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Soeben fertig gestellt: der neue Jingle für “Unearthing the Archive”. Hier zum Hören (Sprecherin: Kate Donovan, Musik: Gabi Schaffner):


      1. Unearthing jingle - GS/KD

Außerdem haben wir die Seite ein wenig umgebaut:

  • Im Audio Archiv findet Ihr alle Jingles von DR 12 bis DR 18 und natürlich den Link auf Mixcloud, wo die meisten (aber noch nicht alle) unserer Sendungen archiviert sind.
  • In der Seitenleiste rechts findet Ihr (fast) alle Blogeinträge, die zu den verschiedenen Realisationen Datscha Radios verfasst wurden.
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Sendet es? Kate Donovan zwischen Licht und Technik

Fast fertig: Datscha Radios Vorbereitungen für die Ausstellung im c/o Kunstpunkt liefen glatt, nicht zuletzt auch dank der Unterstützung des patenten Kurator*innenteams. Wir wollen nicht alles vorher verraten, die Eröffnung ist am Samstag, den 28. Juli, um 19 Uhr. Brennnesseln und Disteln sind mit von der Partie…

Urtica dioica



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Ab 28. Juli in Berlin: Datscha Radio – Unearthing the Archive

Nachbarschaften, Netzwerke und Radio – allen gemeinsam ist, dass die feinen Fäden ihrer Verbindungen nur als zeitlich begrenzte Ereignisse sichtbar werden: in Festen und Festivals, in Austausch und Unterstützung. Ihrem Wesen nach sind sie organisch, können sich ausdehnen, zusammenziehen, teilen, sie brauchen Pflege und Wege… ähnlich einem Garten, dessen Bewohner*innen ober- wie unterirdisch in Kontakt stehen.

Datscha Radios Installation „Unearthing the Archive“ spürt dem „Untergründigen“ und dem Gemeinschaftlichen dieser Netzwerke nach. Für die Ausstellung im Kunstpunkt erdet und ordnet Datscha Radio seine Archive neu und bringt sie zum Klingen. 

„Unearthing the Archive“ sendet performative Perlen, sprachliche Substanzen und Musiken aus dem Mikro/Makro-Kosmos humaner wie pflanzlicher Nachbarn. Zwischen Maulwurfshügeln und mobilen Radios bieten Liegestühle und ausgewählte Shows im Randommode den Besucher*innen Gelegenheit es sich bequem zu machen und zu lauschen.

Die Gruppenausstellung „RAUMOHNERAUM #3: In The Neighbourhood“ im c/o KUNSTPUNKT Berlin ist Teil einer Ausstellungsreihe, organisiert vom Netzwerk freier Berliner Projekträume und -initiativen e.V.

Datscha Radios Unearthing the Archive wird realisiert von Gabi Schaffner, Kate Donovan, Niki Matita und Helen Thein. 

Weitere Aussteller sind:

  • NomadicArt
  • Camping Academy
  • Ira Hadzic & Kevin Ryan



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Datscha Radio ist nominiert für den Berliner Europapreis “Blauer Bär”! Da freuen wir uns… und sind gespannt!

Mit dem Europapreis Blauer Bär ehrt die Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa gemeinsam mit der Vertretung der Europäischen Kommission in Deutschland Berlinerinnen und Berliner, die sich in Freiwilligenarbeit und unentgeltlich für die europäische Idee und die Stärkung der europäischen Werte engagieren. Die Preisverleihung 2018 findet am Mittwoch, dem 9. Mai, im Berliner Rathaus statt. Alle Nominierten sind mit Freunden und Familie eingeladen.

Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Brunnenstraße 188-190
10119 Berlin

Wer mitkommen will: Bescheid sagen!


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11. März 2018. I meet Daniel Sigler at the Casa Encendida where he reads silently the El Pais while I discuss the (then) future Datscha Radio with the Radio Hortelana ladies Elena and Carolina. It is the day of the agricultural market in the Retiro Park, so after a quick side trip to Esta es Una Plaza, Daniel and I walk up to the park. He carries a huge umbrella that provides also a bit of shelter for the microphone that I had to switch on as we „talk garden“ for most part of our conversation already. Daniel is one of the foundesr of „La Cabaña del Retiro“, a „garden in the garden“, a place for horticultural education, self empowerment, and spiritual well-being. He is also a teacher of Shia-tsu, and his views on the corporeal and spiritual elements in gardening are well-grounded and for a great part based on Eastern philosophy and medicinal knowledge.

Daniel Sigler

The Cabaña was started about 14 years ago with a handful of volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood. From 60 m2 it was continually extended over the years and spans now more than 145 m2 situated on the eastern flank of the park. Currently there are up to 20-30 people regularly tending the garden and/or taking part in the multitude of activities offered within the frame of the Cabaña’s educational programs. Daniel teaches the art of holistic gardening, with a strong focus of inclusion, ecological education and self empowerment. All materials come from recycling and/or left-overs from other building activities in the Retiro: Boards, stones, sand and soil. The garden paths between the plots are wide enough to be accessible for people in wheelchairs, there are spaces for communication (“The lover’s meeting point”), meditation (a geodetic dome) and teaching (inside the actual house). A path leads up the terraces to a scenic lookout over the garden grounds.

The Cabaña belongs, like all other gardens I have been to, to the Red de los Huertos Communitarios, the Madrid network of urban gardens. The „Aula Ambiental“, the place’s „ecological classroom“ forms the offers courses and workshops on plant care and environmental awareness for children and adults alike. In addition, there are periodical invitations to conferences and excursions to natural spaces and environmental facilities.

