sonic sculpture / radio laboratory / improvisation ensemble
H.K.W., Berlin 2018
Radio Stilts is a contribution to the Radiophonic Spaces: Walk-In Radio Archive and Platform for Listening Knowledge at the House of World Cultures.
Unfolding over the duration of five working sessions, the visitors of the Radiophonic Spaces at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, were invited to join an improvised orchestra. Considering radio as a complex intersection between social relationships and technology, the project became a dynamic exercise in improvising along an ambiguous listening protocol in making political and micro-political choices.
Each session has initiated a new sonic ensemble working with concrete listening methods and choreography. Collectively making and interpreting a collaborative score, playing and performing together, Radio Stilts became a study of listening as a political and aesthetic project rooted in the practices of improvisation. Five compositions orchestrated during five working sessions from within of artist’s narrowcast studio at the HKW point towards radio as sonic strategy creating organisms instead of images. Every composition is a sound-translation of the collective solving of challenges posed to our collaboration and a way of establishing new networks, rethinking and reappropriating a particular space and the rules governing it.
Translated into its momentary sonic and rhythmic equivalent the compositions recorded during the project performances were released in Spring 2019 on a limited-edition vinyl record available HERE.
Enormous gratitude for the manifestation of the project: Daniel Neugebauer, Christina Harles, Eva Stein, Laura Mühlbauer, Andreas Durchgraf.
Photography: Maria Vittoria Trovato / A.K.
Videography: Timur Alexander El Rafie