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Exhibitions 11|2010

Nov 11th, 2010–March 27th, 2011
Sounds. Radio – Art – New Music

ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: Wed. 10 Nov, 2010 at 6 pm in the ZKM_Foyer
in collaboration with the opening of the ARD Radio Play Convention

Information auf Deutsch

Before division and specialization in the single disciplines began setting in from around the 1930s on, the historical avant-garde era in the fine arts constituted a mutually fertile synthesis. The radio was where this interplay between the arts would also repeatedly put into question the predominance of dialog-centered radio plays.

The exhibition project Sounds. Radio – Art – New Music makes radio accessible as an artistic medium. Beginning with the characteristic polyphony of radio as a medium art and the fascination with the immateriality that marked the early years of radio broadcasting, the exhibition opens up surprising perspectives in radio art and its potential to create unexpected perspectives.

The exhibition begins with five works of radio, created as part of the German-Czech radio project "rádio d-cz". By means of separating fences and connecting sounds, the radio features, radio plays and sound collages of adventurers and self-made men narrate fictive and actual contemporary history. An additional 25 reference pieces drawn from 80 years of radio history represent radio’s five elementary force fields: the flexible mobility with which radio overrides geographic distance, its picture-puzzle play with the boundaries between public and private space, the artistry with which it creates fictive spaces with original sounds, its ability to sensitize listeners to the complex textures of noises in everyday sound fields, and the uniquely original paradox in exposing the physical voice in an “immaterial” medium.

These five force fields may be experienced in excerpts from radio plays, features and sound compositions. A further 100 radio-art productions produced by participating broadcasting companies, as well as additional material may be heard in the exhibition's archive section. During the show (10 –14 Nov., 2010) Ursula Block will also be opening her archive on the history of New Music and Acoustic Art, and be moving into ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition spaces with parts of her Berlin shop "gelbe MUSIK". Within the exhibition Sounds she will create the special show "Conceivable Scores".

Guided Tours
Fri, Nov 19th, Dec 17th, 4 p.m.

Marius Babias and Katrin Klingan (ed.): “Sounds. Radio – Art – New Music”, publishers of Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 211 p. in color. Ill. and original score by Rolf Julius, folded brochure, Germ. / Engl. and booklet incl. 5 radio plays on CD (Germ.) in Schuber, EUR 19, 80.

Juan Allende-Blin, Susanne Amatosero, Andreas Ammer, Alfred Andersch, Beate Andres, Antonin Artaud, Ingeborg Bachmann, Walter Bauer, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Barry Bermange, Andreas Bick, Friedrich Walter Bischoff, Ursula Block/gelbe MUSIK, Hermann Bohlen, Alessandro Bosetti, Alfred Braun, Peter Leonhard Braun, Bertolt Brecht, Klaus Buhlert, Frieder Butzmann, John Cage, Christian Calon, Velimir Chlebnikov, Carlfriedrich Claus, Console, Alvin Curran, Peter Cusack, Tacita Dean, Eduard Roderich Dietze, Esther Dischereit, Peter Dittmer, Alfred Döblin, Oswald Egger, Günter Eich, Barbara Eisenmann, Martin Engler, William Faulkner, Raymond Federman, Luc Ferrari, Walter Filz, Hans Flesch, FM Einheit, Werner Fritsch, Tetsuo Furudate, Martin Gantenbein, Hartmut Geerken, Ulrich Gerhardt, Thomas Gerwin, Stefano Giannotti, Michael Glasmeier, Heiner Goebbels, Patricia Görg, Guido Graf, Kai Grehn, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Frank Halbig, Ludwig Harig, Hanna Hartman, Helene Hegemann, Elke Heinemann, Helmut Heißenbüttel, Niklaus Helbling, Paul Hindemith, Hofmann&Lindholm, Steffen Irlinger, Ernst Jandl, Elfriede Jelinek, Bernadette Johnson, Arsenije Jovanovic, Mauricio Kagel, Schorsch Kamerun, Dora Kaprálová, Hermann Kasack, Walter Kempowski, Oskar Kokoschka, Thomas Köner, Stephan Krass, Ferdinand Kriwet, Jean-Claude Kuner, Paul Laven, Michael Lentz, LIGNA, Bruno Maderna, Friederike Mayröcker, Sergej Medwedew, Jonathan Meese, Thomas Meinecke, Michaela Melián, Franz Mon, Herbert Morrison, Move D, Heiner Müller, Wolfgang Müller, Albert Ostermaier, Georges Perec, Helmut Peschina, Eberhard Petschinka, Paul Plamper, René Pollesch, Werner Pöschko, Rimini Protokoll, Jon Rose, Dieter Roth, Joseph Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Walter Ruttmann, Rafael Sanchez, Eran Schaerf, Christoph Schlingensief, Ernst Schnabel, Ernst Schoen, Nadja Schöning, Kateřina Šedá, Theodor Siebs, Rolf Simmen, Walter Spies, Tim Staffel, Andrzej Stasiuk, Ronald Steckel, Ulrike Syha, George Tabori, Andrej Tarkowskij, Asmus Tietchens, Jáchym Topol, Naoya Uchimura, Anja Utler, Mario Verandi, Michel Vinaver, Miloš Vojtĕchovský, Wolf Vostell, Antje Vowinckel, Stefan Weigl, Marianne Weil, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Wolf, Ror Wolf, Paul Wühr

Conception team
Marius Babias, Gaby Hartel, Frank Kaspar, Katrin Klingan
Exhibition, sound design, graphics and Media
Ruudi Beier, Peter Wellach (id3d-berlin thematic design)
Project assistant
Silvia Ploner

Further Information

The exhibition Sounds. Radio–Art–New Music
is organized by the Neuen Berliner Kunstvereins (n.b.k.) and Zipp – deutsch-tschechische Kulturprojekte – an initiative of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Presented as part of the ARD Radio Play Convention by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe.

In collaboration with: Deutschlandradio Kultur, Südwestrundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Tschechischer Rundfunk. Kindly supported by: Bayerischer Rundfunk / Hörspiel und Medienkunst.

Kindly supported by: Stiftung Lotto. Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.


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