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The Sotol plant (Dasylirion liophyllum) abounds on the Northern slopes of the Big Bend National Park. Its slender flower stems reach into the air, gently waving in the occasional breezes coming down from the mountains.
The sotol belongs to the family of the agavea yet its outer appearance resembles more a yucca. The Indians used to roast the heart of the plant in fire pits dug into the earth, coals beneath and silt on top to cover them.

Yet, as we approach the Big Bend’s “Sotol View“ it becomes apparent that quite recently a bush fire has raged in the region. The ground is almost bare, splashed with grey patches of ashes and in between, the stumps of the sotel plants sit like churned pineapples, surrounded by the black sticks and twigs what was formerly mesquite and coal back stubbles of gras.

A closer look reveals that most of the Sotel plants are not dead at all! Slowly (but not really slow, as desert plants are fast-reacting beings), one days after another, new green pushes the scorched leaves forward. I’d say that the fire happened maybe 2-3 weeks ago, no more. Already new seedlings have appeared in little clusters, some of the stubbles show new leaves of grass. The opuntias however, look desolate. Their „ears“ have turned to a sickly, almost transparent yellow, and where the whole plant has been seized, there is nothing left to rescue.

Some plants are only burnt half, clearly the fire had been extinguished fairly quickly. The Big Bend’s fire brigade goes by the name of „Los Diablos“, a Mexican troop notoriously known by its efficiency, courage and speed. As they say, they „fight the fire like the devil“, hence the name. Still, there is a bitter taste to the story of this brigade. Being Mexicans and having their home mostly close to the border, the men are – despite the fact that the group is even recruited for emergencies all over the South West far into Presidio county – not even allowed a permanent working permit.

 

 

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The Sotol plant (Dasylirion liophyllum) abounds on the Northern slopes of the Big Bend National Park. Its slender flower stems reach into the air, gently waving in the occasional breezes coming down from the mountains.
The sotol belongs to the family of the agavea yet its outer appearance resembles more a yucca. The Indians used to roast the heart of the plant in fire pits dug into the earth, coals beneath and silt on top to cover them.

Yet, as we approach the Big Bend’s “Sotol View“ it becomes apparent that quite recently a bush fire has raged in the region. The ground is almost bare, splashed with grey patches of ashes and in between, the stumps of the sotel plants sit like churned pineapples, surrounded by the black sticks and twigs what was formerly mesquite and coal back stubbles of gras.

A closer look reveals that most of the Sotel plants are not dead at all! Slowly (but not really slow, as desert plants are fast-reacting beings), one days after another, new green pushes the scorched leaves forward. I’d say that the fire happened maybe 2-3 weeks ago, no more. Already new seedlings have appeared in little clusters, some of the stubbles show new leaves of grass. The opuntias however, look desolate. Their „ears“ have turned to a sickly, almost transparent yellow, and where the whole plant has been seized, there is nothing left to rescue.

Some plants are only burnt half, clearly the fire had been extinguished fairly quickly. The Big Bend’s fire brigade goes by the name of „Los Diablos“, a Mexican troop notoriously known by its efficiency, courage and speed. As they say, they „fight the fire like the devil“, hence the name. Still, there is a bitter taste to the story of this brigade. Being Mexicans and having their home mostly close to the border, the men are – despite the fact that the group is even recruited for emergencies all over the South West far into Presidio county – not even allowed a permanent working permit.

 

 

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From the Red Roses of Texas to freely growing “Night Shades” in avocado shaped BBQ roasts found on the corners of derelict houses: Stay prepared for selected postings (and excuse the delays: it’s either too much sun or no W-Lan or too much sun again.

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Photo: JRM

We have just sent them to Paris: digital parcels of earth tones, bird calls, water trumpets and music for snails: on September 2, Datscha Radio will be part of the program of the JRM – the Jardin de Recherches Musicales, an annual micro-FM festival in Paris, organized by Dinah Bird and Jean-Philippe Renoult. An afternoon of sun, sound experiments, field recordings and performances on the disused small train line that runs through all of Paris …

And in Berlin?

Our archives are still broadcast … for another 11 days. Time for a stroll down to Schlegelstraße 6 and a good opportunity hang out and listen. Our loop lasts 9 hours and 36 minutes, which is the average number of night hours between the opening date of the show to the end of  RAUMOHNERAUM #3 .

The gallery is open:
Do – So, 2 – 7 pm

Still available:
Last jars of our Mole Jam
and copies of the 2017 Datscha Radio catalogue!

 

 

 

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Absolutely amazing and incredibly fast: in just 6 days, the hornets, having conquered the pine tree’s birdhouse straight after the sweet cherry season, have built a fantastic annex: Welcome to the hornet’s Datscha!

I wonder how this will go on … with the fair weather season extending into at least two more months. Hornets are a nocturnal species, yet in the mornings and in the early afternoon, the sounds of their nesting activities are loudest: a permanent rasping accompanied by the buzz of wings.  Nice idea, to install a microphone at a close range – well, it won’t be me who’s doing that!

Which type of hornet may this be?

