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DR 2020 Activities

Perseides and Firefly Activities

Nachtgartenkosmos ©Gabi Schaffner

Datscha Radio’s sound collage “Nachtgartenkosmos”, produced in October 2020 for Cashmere Radio, Berlin, has traveled on to Barcalona!

On December 15, the experimental radio station tesla.fm – led by artist Shak Benavides – will broadcast “Nachtgartenkosmos” twice:

Dec 15, 12-1 pm and 4-5 pm (CET)
It’s unusual enough to broadcast from a garden and create a studio situation exposed to the immediate environment (weather, temperatures, noises). With “NightGardening,” Datscha Radio took its experimental approach one step further. How can we approach the audible spheres and ecologies of the night, what stories can be told, what scents could be transformed into frequencies?
Gabi Schaffner’s radiophonic sound collage presents a mix of excerpts from “Plots & Prophecies” (2017) and “Nightgardening” (2019), followed by palimpsests and passages from Datscha Radio’s 2020 festival “Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls.” The latter took place from August 11 to 13 and was dedicated to the Perseids meteor showers.

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Radiophrenia’s radio sun is shining… night and day. From today, November 9 to November 22, 2020. Datscha Radio is happy to announce that selected works by Kate Donovan and Gabi Schaffner are being broadcast as part of the festival program. We are also happy to point out that many of Datscha Radios open call and performing artists are also featured, among them Chelidon Frame, Claudia Wegener, Joan Schumann, Leonie Roessler, Mobile Radio…

A quick overview (no claim to completeness)

  • Shorts 17Q Kate Donovan – Raum III
    11. November 2020 @ 10:30-11:00
  • Shorts 10 Kate Donovan – Seed Dispersal
    18 November 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Gabi Schaffner – Fazzoletto per un eternità
    18. November 2020 @ 4:00-5:00
  • Gabi Schaffner – Time is a Sliding Door
    (Radiophrenia commission)
    19 November 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
    20 November 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Kate Donovan – Nightcall Radio
    22 November 2020 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Radiophrenia is also broadcast on Resonance Extra via its website, TuneIn and Radioplayer and on DAB+ Digital Radio in Brighton & Hove, central Bristol, Cambridge, Greater London and Norwich.

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Fluctuations / Datscha Radio © Gabi Schaffner

Datscha Radio will explore in radiophonic expeditions the unusual biotope of the Floating University and the program of the festival. In conversations with the artists and in interventions on site, Datscha Radio explores the modes of life and survival strategies of nature in a world shaped by humans.  At times an idyllic lake, sometimes a dried up wasteland, sometimes a swampland the size of a football field – the water retention basin of the Tempelhofer Feld fluctuates between effective area and dreamscape, biomass and place of retreat.

The programme can be listened to from 5.00  pm to 9.00 pm on local listening stations or on the internet at datscharadio.de, colaboradio.org, soundartradio.org.uk and cashmereradio.com.

Felicity Mangan: Amphi’theater (sound installation)
Ana Maria Rodriguez: Only for one day (sound installation)
Stefanie Loveday: Landfall, Collapse (video installation)

19:30h JD Zazie:
Goldilocks Zone (turntable, CD)
20:30h Pascal Arnold, Christoph Brünggel & Benny Jaberg: Still und Dunkel 
(audiovisual concert-installation)

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Dear artists, participants, guests and listeners,
„Listening to the Universe“ from August 11 to August 13, turned out to be a true trip to the stars, mentally as well as soul-wise, yet also in terms of multiple signal reception/reflections, wave streaming and antenna experiments. Many new friendships were formed under the trees and under the night sky. During the last day though, the sun almost melted the mixer connections and we “Listening to the Universe”, from August 11 to August 13, turned out to be a true trip to the stars – for the mind as well as for the soul – but also in multiple signal receptions/reflections, wave streaming and antenna experiments. Many new friendships were formed under the trees and beneath the night sky. During the last day, the sun almost melted the mixer connections and we had to switch off for half an hour to let the tech cool down… We also had a huge Yagi-antenna attached to the Datscha roof, catching signals from the Perseids’ falling stars. As for the garden; wasp season has just started, apples and early plums kept falling off the trees, and we had to bribe an allotment neighbour with some beers to keep him from working with his electric saw.

TThe day before yesterday, we loaded our trolleys and rucksacks, and filled our bags with early-autumn apples to travel together back into the city. 

