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Kaamos Radio. FInland

Kuunvalo nukahti ja tähdet katosivat taivaalta. Ja maa hengitti hiljaa lumen alla.
The moonlight fell asleep and the stars disappeared from the sky. And the earth breathed quietly under the snow.

A radiophonic journey into the (sub)arctic winter.

The term ‘Kaamos’ refers to the lightless period of the year (above the 60th latitude) when the sun lingers below the horizon. Kaamos is the time of darkness, of stillness and quietude and of the arctic light, a time for storytelling, contemplation and of taking a rest. A Sami legend tells us of the ‘Nest days’, because it was believed that the sun rests like an egg in its nest during that time. ‘Kaamos’ also
stands for a mental state that is difficult to endure and is also used synonymously for winter depression in Finnish culture.

The town of Mäntää-­‐Vilppula is located approximatly 180 km northeast of Tampere, on the shores of Lake Melasjärvi. It is surrounded by a sparsely populated landscape made up of forests, lakes and rivers. Temperatures in January and February go from – 20 to -­‐2 degrees Celsius. Northern lights occur at times.

KAAMOS RADIO will track both the phenomenon and variations of its inner states
-­‐ as a local radio sphere
-­‐ in field recording
-­‐ in talks with artists and musicians from the area
-­‐ via congenial guest contributions and radio streams
-­‐ as an ongoing attempt to respond to the conditions of light and temperature

-­‐ theme specific compositions
-­‐ favourite winter‐time stories
-­‐ poems and spoken word
-­‐ recordings and investigations
Please send your files via wetransfer to
Please provide two or three lines each about the piece and yourself including a website, if possible.
Please put Kaamos Radio Contribution as a subject line.

As the project is still in its planning stage, the final dates need to be confirmed yet. Scheduled are
-­‐ Saturday, February 13, 2021
-­‐ Saturday, February 20, 2021
The length of the broadcasts is between 2 and 6 hours on the respective days.
Please submit your audio pieces until the 3rd of February 2021

KAAMOS RADIO is a temporary radio art project located at the residency studios of the Serlachius
Museum in Mänttä/Central Finland. It is initiated and maintained by the Berlin sound artist and performer Gabi Schaffner, in cooperation with Sophea Lerner (Open Radio, Helsinki), Marold Langer-Philippsen (radiolada, Bratislava) and (Berlin)

The program will grow with the flow of the events. There is no fixed time schedule. You’ll find a list of
all participating artists on the datscharadio website in due time.
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● in collaboration with other radio stations and projects (if interested, please, let me know)

May 17: “Radio Garten” at Kunstradio Vienna

How does making radio in the garden sound like? Between bugs and beetle bread, under the spell of the moon, in the small hours of the morning. How can the garden and its ecologies resound in radio?

These questions lay at the core of my archival and radiophonic investigations of what “makes” Datscha Radio special. On commission of Kunstradio Vienna a 51 minute sound collage was put together, to be broadcast on
– Mai 17
– 23 pm CET
– Produced by: Elisabeth Zimmermann

Includes excerpts of Datscha Radio 2017 and the Nightgardening series 2019 plus additional material. Datscha Radio Berlin is realized with Kate Donovan, Helen Thein and Niki Matita.

Stories Of The Top Of My Head

[Geschichten aus dem Kopf”] I worked as a traveling storyteller (mainly) between 2000 and 2010 with performances in Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Finland and Germany. Stories ranged from odd fairy tales and myths (Finland, Mongolia, Inuit) and science fiction (Lovecraft, Ballard) to classical literature (Gogol, Mishima) and Japanese movies.

All stories are told without notes at hand. The choice depends on my taste for the difficult, the ambiguous, for black humor and definitely the challenge to remember them at all. The performance can take place anywhere; length of a set: 30-60 min.

