sonic sculpture / radio laboratory / improvisation ensemble
Contribution to the Radiophonic Spaces: Walk-In Radio Archive and Platform for Listening Knowledge, House of World Cultures, Berlin
Radio Stilts is an experiment in moving over an unstable ground. Considering radio as a complex intersection between social relationships and technology, it is an exercise in making political and micro-political choices, developed and facilitated by the artist and musician Anton Kats.
Unfolding over the duration of five working sessions, the visitors of the Radiophonic Spaces: Walk-in radio archive and platform for listening knowledge at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, were invited to improvise along an ambiguous listening protocol. Each session has initiated a new sonic ensemble working with concrete listening methods and choreography. Collectively making and interpreting a score through radio technology and modular synthesis Radio Stilts is a study of listening as a political and aesthetic project rooted in practices of improvisation.
Five compositions orchestrated this way from within of artist’s narrowcast studio at the HKW favour radio as sonic strategy creating organisms instead of images. Every composition is a process of collective solving of challenges posed to our participation and a way of establishing new networks, rethinking and appropriating a site and the rules governing it.
Translated into its momentary sonic and rhythmic equivalent the compositions recorded during the project are released in Spring 2019 on a limited-edition vinyl record.
Photography: Maria Vittoria Trovato / A.K.
Videography: Timur Alexander El Rafie