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The garden has always been a mirror of social conditions and power structures. And as diversified a society might be as varied are its gardens. On this day, Hortus Politicus, we’ll examine the existing multiplicities, get to the bottom of them, shed some light, question them and allow them to be heard.

Gardens can be radical or tame, wild, art for art’s sake, activist, or politically correct. In any case, they mirror the human’s relationship to nature, a relationship whose boundaries now need to be renegotiated: not just with regards to urban landscape politics or the economics of industrial agriculture, but also in terms of our language, voices, bodies, whether already in practice or as a vision.

Editor: Shanti Suki Osman

Datscha Radio’s „Hortus Politicus“ opens the festival programme with a round of singing at 12 Uhr by the Hidden Stories singers!

Information about all of the shows including times can be found in our program plan. Here’s a brief overview:

12:30pm: Discussion at Midday about the future of allotments: Berlin is changing rapidly, and so are its garden allotments! Will they be turned into building land, or will they end up as real estate? Will they survive?

With: Jürgen Helms – Chairperson, Einigkeit e.V., Stefan Gelbhaar – MdA, (asked), Dr. Achim Friedrich, Lenné-Akademie for Gartenkunst, Günter Landgraf, President of the Allotment Garden Foundation, Berlin (Landesverbandes Berlin der Gartenfreunde e. V.) and other guests.

The Carte Verte provides time & space for any garden friends of the ‘Einigkeit’ gardens who are interested in radio making. Furthermore ArchieArchive and Marold Langer-Philippsen pay us a visit, freshly arrived from Bratislava.

4pm: The sound poet Dirk Hülstrunk from Frankfurt will be with us: Black and white Gardens. Between white noise, black block and grey wordweeds in the cracks.

5pm: Schlossgärten. Helen Thein in conversation with curator Katrin Schröder about the difference between baroque and landscape gardens.

6pm – 6:30pm: Kate Donovan and Ryan McFadyen introduce their Project Greenhouse Emissions.

6:30pm – 8pm: Hidden Garden Stories with Shanti Suki Osman. This special garden edition includes interviews with community garden empowerment projects.

8pm: Pop and Parsnips. Musical radio stories. The Fred Frohberg foundation is not only home to Berlin’s old radio museum, but is also a trove of East German Music. The son of the old time Schlager star – Frank Frohberg, tells us more.

9 pm: Composer’s Garden: An interview with the artist Künstlerin Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro about her sound piece “We built the Kilimanscharo”, the language of plants, colonial histories and a plant that eats sheep.

10pm: Through The Grapevine. Feminist Electro Pop Duo Late Nights In Squat Bars (Shanti Suki and Dafne Della Dafne) provide a DJ set, selecting their favourite tunes from the feminist electro and global pop scenes world wide.

11pm: Guest Stream from Graz, Austria. With: art and radio activists (Reni Hofmüller, Marlies Pratter, Christine Braunersreuther, Eva Ursprung, Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka) from Graz telling us about their favourite green spots and the planned Mur power plant.

12am: Surprise de Minuit….and then: The Nightloops with international compositions linked to political gardens, nature and environments.


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The only radio art festival with garden atmo: indeed.

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And so it is said, on the morning of the Seventh Day the Garden of Eden was planted. Whether it really existed or not, we will never know. We still dream of paradise gardens. And in our own gardens we seek and find little pieces of happiness. But for how much longer?
At the close of the Anthropocene, characterized by climate change and the sixth wave of the extinction of species, this biotop of ours will not be spared. Indeed it is likely to become completely lost. Could the much acclaimed advancement, this ‘progress through technology’ as coined by Audi, provide us with a remedy? Or will green life still exist in special zones, where humans are denied entry? What will the gardens of the future look like? We invite you to an acoustic day trip to Biotope Future II.

Verena Kuni (Curator/Editor)
Special for Morning Chorus: Miyuki Jokiranta
Concerts and Performances: Marta Zapparoli, Plants and  Empire.
Artist of the Day: Marold Langer-Phillipsen with “Archie Archive In The Garden”


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The Datscha garden never looked as good as this before: The lawn edges aligned to central perspective (baroque!), the wintergarden orderly, the plots free from weeds with crumbly earth, the gutters functional again…  and the rose rejoices and looks up at the clear evening sky.


