India Calling! Away in Autumn

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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.”

23.05. 6pm Berliner Runde: Day of The Impossible!

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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.

 

Easter Walk Postscript: Gretchen’s Song

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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!”

Electric Fairy Grounds on 3CR Melbourne

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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.

Listen to Electric Fairy Lands here!

In the making II: Expatkids Save Radioplay

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Talin and Aarya Bennett are the star speakers in my newest of new radio pieces “Electric Fairy Grounds”. They will share their adventures – including encounters with the Moth King and a Fern Witch – with the visitors coming to  visit “PHANTASMAGORIA” (7. – 30. April, Bogong, Victoria). The story will be told in three chapters and in three different places around Lake Guy. Get your walking boots ready and don’t forget to bring a mobile radio as the installation is ON AIR, 100 Mhz.

Dear Hema and Kate, thank you once again!

In the Making: Electric Fairy Grounds

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“Electric Fairy Grounds” is a three-part radio installation for the exhibition “PHANTASMAGORIA” curated by Madelynne Cornish at Bogong, Australia.

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“Electric Fairy Grounds” draws on the Aboriginal concept of a „dreaming“: A tale  that highlights on topographic elements as well as on the identity and history of the people visiting or having lived in Bogong Village.

Documentary materials – interviews, talks, songs, poems and nature recordings  – are combined with a radio play anchored in the 5os, when the dominating (industrial) landmark of the region, Junction Dam, was built.

Radio as a “medium” relates both to the constant flow of electric currents omnipresent in the area and the flow of the Kiewa river. But of course we can also hear the ghosts of the past speak though the waves….

DLR Kultur 27.2. 0:05: Sneeze Fantasies!

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Achoo!!! Who ever is still suffering from sneezes, snot, heavy breathing: welcome to the world of “Sneeze Fantasies”: 12 micro compositions made to spray (a)tonal, jazzy germs into the world of European pre-spring music! Introduced on Deutschlandradio Kultur in the night from Sunday to “Rosenmontag”, at 0:05 at some viral point of this broadcast. 27th Feb and afterwards irregularily during daytime.

Link to Wurfsendung in “Kurzstrecke #59, presented by Julia Tieke: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/ursendung-neue-autorenproduktionen-kurzstrecke-59.1020.de.html?dram:article_id=376206

Greatest thanks to the musicians who helped me by adding their talents to the sneeze material:
Rosanna Lovell – clarinet
Matthias Schmidt – trombone
Claudio Comandini – trumpet
Hannes Wienert – trumpet

One day two shows 2: The Secret Art Society

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6 pm, 88.4. Tue. 24. Januray. COLABORADIO / Pi-Radio: Berliner Runde. As you can see from above, the most wonderful, multiply talented and charming Silke Thoss will be my guest at Berliner Runde at Colaboradio. I feel honoured to have been asked to do this show and well, this is my first try.
Silke Thoss is a painter and accordeonist. She is the prominent member/founder of bands like the „Watzloves“ and „Hoodoo Girls“, she is active as a performer, traveller and solo band, and is presently preparing a new set of paintings, titled „The Secret Art Society“.
Her website is:http://silke-thoss.magnolia.ch/