The festival’s success is definitely owing to the radiophile friends and helpers who lent their hands (and heads) to “Listening to the Universe”.

Tina-Marie Friedrich (here at 4 a.m. on August 13th) for her helping hands. She looked after the guests (and us), stayed up with us until late at night and was able to find a positive side to every breakdown.

Tina-Marie Friedrich (here at 4 a.m. on August 13) for her helping hands. She looked after the guests (and us), stayed up with us until late at night and was able to find a positive side to every breakdown.
Salome Bühler, currently doing her voluntary social year at Studio Ansage, supported us for two days by looking after the artists and documenting the program.
Jasmine Monique Guffond supported us as a sound engineer on the first day of the festival and patiently got our open-air studio up and running.
Tim Schleinitz supported us at the mixer during the night of August 12 to 13, and shared his enthusiasm for GDR science fiction films with us.
Tiger Stangl lent her car, gave moral support and watered the flowers
JD Zazie did the sound engineering for us. Her enthusiasm for unusual sounds on the radio was as contagious as her laughter.
Marold Langer-Phillipsen monitored the stream while travelling the highways between Munich and Bratislava. In the event of any tech problems he provided a remote analysis and advised us on the phone.

Please keep an eye on the Datscha website as we will strive – after a few days of rest – to fill in some gaps (more artist info, images, festival resume). A mix cloud documentation can be expected, but not before the end of September.

DatschDatscha Radio also expresses its thanks to all radio stations and radio makers that supported our work by (re)broadcasting the festival: Colaboradio, Studio Ansage and Pi Radio in Berlin; Radio Lora in Zurich; Radio Blau in Leipzig; Radio Orange in Graz; SoundArt Radio in Dartington, Devon, UK.

Soon you’ll find some photographs attached of how it looked: our set-up by day and during the night, as well as of the sky – permeated by your radiating presences and interstellar audio contributions.

Tina-Marie Friedrich
Jasmine Guffond
JD Zazie
Tim Schleinitz
Tiger Stangl
Marold Langer-Philippsen on remote

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Have you got your wishes ready for the falling stars? We’ll help them travel the aether and further and further…
Datscha Radio hopes to gather a continuous assemblage of your audio or text messages to the stars that will be played or read out over the course of our 48 hour transmission. The universe will listen, be assured!

Send a message via the mentioned messenger service to: “Star Telegram” OR: Send to info@datscharadio.de

We accept poems, statements, messages in text but even better: in audio.

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Dear Open Call Artists!

Thank you for your excellent, intricate and lovingly created submissions. All in all some 50 tracks from all over the galaxy reached the orbit of the festival. The spectrum of compositions was immense: From star-system snooker playing to in-depth imaginations of meteors, from dialogues with the whispering universe to space opera, from intricate sound webs to radiophonic invocations, from the drama of matter, stargazing and the human voice to full-blown radio show productions.

Two thematically different loops/constellations were created for each of the festival nights.

I Voicing the Universe
August 12, 3-9 am (alphabetical order)

Beate Gördes – Sound–Imagination (Kosmos x1)
Bea Xu – Apocalypse Narratives
catenation – shrouded matter (li…
Cio D`Or – A4 ContinuumLynlee: Traceless Land –
Feline & Strange – Science Fiction
Hairs Abyss – Remembering the West
Joan Schuman – Hyperacousia
Könemann Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka und Nacht–Egal – der leere raum – konstellationen
Lazy Lizzie & The Taxi Boat –Celestial Soup
Sista Goldie Bee and Steve Transcoder – Dark Crying Sky
Trihn Lo – DisApparences
Topp&Dubio – Am–I-Flow-sound
Weijing Xiao – Then I dissolve

II Matter of Space
August 13, 5am-10am
(alphabetical order)

Alice Pamuk – Snooker
Anna Stereopoulos – Amphilyce
Brainquake – Starfish
Chelidon Frame – Halimede (Neptune IX)
Cio D`Or – Permanent Key
Constantine Katsiris – NASA Spaceweather Broadcast
Das unpreetzise Klang–Labor – The Elements
Derek Harrison – Perseus Visits
Jacob Moginot – Magnetic Reconnection
Jaripekka Koho/Tulasi – Pulse of Perseids
Julia Drouhin – Jupiter at 6 pm
Julian Scordato – Earth Song
Karen Chalco – n4ziap
Keddie Victoria –AscendingNode
Lydia_Ang – Moth and Mayfly
Ruta_Vitkauskaite – Orion Arm
Sebastian Pafundo –LA CREAtion
Sebastiane Hegarty – Nothing for harp and southwest
Ubu Kung – Euclid

If you don’t find your name in the lists: Some productions will surface within the course of our still flexible 48-hour program. At this point, Datscha Radio cannot name precise slots. A more definite account of „Listening to the Universe“ will be added by later on.

