Radio Gardening is a radiophonic environment, mixing heterogeneous content, formats and traditions of radio-making within radio’s own material and spatial complexity. The radio installation currently in the window showcase of SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin gives public access to the radio system from outside via FM and internet, with different layers of interactivity. Inside the art space, what is heard is the result of the interaction between listeners on the streets, their devices, the radio environment and the sound archive. The sound archive has been collected since the beginning of lockdown around the world until now, via Telegram messaging software. The voice notes and adjacent sonic content has been taken outside of Telegram and into the archive of Archipel Stations Community Radio and reconfigured in many forms; part of each audible in this platform. The content available on this website is composed of 10 streams that steam from 3 channels (sonicgarden, seedbiblioteek and fazendinha) and reconfigure in another 7 by various sets of rules. This online archive is the first outcome of broader research on radio as a performative form of archiving, which looks for alternatives to the restrictions and dilemmas of conventional communication, research, informatics, cartography and navigation. In radio and its intersection with cybernetics and ecology, we see a materially tangible and transversal form of permeating the precious interconnectedness of bodies, consciousnesses and the environment experienceable in the world. We also find in radio a field of potentialities to amplify and vigorously connect the heterogeneous and complex accounts that have long been pushed to the margins, hoping to contribute to the rise above the massive silencing and invisibilization of manifestations operating in different logics from the hegemonic one.
Artistic Direction, Project Management and Archiving: Monaí de Paula Antunes
Transmission Ecology: Niko de Paula Lefort (with the support of Kate Donovan)
Book binding/props: Fernanda Hoehne
Graphic Design: Silvia Noronha and Monaí de Paula Antunes
Thanks to all the contributors who took the time and involvement to register and send sounds, especially to Zayaan Khan, Seu Zé and T-SHINE. Thanks also to Udo Noll from radio aporee for radio hacking tips.
Archipel Stations Community Radio