Every year in August, the Northern Hemisphere’s night sky is graced by meteor showers – the Perseids. Datscha Radio is using this astronomical spectacle as the departure point for a 48-hour festival of radio art.
Datscha Radio – a non-commercial, independent, nomadic and interdisciplinary Berlin radio art initiative – has been engaged in expanding the culture of radio creation since 2012. It aims to create new listening experiences beyond the dichotomies of culture/nature and sender/receiver. It is transmitted from an allotment garden in the North of Berlin.
“Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls“ is dedicated to themes and music inspired by the phenomenon of the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Every year, around August 12, as the Earth draws close to the comet’s orbit, fragments of the comet fall into the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds and light up in the form of shooting stars. With a broad spectrum of topics – from cosmogonical myths to the signals of meteor detectors, from starlight-inspired violin improvisations to experimental horoscopes – Datscha Radio hopes to trace the path of these ‘falling stars’ to their manifestations in space and matter as the fictions and artistic responses that are bound up with them.
Where: On UKW 88,4 in Berlin and 90,7 in Potsdam, via mini FM on location and on the Internet via datscharadio.de and fr-bb.org. The following radio stations will be transmitting Datscha Radio’s programme: Soundart Radio (Devon/UK), Radio Lora (Zurich/CH), Radio free FM (Ulm), Radio Blau (Leipzig), Archipel Stations (Berlin).
“Listening to the Universe – Radiophonien des Alls“ is imagined and organised by Gabi Schaffner, Kate Donovan, Niki Matita and Helen Thein. With the friendly support of the Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur, Berlin Pankow, Musikfonds e.V., the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the Hans und Charlotte Krull Foundation.