View with the former bird house

 

Close-up of the lower section

 

Datscha Hornet Front View

Adorned entrance

 

 

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Image: Collage from Goethe blog
 

Online since today on the blog of the Goethe-Institut Munich: “Art through the ether”, a short narration of radio art history, written by Knut Aufermann. Datscha Radio is happy to be featured there in picture and sound (by and with Frieder Butzmann), in addition to a number of parallel projects and/or institutions promoting radio art. Auferman’s text gives the reader a good overview of the beginnings, alternative modes and various manifestations of this art practice, and it is a pleasure to read it!

Therefore here, not many words, but the link to the English version: https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/med/21324932.html

About:

Knut Aufermann, born 1972, lives in Ürzig and works internationally as a radio artist, musician and organizer. Since 2005, he has worked with Sarah Washington under the project name Mobile Radio at events such as the 30th São Paulo Biennial and documenta 14.

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The exhibition RAUMOHNERAUM #3 opened yesterday! With the numerous guests came the long-awaited rain, so everyone found themselves between our molehills when Susann Kramer from the Kunstverein Neukölln e.V.
 introduced the artists from the exhibition. For the third time now, Berlins ‘Network of Free Project Spaces and Initiatives’ invited art projects that do not have their own space. Under this year’s motto “In The Neighborhood” – apart from Datscha Radio – the collective Nomadic Art, the Camping Academy and the duo Ira Hadžić & Kevin Ryan were selected.

The evening was long and pleasurable. Right next to the entrance of the Galerie Kunstpunkt, Datscha Radio broadcast earthy pearls from the archive within a small radius, including a first issue of Datscha Radio Madrid. Our camping furniture was immediately taken over and ears were held close to the radios – amidst the opening’s acoustic clutter, our radio waves could only take on a ‘subterranean’ effect. A pity that our “Unearthing the Archive” team could only be present to a lesser extent, since the other half,  Kate Donovan and Niki Matita, currently dwell at artist residencies beyond as wellas on this side of the  ocean.

Datscha Radio’s installation “Unearthing the Archive” can be seen until the 31st of August, every Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 7pm. Our archive loop lasts exactly 9 hours and 36 minutes. This is the average number of hours between the 28th of July and the 31st of August. The selected tracks are played in random mode: what comes next remains unpredictable! Stop by and turn your ears to the molehills in the Kunstpunkt!

Datscha
 Radio’s installation “Unearthing the Archive” can be seen until the 31st of August, every Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 7pm. Our archive loop lasts exactly 9 hours and 36 minutes, the average number of night hours between the 28th
 of July and the 31st of August. The selected tracks are played in random mode: what comes next remains unpredictable! Stop by and tune your ears into the molehills at Kunstpunkt!

Here is a slideshow of images from yesterday evening with a big thank you to the
 team from the network for the great cooperation!

Photos/Text: Helen Thein
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  “Some things rest in darkness, others need to be lifted into the light.”

Here comes the playlist of the “Unearthing the Archive” audio loop: Earthy, invisible, elemental and/or plant materialities, tape music, poetologic sound art, secrets of the Moringa tree or composting in India: The spectrum is varied and the order always surprising.

Datscha Radio wholeheartedly says ‘Thank you’ to all participating artists who have enriched our program since then! We are pleased to share these and further works in future neighbourhoods.

 

Garden Listening Session, DR 17      
43:45

Rosanna Lovell, Gregor Kaspar et al

Carte Verte #4, DR 17
1:28:33

mit Stücken von Kaspar König, Frieder Butzmann live et al 

Datscha Radio Madrid 18
1:03:05

Plant Radio. KTA | Joaquìn Diaz

Flight to Mongolia. Daniel Sigler

Moringa Tree Talk. Eva Kurly

Il JardÏn de mi Madre. Alberto Garcìa

Greenhouse Emissions, DR 17    
25:16

Kate Donovan / Ryan McFadyen

Martha Zapparoli, DR 17    
34:55

Mole Loop 1, DR 17    
58:52

Jazkamer – The Worms Will Get It 

PlantsAndEmpire

NN – Locquirec

Veronika Fischer & Band – Philodendron

Hassle Hound – Poppy Bush

Mole Loop 2 , DR 17                        
1:25:08

Schrebergärten pt. 1

Congress Woman Malinda Jackson Parker – Cousin Mosquito

Schrebergärten pt. 2

Hardman Bros – Cherrytree

Reinhard Lakomy – Jede Blume blüht nur einmal auf

Temporäres Klangmuseum presents Heimische Heuschrecken (ca. 1980)

Suetzu_Flight Master’s Whistle

Worldgardening Selection, DR 18                
44:19

Wave Song. Carolina Carrubba, Madrid 

Batan Perma Culture, Madrid
With Irene de Huerto Batan

Daily Dump. Mit Poonam Bir Kasturi.
Bangalore, Indien

Morning Field #4                
59:45

with Alexander Baker, voices of noisense, Radio 60 Secondes, Dylan Martorell, Charlotte Law, raw audio recordings

Mole Loop 3, DR 17    
48:38

Niki Matita – Haze’s Garden Radio 

Eliane – Flower by Night

Aus der Tiefe des Blau. Helen Thein 

Jingle Unearthing, de/en
Kate Donovon/Gabi Schaffner   
1:30/
1:32

Unearthing Composers                          
23:59

BBQ Gardens. Spalacidae8

Antipodean Voices. Miyuki Jokiranta

Phonosynthesis. Angelo Airi Farulla

 

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