deep experience as I can see in the discussions of my colleagues here,
I follow with enthusiasm and recognize some of my most important theoretical
references in these discussions.
My interest in media and new technologies started in 1999 with my practical activities
as a radio-activist in Radio-Mute – muda.radiolivre.org - a free-radio collective localized
in Campinas (one million people city - 90 km from SP). Despite of our location,
inside the university campus – which can assure us a kind of “institutional protection”
(police is not well seen inside the campus - that is an old “law” described as
“the autonomy of the university” that dates back from military-dictatorship regime),
which makes a huge difference from the free radios located inside “favelas” for instance
(“location” is very, very important!), we do not have a government authorization to broadcast
and we do find some sometimes problems with federal police.
I´ve been doing free-radio for a while and getting involved with project of critical media activism
and education, and free-speech rights since then. One of the good ones was – AUTOLABS – media
laboratories located at the periphery of São Paulo City, that focus on the autonomy
(infrastructural and subjective) of production of media...Another recent project I can tell you
about was Submidialogia, a network media activism conference organized by the core of Brazilian
media-activism groups. (sorry, lost english information)
I also take part of a multidisciplinary media collective research called Submidia.
Our activities are mostly about low-potency radio and television transmission at public
spaces and the fomentation of new free-radios using our “nomadic-transmitter”
(a self made radio transmitter that can change the frequency, so it can adapt itself to different
situations of the spectrum).
A report by David Garcia about Brazilian media activism and some of these projects I described above
can be found at
I sure have some divergences with his ideas but I think it is a good overview.
(Although the situation described in this report date from 2004, we can fore see how the situation
developed to now: there is a kind of “instrumentation” of media-activism movements by the
government going on. I do not know if its totally bad, but I can say that the biggest majority
of the “work force” of our DIY projects are now working for the government.)
I also take part free-radios network in Brazil called “free-radio rhizome” (www.radiolivre.org) <http://www.radiolivre.org/>,
that can be described as a collective that wishes the construction of an infrastructure to allow
radios-streaming and to support academical and cultural projects, establishing collaborative
tools on the net.
By now, a new collective is getting shape - we are trying to create the first free tv in our country
(www.tvlivre.org). Finally, after a long time of dreams, we do have a better transmitter,
but we still don´t have permission to speak (and I can assure you - that is never going to happen ).
For me, that´s points out a mojor issue about locative medias:
“Who can send what”, (as Adrian Mackenzie asked about wireless...)
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