Accompanying program

During its presence at HKW, university working groups, artists, scientists, and radio producers will explore the walk-in radio archive. The aspects examined range from radiophonic aesthetics to the theory and practice of radiophonic archives to the political function and relevance of broadcasting. The afternoons from Thursday to Saturday are dedicated to a comprehensive set of topics and questions. These research projects are presented and discussed in talks, performances, film screenings, and live radio broadcasts at 5 pm each day:

Nov 8-10: Radio as Noise
Nov 15-17: Radiophonics and Immersion
Nov 29-Dec 1: Presence at a Distance
Dec 6-8: The Future of Radio

On three Sundays, editors of public broadcasting networks will visit the accessible radio archive for Radio Expertise to talk about the state of radio and the future of radiophonics.

Radio as Noise

Thu-Sat, Nov 8–10

Radio makes itself audible. From the outset, this led to efforts to eliminate defects in the equipment and to process broadcast material in order to minimize the medium's own noises. At the same time, these inherent noises were starting points for aesthetic and conceptual innovations. What significance does noise have in radio art, in music, and in the radiophonic space radiophony? Musicologist Camilla Bork examines composing with noise in relation to the works of composer Walter Gronostay. Nathalie Singer presents the long-lost film recording of a concert by Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of Musique Concrète. In their performance, the artists Andrea Cohen and Diego Losa arrange historical and contemporary works for and about the medium.

Radiophonics and Immersion

Thu-Sat, Nov 15-17eplore the politics of archives

How can acoustics be archived? This is not so much a technical as a conceptual question, since the auditory knowledge eludes conventional classification criteria. The digitization of existing audio archives allows experimental forms of archiving, for example on the basis of algorithmically organized ordering patterns. Current technological developments open up new forms of artistic expression in working with sound. A joint seminar by the Chair of Experimental Radio and Design of Media Environments at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar investigates the use of immersive practices in media art and invites artists and researchers for talks in the walk-in radio archive.
Artist Danica Dakić and the musician Jörg Brinkmann talk about Critical Experience Design, the sound designer Catherine Robinson and the composer Paul Oomen discuss the relationship between sound and space, the artists Christine Hill and Kaya Behkalam explore the politics of archives.

Presence at a Distance

Thu-Sat, Nov 29-Dec 1

Radiophonic space is literally omnipresent. Regardless of whether the radio is switched on or not, the radiowaves are always there. The walk-in radio archive condenses this condition and Cevdet Erek's scenography reflects it on a visual and haptic level. Students of the UdK Sound Studies and Sonic Arts under the direction of the artist Jacob Eriksen and Lukas Grundmann use Radiophonic Spaces to investigate the aesthetic, physical, and electromechanical effects and possibilities of this paradoxical omnipresence of radio, its "presence at a distance", in installative and performative contributions. These contributions also deal with the consequences that digitization has - or could potentially have - on radiophonic space.

The Future of Radio

Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8

The independent art radio station Reboot FM and the experimental community radio station Cashmere not only reflect on the aesthetic possibilities of radiophonic space in their programs, but also examine the question of political and social possibilities of radio-making. At the center of their attention lies radio as a participatory and communicative practice. Diana McCarty, Anna Bromley, and other radio artists from Reboot FM and Cashmere Radio are to talk to radio broadcasters and theorists in live radio transmissions about the history, the present, and possible futures of radios.

Radio Expertise