Again, Datscha Radio wishes to express her thanks for your creative involvement. Let us listen, across the globe, with our senses exposed to the touch of the radio waves. We will hear us in the 5th dimension!

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Artists in the garden

The Datscha Radio Festival “Listening to the universe” is already casting out its beams: of late, artist duo Kata Kovacs and Tom O’Doherty have orbiting through the areas surrounding the garden, trying to catch the signals of unseen satellites traversing the skies above.

Equally as yet unseen, but hurtling towards the event horizon is our current list of artists, which will from now on be progressively updated.
We would like to introduce:

Jasmina Al-Qaisi & Helena Otto: Star Taste

Jasmina Al-Qaisi & Helena Otto continue their 300 something moons back earthly travels to the belly and back. Again at night, they meet to recall failing stars, falling stars, to channel with different forms of eating in the universe while staying on earth, being earthy, with plants and like plants, goating their voices in space and back. For this occasion at Datscha Radio, Al-Qaisi and Otto will star and shine regrets and sorrows, sigh and laugh loud in a late dinner fashion on ON AIR. The two are eventually inviting the listeners to their own universe only possible to unravel together with microphones.

Artist Bio
Jasmina Al-Qaisi is a writer and archivist. She writes as she speaks in her own English, caught between sound and visual poetry which she transfers in performative acts and formats for radio free, independent, temporary or mobile radios.
Helena Otto was born in a former Country; currently lives in Bremen; constantly on the research of failed geographical belonging; working as a performer, writer and sculptress on projects connected to the lost and found identity within tradition, heritage, borders and the taste of memories.

Ally Bisshop
‘Possible vehicles for time travel’ (13.8.)

A reading from the book, ‘Possible vehicles for time travel’: a meditation on time, duration, futurity and the limits and curious perversions of lived experience.  

Artist Bio
Ally Bisshopis a research-driven artist and writer whose work explores the thresholds of encounter with the more-than-human. Born in Meanjin (Brisbane), she spreads her time between Gadigal land (Sydney) and Berlin. With Lucy Powell, she also works sympoietically as Holobiosonics.

C-drík: Into the Universe. Afrofuturism Special (11.8)
Syrphe Magazine

Artist Bio
C-drík aka Kirdec aka Cedrik Fermont is a composer, musician, mastering engineer, author, independent researcher, concert organiser, curator who operates in the field of noise, electronic and experimental music since 1989, born in Zaire (DR Congo). Lives in Berlin (Germany). Explores electronic, experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa, label manager at Syrphe, radio host at Radio Staalplaat, 88vier/Colaboradio and Boxout.fm, member of many bands.

Kate Donovan
Nightcall Radio | Listening Beyond Radio, listening beyond history.
On magnetism and the unheard, unsung, of the night.

Artist Bio
Kate Donovan is a sound and radio artist / expert for experimental radio forms and literature, editor and presenter at Colaboradio and is doing her PhD on “Expanded Listening Beyond the Anthropocence”.

Christian Kesseler (12.8.)
Of what material are these threads between bodies? How far must one reach, for the inclination of this touch?

Kata Kovacs & Tom O‘Doherty
LES-1, Oreganoweg, August 2020 (12.8)

Satellite Localisation © Kovacs/Doherty
Artist Bio
Kata Kovacs & Tom O‘Doherty have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011. Their work combines elements of durational and time-based art, minimalist movement, and electroacoustic music and sound. They are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through repetition, patterning, layering, and archiving. They live and work in Berlin, Germany.

Nin Kuna
In Orbit / The Landern (12.8.)

A poetic journey to the sky and beyond, where satellites, cosmogonies and languages circle around and shape the ways we perceive the world.

Artist Bio
Nin Kuna is a collector of stories and rhythms. Nin grew up in in the middle of “the iron curtain”, at the border of illegality, between war and peace. Then non-citizen, now more than one, Nin is exploring the situatedness of what is called history.

