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Datscha Radio’s vision of the garden as a living image of communication and growth had been carried southward to Central Spain in pre-spring 2018. There it sprouted an off-shoot at the garden of „Esta Es Una Plaza“ on the 23rd of March. We broadcast on stream from this site (and possibly other) and on-site via micro transmitter on 103.7FM.

Datscha Radio Madrid happened on invitation of and in collaboration with Medialab Prado and the IN-SONORA artist collective.Apart from this, there were garden mappings, wondrous encounters in plant hospitals and honey shops. Have a look for yourself and browse through the following posts.

Diary of the Day: Datscha Radio Madrid, 23rd March

Preparations 22. March 2018 Very well... we started to prepare the „domo“ around 6 the evening before. The place was ...
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Dear all and all listeners, I am still surprised and very happy: Datscha Radio happend in Madrid, in a garden, ...
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Back again… already for some time

Eva Kurly brought seeds of the Moringa tree Yes, we are broadcasting: Plant radio, medicinal plants and are now listening ...
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Waiting for the sun… or a long cable!

we interrupt our programm for maybe 15 minutes because the solar collector cannot collect enough sun rays. We return as ...
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Pink Dreams: La Quinta de los Molinos

21st March 2018 The air was fresh but the sun was shining and the lawns lit up in dreams in ...
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Datscha Radio Madrid te invita!

Esta es Datscha Radio Madrid! Estaremos emitiendo el 23 de marzo de las 12 del mediodía a las 6 de ...
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The Batán Permaculture Garden

The district of Batán borders on the Casa del Campo park, the neighborhood is a mixture of appartment blocks for ...
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Otro Pequeño Diario: 16-17.3.2018

16. Marzo 2018 19:30 Visit to the Humus Film Fest, a brilliant idea! 16 short films in 4 categories about ...
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16th Century Thistles: Visiting the Library of the RJM

A place for study, information but also a treasure trove of ancient books on botany, this is the library of ...
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A visit at the “Hospital De Plantas”

It’s less than a 20 minutes drive into the western part of Madrid and we reach the community of Pozuelo, ...
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The Honey Gardener

La Casa de la miel has been in the hands of his family ever since the shop was founded in ...
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Earth Waves

Another quick diary of these days in the wonderland of Datscha Radio preparations. You’ll find an introduction of the (steadily ...
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Esto es Datscha Radio!

For more than two weeks we have met, talked, spent time with each other, exchanged ideas, mails and sounds. I ...
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Sunday Diary: Gardens within Gardens

Here’s a very quick update on what is happening in Madrid with Datscha Radio – and an diary of how ...
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Esta es una Plaza!

¡Hola Jardineros! Let us take a walk with Alberto Peralta to „Esta es una Plaza“ in Madrid, an urban garden ...
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Radio Kitchen

Radio Kitchen Datscha-Radio kitchen: an extensive field! Apples, cherries, plums, zucchini, carrots, tomatos and mangold come together with pasta, bread ...
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 The aim of this residency lies in collaborative work with Madrid sound and performance artists with a focus on „radio gardening“ on practically all levels:

  • gathering field recordings and interviews in and about the Madrid urban gardens (Huertos Urbanos comunitarios)
  •  inclusion of the local communities
  • creating an artist’s collective from scratch to make radio
  • investigation of the sound spheres of the historical gardens and parks of Madrid
  • furthering exchange in languages, plants and knowledge
  • staging a 6 hour garden event embracing the Madrid spring – hopefully in showers of almond blossoms.
  • creating a documentation in text and sound

With being the first time for Datscha Radio to travel abroad, some of its perspective shifted – from being locally (or at least nationally) anchored to becoming a nomadic entity – dependent on the support and openness of its hosting country.

Plants travel – we know that. Their seeds do anyway. Gardens can only travel in parts. I once knew a lady who moved from her old house and garden to a new home somewhere else in Germany and they were taking the compost pile with them. They carefully lined the car trunk with plastic and that is how they travelled. (She sold some her plants too and that’s how the three rhubarbs settled into the Datscha garden).
Travelling is (too) often associated with freedom. Really it just means a shift in dependencies. When you are a gardener (and/or an artist), your currency is exchange.

As a consequence Madrid made my focus of research shift to the matter(s) of dependencies and sharing. The relationship(s) to nature – or what we call „nature“ – are many-fold. From ornamental shaping to the exclusion of decorative plants in „proper“ gardens, from forming horticultural networks to offering medical care to suffering plants, from liking plant species to brainscapes or diverse „-isms“ to the never-dying evocation of spiritual unity: Difference and dependency define each other by nature; equality and sharing may, if they are lucky , escape from them into some other realm… maybe the one of radio gardening.

Since my (and the project’s) arrival here, I encountered (and still do) countless people and collectives supporting Datscha Radio Madrid. Without them, none of this would be happening.

Present supporters and institutions involved:

Please note: All of this is in the making and subject to changes.


Coordination: Jesús Jara, Maite Camacho


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