radio studio / listening space / public program
Kassel, Germany, 2016 – 2017
In 2016 I was invited to join the aneducation team of documenta14 as an artist. Formally employed in the informal position of an artist in the context of public education provoked a series of questions and learning trajectories regarding the role and function, positionality and possibilities of an artist as a team member. Responding to this invitation through practice strongly resonated with the curriculum of documenta14’s complex organism dynamically emerging between Kassel and Athens. Navigating often juxtaposing and always overlapping agencies and workloads of the artist and team member over the duration of one year allowed for a dreaming up and the manifestation of the two interdisciplinary art projects: Narrowcast House, in Kassel and A-Lethia, in Athens.
My first site-visit of “documenta-Stadt Kassel” happened in 2003, in order to attend a German language course, while still being in a refuge program. Curious about the dynamics of the hyphen in the “documenta-city”, Narrowcast House became a way of practically enquiring into the multiplex relationship between the place and the event. Some of the questions driving the project included: Is documenta happening with the city, or to the city? How does the city and the event listen, contribute and benefit each other? Can the artists living and developing their practice in Kassel present the work at documenta?
Located in a disused storefront in Kassel’s Nordstadt, Narrowcast House projected itself into the future as an infrastructural connection and ongoing transmission between Kassel and documenta. Developed in close partnership with local art and cultural initiatives, as well as aneducation’s project House of Commons, Narrowcast House channeled an interactive program of daily “narrowcasts” in the form of listening sessions, performances, presentations on air, screenings, mini-exhibitions, installations, and school workshops.
Enormous gratitude for the invitation and the support: Sepake Angiama. Enormous gratitude for the emergence and the manifestation of the project goes to everyone who took part in this project, specifically to the documenta14 team, documenta14 Chorus and the aneducation team, specifically to: Sepake Angiama , Clare Butcher, Arnisa Zeqo, Elli Paxinou, Alkisti Efthymiou, Byron Kalomamas, Josephine Jong-nan Lee, Ifigenia Papadatou , Juliane Gallo, Amelie Jakubek, Sabiha Keyif, Aiko Okamoto, Jeanne Delval, Claudia Maria Doulou, Yu Yen Lin-Woywod , Andara Shastika, Alexandra Tsipni-Kolaza, Lauri White.