Rosanna Lovell (12.8)
Tuning In/Tuning Out: New Paths to Classical Music – Composing for Outer Space (12.8.)

Artist Bio
Rosanna Lovell Rosanna Lovell is a musician and mediator. In her work she realizes sound works, performances and interventions from a feminist and post-colonial perspective. She designs and implements workshops and projects and also teaches music. Lovell makes radio at Freie Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (fr-bb.org), where she deals with topics such as music, gender and accessibility. She is also active in the group Gender Relations in New Music (GRiNM) and the collective FEM * _MUSIC * _ working at the UdK. In summer 2018 she completed the postgraduate master’s program at the Institute for Art in Context at the UdK Berlin.

Elo Masing (11.8.)
Day Sky Improvisations and Night Sky Improvisations
On the opening day of the festival, the composer and violinist Elo Masing will roam the garden at irregular intervals to translate the living scores of heaven and earth into music.

Artist Bio
Elo Masing works as a composer-improviser of Estonian origin currently based in Berlin. She also appears as Zebra @kakaduu.art. She studied violin and piano, is part of the Berlin „Reanimation Orchestra“. Her music has been performed internationally by renowned soloists and ensembles and released on the Squeaky Kate and squib-box labels. She has a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music where she explored the physicality of instrumental performance in chamber music, received private tuition from Rebecca Saunders. Elo is co-director of clapTON ensemble, is part of the free improvisation duo Vicious Circus and member of the Reanimation Orchestra.

Niki Matita
Sternenmädchen & Sky Racer – DJ Show (11.8., 10pm)
Defamed abroad as “Krautrock”, young people in post-war Germany invented Kosmische Musik which played a central role in the subculturally intended reinvention of social life and the world and produced Sternenmädchen like Rosemarie Heinikel, Dorothea Raukes, Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz or Gille Lettmann.

The series NATIVITAS comprises a number of short pieces which follow the meaning of the word horoscope, their brevity and condensation corresponding to the format of the newspaper horoscope and also inspired by its (often involuntary) absurd language style.

Artist Bio
Diploma of Fine Art. Artist and event manager, specialised in audio art, sound and music; DJ; music journalist; certified sound designer and radio creator, activist in the fields of feminism and interculturalism.

Christine Niehoff: Kunst unterstützt Wissenschaft – die Kosmosgesellschaft auf Mars Mission

Ein Interview mit Helen Thein. Editing: Gabi Schaffner

Ready for Mars: C. Niehoff

Christine Niehoff will be interviewed about her works Galaxy Homes (2013), HeliTech Moon Exploration and Exploitation Services (2014), Moonbase Luna Delta I and II and Mars Alpha I (2014). She is currently researching the possibilities of food production on Mars.

Leonie Roessler: (E)Missions (12.8.)
Live conzert and talk
A radio journey into outer space – laptop live set composed of recordings of various NASA missions.

Artist Bio
Leonie Roessler – Composer and Performer raised in Germany and the US, now based in The Hague, Netherlands. Leonie captures her environment with field recordings, which she uses for radio pieces, sound installations, and instrumental compositions. Her works have been released through Musica Dispersa (Spain/UK), and Noise á Noise (Iran) and have been physically archived in the British Library.

Jodi Rose (12.8.)
Under the Milky Way
Stargazing & listening, tuning into the cosmology of the milky way.
Falling stars & shooting stars collide in a cosmic poetics. Excerpts & interview: Radio Astronomy live radio from the cosmos at ISEA in Helsinki 2004.

Artist Bio
Jodi Rose is an artist, composer and creative director of Singing Bridges, an urban sonic sculpture playing the cables of bridges as musical instruments on a global scale. Rose creates works that explore the resonance of physical & metaphysical bridges through cable vibrations, transmissions. Hosting on-site sonic interventions Rose is linking bridges all over the world in a Global Bridge Symphony.

Gabi Schaffner
A Pharmacy of Frequencies (11.8.)

Ostrich Egg. © GS

A daily dose of 3 minutes 50000 Hertz just makes thicker tomatoes … while the playing of classical music considerably shortens the lifespan of male fruit flies …

The Stars – Las Estrellas. A Mimikry (12.8.)
Soundart-Composition. With Irene Peréz Hernandéz.

Artist Bio
Gabi Schaffner arbeitet als interdisziplinäre Künstlerin in den Feldern von Radiokunst, visionärer Dokumentation und Performance. Sie ist Mitbegründerin von Datscha Radio seit 2012.

