What does an archive of radio art sound like? How do we hear and how does hearing establish our knowledge, our experience of the present and the world? Based on the results of a multi-year research project, Nathalie Singer, a radio writer and professor of experimental radio at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and a team of radio researchers are producing a radiophonic room designed by the artist, architect and musician Cevdet Erek. Visitors can enter it to individually hear and explore more than 200 works of international radio art.
Radiophonic Spaces presents experiments, forms of production and methods of composition in, with and for the radio, its apparatuses, studio techniques and discourses. Mediated by immersive audio technology, by moving within the space, visitors – like the needles on a radio search dial – trigger individual works from 100 years of radio art. Cevdet Erek, who performed at the Turkish pavilion of the 2017 Venice Biennale, is specifically designing an architecture for the room in which the interplay of sound and space can be enabled and examined. This architecture is interwoven with a digital reference work on the history of radio art. This makes Radiophonic Spaces a walk-in radio space, experimental archive, sound studio and stage all in one.
Radiophonic Spaces correlates current and historic, known and unknown positions. László Moholy-Nagy’s phonograph experiments meet the signals chosen by Carl Sagan for the Voyager probe. John Cage’s Imaginary Landscapes resound alongside Christoph Schlingensief’s Rocky Dutschke 68. Olaf Nicolai meets Orson Welles, Eran Schaerf and Friederike Mayröcker encounter Stereo Total, Antonin Artaud, Ammer & Console, Michaela Melián and many more. In addition, in cooperation with national and international radio stations, artists and researchers are invited to activate the radiophonic room and to rewrite, adapt and further write the history of radio art in lectures, concerts and performances.
Radiophonic Spaces is part of the interdisciplinary research project Radiophonic Cultures – Sonic Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media System, which has been underway at the University of Basel and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar since 2015. Radiophonic Spaces will travel three stations: In the spring of 2018, the walk-in radio space can be seen at the Tinguely Museum Basel, in the winter of 2018-2019 in Berlin and in the summer of 2019 at the Weimar university library.
Artistic director of Radiophonic Spaces: Nathalie Singer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Director of the Radiophonic Cultures research group: Ute Holl, University of Basel. In cooperation with ARD, Deutschlandradio, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Schweizer Rundfunk, BBC, Radio France, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikation Weserburg, Lautarchiv der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, New Radiophonic Workshop, INA/Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Goethe-Institut and many others.
Radiophonic Spaces is a project by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and it is part of 100 Years of Now.