Category Archives: Re:Se:Arch

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
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20200517/598436/Datscha-Radio-ein-Radiogarten
– 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…