Entrance of Cabaña

Still life in Cabaña

Still life in Cabaña (educational)

Still life in Cabaña (educational)

Where you can learn

While we walk on the paths I notice that there are more „ornamental flowers“ present than formerly encountered in other urban gardens. „No, we don’t ban flowers from our garden“, says Daniel. The practical and the beautiful both serve the environment, be it animals or humans.“ While he picks some salad for the market I take my documentary pics. It is almost 3 in the afternoon on our arrival at the market of the „El Huerto del Retiro“, a more „classical“ urban garden by way of its organization and horticultural lay-out (plus the biggest insect hotel i have ever seen). Alas, the market stalls are almost deserted by now (Spanish people don’t like the rain)! There is craft beer, organic cheese and honey. There is or was still more, yet i admit, I was very hungry by that time and needed a meal more than anything else…

View from having a craft beer

XXXL insect hotel

On our way to this huerto we passed some bellis growing next to some daisies in the grass. Those seeds got carried over the fence from the community garden, says Daniel. Later I look at the Madrid map of urban gardens: Somehow, I find, there is a resemblance…

Daisies and bellis


Urban gardens in Madrid


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22. March 2018
Very well… we started to prepare the „domo“ around 6 the evening before. The place was swarming with young parents and their toddlers, some gardeners, idle youngsters… Eva brings a big green box that contains her herbarium. We swept the gravel off the floor, wiped the table, found some chairs (one in the trash close to the entrance) and stuck a handful of remaining posters to the walls of the neighborhood. We passed a blue-eyed dog in a duffle coat (Madrid dogs often wear coats as long as the temperatures are still below 15 degrees:) and went for a beer.



Radio Gardening in Madrid

23. March 2018. Meeting at 9:15 at the entrance of Esta es Una Plaza; Caroline of Radio Hortelana had already opened the gate. Setting-up: All went well – thanks to ingenious Jesús of Medialab who had already made some tests the day before. Just like with Datscha Radio 17, we use the „Butt“-app for streaming and transmit via Udo Noll’s aporee streaming server.
The Plaza’s cat makes its appearance.
10:20 Eva, Kata and Joaquín arrive. Plants, sensors and watering cans are arranged next to the high bed of homeless cacti.
Maite takes pictures for the In-Sonora docu. Carolina has brought coffee, her Kalimba and a guitar.
11:50 Alberto of Esta es Una Plaza turns up. We are all happy and exited.

1st – 3rd hour

12:00 Here we go! Hola! Datscha Radio a tope!
After the introductions Carolina plays her kalimba to the sounds of gushing rain: An anti-rain spell that we hope will protect us from worse. Because rain for Madrid people is the most welcome excuse to stay at home! Apart from that, our electricity is provided from a solar battery – we are indeed a very ecological radio station!

13:00 Our program flows smoothly! A roughly by the hour organized schedule serves for orientation, all artists are bilingual, so we manage quite well with the translations.

Below you’ll find (later!!!!) an updated version of the program plan – the audio files will be shared on mix cloud asap (but not before 3rd of April). For now, let us look at some of the radio events of the day. Have fun!

14:15 Rain has finally come. Kata and Joaquín perform an astonishing set with plant radio music, sensors transforming the moisture levels of different plant pots and the green’s voltage into a soundscape with harmonica.

The cat loves it so much, it goes to sit on the roof just above our heads. A talk about listening and the rain.

Power cut!

Unfortunately the solar energy runs out…For some minutes we still broadcast on batteries but then we decide to interrupt our program.


14:45 Datscha Radio is back again on the air waves! One of the gardeners provided a connection from his neighboring house to the studio! The rain has stopped, the cat gets back in.

4rd – 6th hour…

We continue with the theme of plant talks: Eva Kurly presents her herbarium and introduced the African all-edible Moringa tree. Carolina plays and sings a poem from Argentinia. Santiago, who was working outside comes in an explains what they are presently building. Alberto has prepared two interviews about plant names and balcony plants with his parents. A delightful conversation, each one made over the telephone, the crackling interference in their voices making us forget the digital age.

17:00 A storm of theatre people blows into our tent: They are scheduled for a show in a venue nearby but somehow found this garden. Despite being in a hurry they improvise a vocal piece for us:) Listening to an interview from India about the Botanic Sanctuary in Gurukula and the preservation of vegetal microclimates. Appearance of Rafa from the artist organization The Hug. He brings music of Lau Mau, a Finnish singer whose work is closely connected to nature themes.

17:50 We still have unplayed recordings, yet it’s time for a resume of the broadcast material. Maite comes back and reintroduces the work of In-Sonora and talks about the festival planned for the next day.
18:00 The official end is postponed by half an hour because of the program interruption. We listen to Miyuki Jokiranta’s vocal encounters with her houseplants and finally to two excerpts of the „Atomic Garden“ by Alberto.
18:30 A gathering around the microphones, Thank you, dear listeners! Datscha Radio a tope!!!


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Almost all of us: Carolina, Eva, Kata, Jesús, Joaquin and Alberto

Dear all and all listeners,

I am still surprised and very happy: Datscha Radio happend in Madrid, in a garden, in a tent, with sunshine, rain, a fabulous cat, with gardeners, musicians, surprise guests and even a power cut in electricity!

None of this would have been possible without the support and activities of

Alberto Garcia, Anna Katarina Martin, Carolina Carrubba, Elena Arroyo, Eva Pilartes, Jesús Jara, Joaquin Diaz, Maite Camacho…

… and the community of Esta Es Una Plaza: Alberto, Santiago, Luis, Tommi and all the gardeners.

Many thanks also to Udo Noll/aporee.org for providing the stream!

Tomorrow: Presentation of the work (as well as the work of some other artists residing here at Medialab at 6pm!

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mit: Eva Kurly

Yes, we are broadcasting: Plant radio, medicinal plants and are now listening to a concert for bees by Eva Kurly. The happiest of all: Alberto and the cat!

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