Excerpt of Program 2000-2004:

2000 Die Töterinnen; Nacherzählung eines japanischen Spielfilms. Schilleroper, Hamburg [The Samurai Killers; Remembered after a Japanese Movie. ]
Das Röhricht; Kurzgeschichten von Mohammed Mrabet. Offener Kanal, Hamburg
[The reed; Short Stories by Mohammed Mrabet]

2001 Fermats letzter Satz; Nacherzählung eines Dokumentarfilms über den englischen Mathematiker Andrew Wiles. HfbK, Hamburg
[Fermat’s last Sentence; Remembered after a TV documentation about the mathematician Andrew Wiles]
Der bemalte Vogel; Ausschnitte des Romans von Jerzy Kosinski. Galerie Hinterconti, Hamburg
[The Painted Bird; Motives taken from Jerzy Kosinski’s novel ]

2002 Die Farbe aus dem All u.a.; SF von H.P. Lovecraft und Cordwainer Smith. Zakk, Bremen
[The Colour from Space; Selected stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Cordwainer Smith]
In Dieter Roths Chair, The Pearl, Space Tales; Diverse Erzählprojekte in Reykjavik, Seydisfjördur und Skriduklaustur. Island, Juli – Oktober
Various Storytelling projects on Iceland, July till October. Travelling Storyteller.
Inuit- und mongolische Märchen, Kurzgeschichten aus Japan von Yukio Mishima; 11. Dez,. Mousonturm, Frankfurt
[Inuit and Mongolian Folk Tales; Short stories by Yukio Mishima ]

2003 Ode to Dust. Spoken Word Performance; Lobo, Texas/USA
Im Dunkel der Nacht. Ausgewählte Krimis von Cornell Woolrich; Kaskadenkondensator, Basel
In the Dark of the Night; Selected crime stories by Cornell Woolrich]
Die Perle. Kurzgeschichten aus Japan von Yukio Mishima und Yasunari Kawabata; Goto, Frankfurt
[The Pear
l; Short stories from Yukio Mishima and Yasunari Kawabata ]

2004 Finnische Märchen. Galerie Hinterconti, Hamburg. [Finnish Fairy Tales]
Im Dunkel der Nacht. Mehr ausgewählte Krimis von Cornell Woolrich; Schilleroper, Hamburg [In the Dark of the Night. More selected crime stories]

Gardens and Beyond

Mapping and contextualization of gardens in relation to our changing perceptions of “nature”, techné and “wilderness” form part of my practice since the 90s. With Datscha Radio as an additional platform for exchange and research this strain of work was still intensified.

The use of radio as a first-hand method of ethnographic investigation is unusual (but not wholly unknown). Yet it creates an invaluable output in terms of communicative exchange, archiving possibilities, sustainable artist platforms and self-empowerment. If ethnology can be termed an “actor-network” with hybrid results (Yokes, 2018), free radio (net)work(s) allows for an even wider spectrum in content and actors, from waveforms to humans to non-humans to even unanimated (do we know it?) matter.
A choice of garden mappings is found here: datscharadio/worldgardening.

Fermat’s Last Theorem

Fermat’s Last Theorem is based on the mathematical problem of the same name, which was solved in 1993 by the British mathematician Andrew Wiles. A BBC broadcast documented on the septennial solution path. Inspired by the magical number Seven and the intricacies of the whole process I staged the movie as storytelling performance. The lecture itself was held without notes, yet – as the picture shows – 4 and a half pages were needed just to register the main facts. Duration: approx. 40 min. „Fermat“ was only performed thrice, last in 2010.

Dada de Nada

2004-2007. Dada de Nada put a strong emphasis on self-taught artists. Curating was done on invitation without ever so much as looking at a portfolio. We were never disappointed. In 4 years we staged more than 90 shows, many of them fluxus-like, often poetic, some very loud, some culinary and/or transgressive.

Dada de Nada was organized and curated by three individuals with interests in experimental forms of art and civilization. With: Mario Minelli and Birgit Helms, in 2007 also with Marco Kunz. In the beginning (2004-06) with regular locations, later nomadic.

Phenomena of Inner Topographies

“Phenomena of Inner Topographies” assembles an alphabetically ordered pandemonium of texts about fictional and non-fictional landscapes and the phenomena encountered in passing through them. There are essays, poems, excerpts from own literary texts, photographs, maps and drawings. Gardens are a central theme, just as varied concepts of wilderness and getting lost. Planned as a hypertext network, the “Phenomena” also include some contributions by other artists and writers: Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, Dirk Hülstrunk, Julian Rohrhuber, Mathias Deutsch, Christine Klein, William Burroughs, Emily Dickinson…