Let us take a walk among the blue gum trees and immerse ourselves into the atmospheres of the sound art festival PHANTASMAGORIA in (for most of us) far away Australia. We’ll listen to Jaqui Shelton’s „Letters to the landscape“ and the stunning music of frequncies by the Overtone Ensemble. We’ll sneak up to a mysterious shed in the dark by the Kiewa river and follow the path around Lake Guy accompanied by the ringing of innumerable of brass bells.
Featuring interviews with: Madelynne Cornish, Ben Byrne, Jaqui Shelton, Jeff Robinson and the Overtone Ensemble.
28. November, 9:30 pm
88.4 Berlin, 90,7 Potsdam and on stream on colaboradio
This the Phantasmagoria Special part 1. In part 2 (in December) I will present my own work for the festival, a children’s radio play and immersive sound collage for 3 radio transmitters called „Electric Fairy Grounds“…. and still more Bogong sounds :)
PHANTASMAGORIA (7-30 April 2017), curated by Madelynne Cornish and Phillip Sarmartzis, was a site responsive sound art festival located in Bogong Village, Australia. PHANTASMAGORIA re-imagines and transforms Bogong Village into a world of shadows, murmurs and dreams. The festival used contemporary art practices to create illusion and spectacle in order to trace the vanishing individuals and communities that have marked the Alpine region. It drew on local knowledge, historical documentation, artefacts, and folklore to help construct a social context and landscape ecology for artworks.
The tragic life and work of Italy-born Maurizio Pucci, creator of the world’s first and only sneeze symphonies, remained unknown to most of his compemporaries let alone our modern world. Yet behold: „He“ was a „she“… and quite took a different walk on the wild side in far-away New York! Not all of this but some of it will be disclosed within the frame of deutschlandfunk kultur’s tribute to Pjotr Zak on 1st of December 2017.
More info about the upcoming broadcast and this remarkable transgender composer soon…
Incredible: Only yesterday maraa and I celebrated the release of our simultaniously published book(lets), „The Megaphone Guerilla“ and „I Live Here“, and now I am – jet lagged – back in Berlin again. Number of copies is limited: 60.
While „Meg Gue“ is a graphic novel style documentation of our poetic performance walk on the 7th of October, „I Live Here“ gives a broader view of maraa’s eponymic creative lab and their work within the field of identity, localities and politics.
There is definitly more to say about both publications, as well as about the evening in general, as this was the final presentation of my work in Bangalore showcasing „Resounding Bangalore“ as a one-off performance for 3 radios, speakers and a handbag. As soon as I get the pics, there’ll be more to it.
Here come some screen shots. A pdf will be available online asap.
Ms Schaffner is pleased to announce her final presentation as an outcome of her Goethian BangeloREsidendy: RESOUNDING BANGALORE (flyer design: Thara M. Thomas):
Bangalorian soundscapes, shortwave radio snippets and megaphone poetry, Gabi Schaffner’s performance „Resounding Bangalore“ draws on her sonic experiences in India. Rummaging through her handbag she’ll present her finds to a willing audience. Additionally, a to date undisclosed surprise sound installation will beautify the venue’s bathroom.
“Distance and locality are not just about geography. They define relations within a family (or culture) on multiple levels. They may or may not define identity. They may vary or move, they may travel or change by travelling. Much of my art is dedicated to the twin star system of (cultural) distance and difference and its pitfalls.”
„Resounding Bangalore“ is part of maraa’s creative lab “I Live Here” for which she has been invited to work with in cooperation with the Max Müller Bhavan Goethe Institut. Her zine publication “Megaphone Guerilla” documents on a poetic street happening also developed together with the maraa collective.
Ms Schaffner is happy to announce that she has been invited by Goethe Institute to work with the fabulous Maraa Collective for Media and Art in Bangalore this autumn.
As much as I like the perfumes of rotting leaves, frosty mornings and above all, of mushrooms under fir trees, I will swap this for neroli oil, radio waves and Bengaluru roses… and work with the Maraa collective of course. Hello India!
„Maraa works on issues relating to community media – most notably community radio. Activities involve research, policy advocacy and capacity building. Maraa also facilitates art in public spaces in Bangalore City. Since 2008, public parks, malls, unused and vacant buildings have been used to showcase a variety of art across the city – including theatre, graphic illustration, contemporary movement, independent music, sound installation, poetry and storytelling.