  1. Subbotnik (from Russian: [sʊˈbotə] for Saturday) were days of volunteer unpaid work on weekends following the October Revolution.
  2. My indestructable thanks go to Gero, Helen, Mathias, Tiger und Tina!!!!!! You are so great!
    Your Datscha garden lady.




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Foto: Helen Thein

0-1 am

In the hour after midnight we’ll let ourselves be surprised… We’ll listen to the songs of the nightingale, to the whispering roots, to the wind in the trees and flower talk. We’ll converse, ponder on past and future dreams, have surprise guests and maybe even improvised concerts.

Editors: Datscha team

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View from Julia Drouhin’s terrace in Sandfly, TAS 

The Datscha performance and concert garden is a wild yet poetic combination of musicians, performing artists, apiculturists and philosophically minded DJs and writers.

According to our theme days, we’ll share accoustic wonders and adventures with you, from black&white gardens and hidden elements to private bee stories, wired pots and pans, arctic soul searching, musical nightshades and mud boogies, German strange pop, watering can trumpeting… and more

The main time slot for all of this is between 4 pm and 11pm, varying times, please check our daily broadcasting schedule – available on this site from the 25th on.

You are welcome to visit: If so, please follow the directions given under “Directions”. The entry is free, donations for creature comforts would be welcome, and sending an email before would be greatly appreciated as the Datscha and its surroundings are not equipped for a large influx.


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Nachtschleifen ©Gabi Schaffner1 – 9 am daily
Datcha radio’s night loops are created from the submissions by our Open Call artists. We broadcast experimental and documentary works related to the theme of the preceding day for night owls, daydreamers, and early-risers. The contributions are international, of varying lengths and are aired as a two-hour loop.

To the overview:

Saturday 26th August 2017
Hortus Politicus: The focus is on sound recordings and compositions that explore and document the acoustic territory between humans and nature. 1-9 am

 Sunday 27th August 2017
“New symbioses”: snails are eating and it quietly crackles in the salad, on a beach walk along the coast of France… or is it Tasmania? The symbiotic night loop divides its attention between language, noise and the culinary. 1-9 am

 Monday 28th August 2017
“Biotopes in Future Perfect”: How can the translation of plant structures into sound be heard? What does a Sicilian tourist guide have say to the plants of their homeland? And how does it sound when a cricket called Cyclochila australasiae tires of singing? 1-9 am

Tuesday 29th August 2017
“Birds & Bees” The focus is on sound recordings and compositions that explore and document the acoustic territory between humans, nature and gardens worldwide. 1-9 am

The beginning and end of the loop are indicated by a bilingual announcement, interwoven with owl calls.



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foto: Gabi Schaffner

10-11 am
Datscha Radio’s “World Gardening” is dedicated to gardening strategies and observations from all over the world. Assembled according to the daily theme, short or long features and interview snippets, acousmatic interventions, texts and also excerpts from productions by other radio stations will be gathered here. From Zambezi to Iceland, from Germany to Australia, from England to Tasmania…

Saturday 26th August 2017
We enter a radio studio in Zambezi to talk about gardening and radio-making: a special from Radio Continental Drift / Claudia Wegener. Supplemented with Pomeranian cucumber recipes and Icelandic tomatoes.

Sunday 27th August 2017
Biotopes of the future – are they to be found in this world? Radio art from Brazil, an interview on Iceland’s horticulture, futuristic birds from Hong Kong, and two other surprises are on the programme.

Monday 28th August 2017
Urban gardens and garden-like environments, flower markets and birdsong: ethnographic sound bites from Sardinia, Tasmanian topiary art, defensive tactics of the fieldfare bird, and a literal description of London’s East End for gardeners in sound and language (en/de) congregate here.

Tuesday 29th August 2017
The “Subterranean Meditations” are devoted to the “material” and poetics of earth – in the widest sense: volcanic and glacial, stones, water, air, bacteria, caves and dwarfs.

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10-11 am Datscha Radio’s “World Gardening” is dedicated to gardening strategies and observations from all over the world. Assembled according to the daily theme, short…
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9-10 am The Morning Field invites listeners on a first foray through the theme of the day, consisting mainly of longer pieces from the Open…
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