Kuopio Market Square
Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people they meet. They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity. This ever-evolving archive will be broadcasting 24/7 from beacons placed, by the artists, at literal edges of the continent, but also the invisible boundaries, margins, cultural junctures and geological edgelands of Europe.
An epic song cycle broadcasting loud and clear from the thresholds of Europe, a dispatch from elsewhere, Oh Europa’s love songs cut straight to the heart. Detached from political posturing, hollow rhetoric and empty sound bites, they transmit a heartfelt message: an opportunity to hear ourselves emerge out of the white noise.
Oh Europa seeks to reveal a different set of connections, flows and circuits; a re-orientation exercise that might interrupt, re-render and re-imagine the ways we think about Europe and how we continue to share this space.
Action Hero pull into Kuopio towards the end of their adventure, bringing with them a performance created en route, a travelogue not to be missed!
Oh Europa App
The project has its own app which is available on both Android and IoS. It can be found by searching for “Oh Europa” on the App Store or on Google Play. The app functions as a compass to direct audience members towards the nearest beacon to them, and as a radio so they can tune in and listen to the songs as they are being broadcast.