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.”

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: 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….

@ Radio Revolten Halle

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If you may wonder where I am, it is here at my Halle work station. Lovers of radio, experimental sound, field recording, wave nerds, frequency fetishists: The place to visit is Radio Revolten Festival in Halle. If you would like to know what is happening: Read the “Diary” , better still: Tune in on 99.3 FM and 1575 on Mittelwelle and online. Art, People, Music, Club, 2 Concerts each Evening, all free!

I must get back there now, so this post is short.

More and everything else on: RADIOREVOLTEN.NET
1. – 30. October 2016

Starting 1.8.: Radia Show #592

The Journey of the Earthworm

The Journey of the Earthworm / Die Reise des Regenwurms

Pre-edit –  for radia.fm. By Gabi Schaffner, 2016

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The earthworm travels on radio frequencies, earthy hacks and conclomerates of audio matter. S/he passes through mosquito clouds (yes, this earthworm can fly!), bird song, thunderstorms, attends a Finnish summer theatre show, listens to a boy and his mother singing, visits the aucoustic remnants of a German garden show, finds happiness in the ringing of porcelain bells and, finally, merges into silence and is gone.

Voices:

  • Teuri Haarla, on occacion of his exhibition at Galerie Hilbertraum, 16th January 2016, Berlin, Germany
  • Unknown but stunningly convincing actors of a “kesäteatteri” 2010 in Mid Finland
  • Gibrain and Virpi Nurmi in their garden in Gießen, Germany

Field recordings by raw audio with snippets/remixes taken from:
momoscas1 by galeko, freesound.org
vartioh__loud-transmissions, freesound.org
spectrm__radio-interference, freesound.org
noisecollector__magnetorcradio, freesound.org
singing saw “fake birds”: Mimosa Pale, Berlin. 2011
guitar in “Birdcage” and flute improvisation, FX Schroeder, Hamburg. 2011
kompost20140711_2047.0.25s, programmed by Pit Schultz, 2014

Teuri Haarla is a Finnish self-taught artist who works with drawings, performance and architecture. For his performances he goes into a state he calls “bio drunk”. He also built “Plantheon” tower, 17 metre high and based on the geometry of nature.

During the opening we had a talk in which he explained some of this work and philosophy.

 

12.8. DLF: Selbst gemachtes Leben

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Das Feature bei DLF: Selbst gemachtes Leben – Der Tapir im Birkenwald
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Ms Schaffner is very pleased to say that she has finished on her new (but not newest!) production on the life and work of Erkki Pirtola, one of Finlands most important video documentarists. His passion was the art of the Finnish outsiders, many of them living far off in the forests and remote villages of the countryside.
“Itse Tehti Elämä” – Self-Made Life, or in short “ITE” is the Finnish name for this kind of art made by self-taught artists.

Pirtola died on the 23rd of January 2016 and his sudden death was a shock.

The picture above shows a tapir made by Alpo Koivomäki, photographed during a journey with Erkki in 2010.

Music (mostly): Felix Schroeder.
Here comes the German text:

Ist es Volkskunst, Wahnsinn oder Methode? Am 23. Januar 2016 starb der finnische Videodokumentarist Erkki Pirtola. Mehr als 30 Jahre seines Schaffens widmete er einer Kunstrichtung, die in den Tiefen der finnischen Wälder und Tundren ein einzigartiges Dasein fristet. Der Begriff ITE, kurz für “Itse Tehti Elämä” – selbst gemachtes Leben – fasst Kunst und Leben, Mensch und Natur in eine Formel, die sich in außergewöhnlichen und oft surrealen Kunstwerken manifestiert. ITE ist billiges Blech oder geflochtene Birkenrinde, ITE ist trashig und transzendental zugleich, ITE ist von Aliens inspiriert oder vom Geist der Vorfahren, ITE kann ein Möbel sein, ein Löffel, ein Tapir aus Metall im Birkenwald oder eine einzelne, durch den Raum gespannte Saite. Pirtola erhielt für sein Werk 2011 den Staatspreis der Bildenden Künste Finnland. Anhand von Interviews und Tonmaterial, das während einer langen, gemeinsamen Reise entstand, entwirft die Autorin ein Porträt des Künstlers und der ITE-Kunst.

Redakteur: Klopp, Tina Feature/Hörspiel/Hintergrund Kultur (Köln)

 

11.3. on ABC Soundproof: The Madness…

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An interview with Miyuki Jokiranta, producer of Soundproof, ABC Australia. Followed by “The Madness of the Documentarist”, congenially arranged by Angela Grant.

 

I travel with my (sound) pieces… and… yes, I wear them like clothes. It can happen that a sleeve gets loose or falls off, and you need to repair it with a pin… or so. Also, sometimes, you hang them back into the wardrobe where they stay for years. And with some bad luck, well… moths come and eat the piece. And it falls to digital shreds.