Ela Spalding: Moonrise Reflection (13.8. Moonrise 00:04)
A moment to breathe through the shift into the moon’s turn to shine its light on us.

Artist Bio
Ela Spalding (Panama, 1982) is an artist~facilitator and cultural producer exploring the space of art as an elegant conduit to practice and convey expanded notions of ecology. Her professional background is in film, photography, dance and somatic awareness practices with a keen interest in sound and wellbeing. She is founder and Creative Director of Estudio Nuboso – a nomadic platform for exchange between art, science, nature and society, tackling environmental issues in different bio-cultural contexts in Panama. She is also a founding member of Archipel Stations Community Radio – a Berlin-based and international, cross-cultural web community radio with live and bandwidth iterations. She shares her time between Berlin and Panama.

Cobi van Tonder (11.8.)
Acoustic Atlas
Artist talk with Niki Matita

Artist Bio
Cobi van Tonder is an interdisciplinary artist who has presented over 40 works worldwide. Her innovative art/science hybrid projects involve the creation of new technological interfaces or software to enable artistic ideas. She explores diverse avenues of listening as art-making space that she describes as ‘expanded listening’. The most recent works revolve around microtonal drone music that explore difference tones and beating patterns, sonic illusions, and recursive layers of convolution reverb.

Salomé Voegelin
Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards A Philosophy Of SoundArt (11.8.)

Artist Bio
Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound. Her work and writing deal with sound, the world sound makes: its aesthetic, social and political realities that are hidden by the persuasiveness of a visual point of view. She has published three books and numerous articles, papers and essays that explore and expand the field of political and aesthetic thinking via listening. Voegelin is a Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

Marta Zapparoli
Echoes from Outer Space (13.8.)

Courtesy M. Zapparoli. Photo: Udo Siegfriedt

Echoes from Outer Space” is a site-specific performance
focused on Perseids meteor detection with the use of a 2m Yagi antenna
and SDR software.
During the night, for several hours I will try to detect
meteor echoes in real-time, subsequently transforming it with minimal
equalisation into a musical flow.

Artist Bio
Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, and self-taught researcher active in sound art since 2003. In her work there is a deep relationship between energies: electromagnetic radiations, sensory experience, acoustic sound and electro magnetic fields. She employs a wide range of experimental techniques and equipment, often using scientific and technological tools including antennas (many of them self-built) as well as detectors, radio receivers, and sdr, magnetic tape, sensors).

Out of the Skies

Guest streams, sky explorations and still more radio art from the depths of the aether

Archipel Stations
The Perseides (12. and 13.8.)
Archipel is stationing the heavens in both nights of the event, as always in the spirit of the archipelagic thought, blending a variety of content, formats and languages produced all over the world. Special contributions from Anne Lepère, Bartira, Angela Muñoz, Cassie Sturm and a live performance of Niko de Paula Lefort playing “micro-macro.

Artist Bio
Monaí de Paula Antunes is an artistic researcher interested on complexity and communication together with their material, spatial and political entanglements and has participated in many collaborative projects, especially Arts & Sciences collaborations, developing alternative transdisciplinary models for the articulation, research and display of complex phenomena. Niko de Paula Lefort is a French composer, performer and music technologist. His artistic statement implies that musical instruments are technologies for reaching higher levels of communication, perception and, ultimately, higher states of consciousness – that compositions and performances are meant to induce.

Radiophonien des Alls #1 (Gabi Schaffner) with:
Jacki Apple:
Voices in the Dark. (13.8.)

Photo from a 1990 performance in NYC. Courtesy Jacki Apple

Voices In The Dark is about interstellar conversations, radio waves, and sonic archaeology. Is there anyone listening and how do they interpret what they hear? How do we/they distinguish between real events and people and media-generated fictions?

Artist Bio
Jacki Apple is a visual, performance, media artist and writer, audio composer, producer. An internationally broadcast innovator of radio art, she is former producer/host of Soundings, radio show KPFK-FM, Los Angeles, and author of Performance, Media, Art, Culture. Selected Essays 1983-2018, Intellect, Bristol, UK 2019.

Anna Friz & Emmanuel Madan: The Joy Channel (13.8.)
This speculative radio art piece imagines a future where the airwaves are used to transmit not just sound but also human emotion. In a transformed social and political and landscape, dispersed nomadic communities practice a form of tele-empathic communion without devices. Corporate powers attempt to control the population by flooding the airwaves with addictive standardized emo-casts.

