Sounds.
Radio – Kunst – Neue Musik


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n.b.k. Exhibitions Vol. 7 – Sounds.
Radio – Kunst – Neue Musik

Edited by Marius Babias and Katrin Klingan

Reader, 216 pages, with illustrations (mostly in color) and an original score by Rolf Julius, German/English and booklet with 5 radio plays on CD (in German) in slipcase, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-86560-826-0


During the emergence of the historical avant-garde, the arts formed a mutually fertile synthesis, until a separation and specialization into individual disciplines took place in the 1930s. Despite the dominance of the dialog-centered radio play, radio is a place where this interaction of the arts is explored anew over and over. The exhibition project Sounds. Radio-Art-New Music made it possible to experience radio as an artistic medium. Five radio works that emerged in the framework of the German-Czech radio art project rádio d-cz in 2009 formed the core of the exhibition and are included in the publication as audio CDs. Writers, artists, audio play dramaturges, noise collectors, and musicians engaged with the German-Czech lifeworld for rádio d-cz. In the archive part of the book, they are complemented with descriptions of historical and contemporary reference pieces. An interview recalls the history of the experimental studio in Bratislava in the 1960s to the 1980s, until the boom of “postcommunist sounds” in the 1990s. Select writers complement the tracks with discussions on the history and present of the medium radio in relationship to fine art and new music, interspersed with the original artistic score of Rolf Julius.

With a preface by Marius Babias and Katrin Klingan, an introduction by Gaby Hartl and Frank Kaspar, and texts by Everett Frost, Michael Glasmeier, Petra Maria Meyer, a historical archive and radio plays on CD.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.