Maraa is also involved in various local campaigns – for example, eviction of slum dwellers and street vendors, malnutrition of children and violence against women and sexual minorities.“
I am most pleased and happy to announce that I am invited for a production residency at the Media Lab Prado in Madrid from 26th Feb. to 18th. of March 2018!
More radio gardening then… feeling very excited about it :)
Radio straight from the plots: This 27th of June Berliner Runde will be hosted by Kate Donovan directly out of her garden in Berlin and Ms Schaffner will be her guest. Talk will be about gardening, art and radio and the prospect of a NEW Datscha Radio broadcasting in August. Colaboradio’s Garden Radio Day will start from 4pm and will not end before midnight… with guests and artists, possibly cats and definitly lots of sound on air! There will be more to it, so watch out and stay tuned.
Berliner Runde: 27th June, ca. 6-7 pm
88,4 Berlin and 90,7 Potsdam
22nd of May is the DAY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE! Just in case you didn’t know that….
Originally a quote by infamous musician and artist Sun Ra, Finnish media artist Kari Yli-Annala takes the impossibilities of existence as a reason to re-celebrate this anniversary live in the Colaboradio studio together with his cosmic friends and guests. There will be music, violins and of course, a bit of universal talk about art, media and other inspiring things.
Occasion: Berliner Runde
Time & Place: 6 pm Colaboradio, 88,4 Berlin and 90,7 Potsdam
Guests: Jussi Suvanto, Johanna Tauber, n.a.
16th of April found Faust’s poor Gretchen singing in the garden of the Willemer Häuschen in Frankfurt/Main: On occasion of Easter and Goethe’s famous „Easter Walk“ poem, the curators Annette Gloser and Robert Bock invited 11 artists to create art works along a historical parcours passing by Frankfurt’s Goethian landmarks. In an adaption of an old German „kitchen song“ the voices of Shanti Suki Osman and Ulrike Stoehring rang out from two birdboxes, each housing a different mono track for stereo listening.
Retrospective press review here.
Thanks to Kirstin von der Heydt for documenting the work (right pic)!
And of course: those famous lines by J.W.G. in a 1836 translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring:
From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,
By the Spring’s enlivening, lovely look;
The valley’s green with joys of hope;
The Winter old and weak ascends
Back to the rugged mountain slope….
From there, as he flees, he downward sends
An impotent shower of icy hail
Streaking over the verdant vale.
Ah! but the Sun will suffer no white,
Growth and formation stir everywhere,
‘Twould fain with colours make all things bright,
Though in the landscape are no blossoms fair.
Instead it takes gay-decked humanity.
Now turn around and from this height,
Looking backward, townward see.
Forth from the cave-like, gloomy gate
Crowds a motley and swarming array.
Everyone suns himself gladly today.
The Risen Lord they celebrate,
For they themselves have now arisen
From lowly houses’ mustiness,
From handicraft’s and factory’s prison,
From the roof and gables that oppress,
From the bystreets’ crushing narrowness,
From the churches’ venerable night,
They are all brought out into light.
See, only see, how quickly the masses
Scatter through gardens and fields remote;
How down and across the river passes
So many a merry pleasure-boat.
And over-laden, almost sinking,
The last full wherry moves away.
From yonder hill’s far pathways blinking,
Flash to us colours of garments gay.
Hark! Sounds of village joy arise;
Here is the people’s paradise,
Contented, great and small shout joyfully:
“Here I am Man, here dare it to be!”
On Air: Electric Fairy Grounds. On the 20th of April I had the pleasure of being invited to 3cr, Melbourne’s best known community radio station, to give a short talk on the current (until 30th of April!!!!) BCSC exhibition PHANTASMAGORIA and my work. Apart from my site-specific radio play „Electric Fairy Grounds“ the talk also features excerpts of Geoff Robinson’s „Bell Walk“ around Lake Guy on the opening day, 8th of April. The interview was made by Leanne McLean. (Thank you !)
Here comes the link for the show; this post will get updated with lots of pictures of the station’s interior asap :)
A radio show on BCSC’s (Bogong Center for Sound Culture) exhibition and activities and an interviwe with Jaqui Shelton will follow some time later in Berlin, in May or June.