Artist Bio
Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and media artist and media studies scholar. Since 1998 Anna has predominantly created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. Her compositions reflect upon public media culture, environment and infrastructure, time perception, and speculative fiction.
Emmanuel Madan is a composer, sound artist, and curator based in Montréal. He studied electro-acoustic composition in the early 1990s under the direction of Francis Dhomont. Madan’s solo practice currently includes a strong focus on radio and transmission art. HIs work has received many distinctions, including two awards from the FCMM Festival in Montréal (1998, 2001), an honourable mention from Ars Electronica (1999), and nominations to the Nam June Paik prize (2004), the Transmediale award (2010) and the Qwartz award (2010).


Marold Langer-Philippsen
(12.8. 9:00-10:30)

MLP: Probably streaming from this vicinity…

Perseus, a basement dweller, who floated in a box over the ocean, overcame beasts, created mountains, is telling about the old times. Or is it a painter, a mathematician, a discobolus, a king, a locomotive, a submarine, a library, a constellation?

Artist Bio
Marold Langer-Philippsen, born in Munich, lives in Berlin and Bratislava, works as radio/media artist, director, performer, stage/exhibition designer and musician in the fields of time-based arts with particular attention to public space, theatre and live broadcast since 1984. His radio works were created for community radios in Europe, Public Broadcast Stations in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, Ars Electronica Linz and São Paulo Art Biennial.

Radiophonien des Alls: CWCH collective (13.8.)
Edition 4: Transcendental Trepidation

CWCH collective are worker-artists who convene a hive broadcast of indiscriminately gathered sound-pollen, transmitting codified messages to kindred folk. From April to July 2020, a potent gang of sound artists have played, exploring whatever was on their minds. 

Artist Bio
For the 4th edition it was Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib (Saarbrücken), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna) Anna Friz (Santa Cruz) and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne).

Radiophonien des Alls: Johnathan Frigeri (12.8.)
The Cult of connection
This hour is dedicated to the cult of connection which will allow the listeners to connect to the invisible forces of radio waves. The dance of the spirit will give rise to disembodiment in order to reach the land of voices and travel in this space parallel to our perceptions.

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Press Image 1: Radar Datscha © Gabi Schaffner

“Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls“

A radio art festival by Datscha Radio
2:04 pm, August 11 until 2 pm, August 13, 2020

Every year in August, the Northern Hemisphere’s night sky is graced by meteor showers – the Perseids. Datscha Radio is using this astronomical spectacle as the departure point for a 48-hour festival of radio art. The broadcast starts at moonset on August 11 at 2:04 pm.

Datscha Radio – a non-commercial, independent, nomadic and interdisciplinary Berlin radio art initiative – has been engaged in expanding the culture of radio creation since 2012. It aims to create new listening experiences beyond the dichotomies of culture/nature and sender/receiver. It is transmitted from an allotment garden in the north of Berlin.

Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls“ is dedicated to themes and music inspired by the phenomenon of the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Every year, around August 12, as the Earth draws close to the comet’s orbit, fragments of the comet fall into the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds and light up in the form of shooting stars.

With a broad spectrum of topics – from cosmogonical myths to the signals of meteor detectors, from starlight-inspired violin improvisations to experimental horoscopes – Datscha Radio hopes to trace the path of these ‘falling stars’ to their manifestations in space and matter as the fictions and artistic responses that are bound up with them.

Where: On UKW 88,4 in Berlin and 90,7 in Potsdam, over mini FM on location and on the Internet via datscharadio.de and fr-bb.org.
The following radio stations will be transmitting Datscha Radio’s programme: Soundart Radio (Devon/UK), Radio Lora (Zurich/CH), Radio free FM (Ulm), Radio Blau (Leipzig), Archipel Stations (Berlin).

“Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls“ has been imagined and organised by Gabi Schaffner, Kate Donovan, Niki Matita and Helen Thein. Funded by the Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur, Berlin Pankow, by Musikfonds e.V. by means of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM), and by the Hans und Charlotte Krull Foundation.

Further information:


Gabi Schaffner (artistic direction), info@datscharadio.de, mobile0152 233 61 855
Helen Thein (press spokeswoman), thein@datscharadio.de, mobile0151 750 34 547

Link to PRESS Files.

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