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București, România
Authors: arch. Constantin Goagea, arch. Cosmina Goagea / Zeppelin
Collaborators: Paul Popescu, Matei Popescu, Ștefan Păvăluță, Ana Cârlan, Elena Cârlan, Răzvan Petre, Răzvan Gorgan, Radu Manelici, Aurelian Ardeleanu, Ioana Andra Staicu, Mihai Șom, Mircea Barac, Eliza Cernătescu, Anca Florina Georgiu, Anca Dumitrache, Alexandru Barat, Mădălina Bombărescu, Ana Maria Sabău, Radu Malașincu

Authors’ Comment

Magi*k is a techno-archaeology on the radio and TV antennas in Bucharest, and a search dedicated to the relation between the antennas and the buildings they are attached on. Today, the whole range of antennas visible on the roofs of houses and blocks in Bucharest seem to be meaningless, but those objects are talking about the technologic phenomenon which had the most significant impact on the society: the emergence of the media culture. This history starts with the entry moment of the radio broadcasting in Bucharest during '20s, when the radio antennas were a symbol of a great epochal achievement, proudly exhibited on Art Deco and Modern Movement buildings. After the second world war, with TV and Radio being already mass technologies, in the Romania of communist blocks of flats raised DIY, improvised types of antennas, in order to access as many channels as possible as the manifestation of resistance against the political isolation of the country. Immediately after '90s, those objects are replaced again by parabolic antennas and afterwards by the internet cable facilitated media access and currently by optical fibre.

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