The Radio Art Hour: Claudia Wegener (Audio)
Welcome to "The Radio Art Hour," a show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio. "The Radio Art Hour" draws from the Wave Farm Broadcast Radio Art Archive, an online resource that aims to identify, coalesce, and celebrate historical and contemporary international radio artworks made by artists around the world, created specifically for terrestrial AM/FM broadcast, whether it be via commercial, public, community, or independent transmission. Come on a journey with us as radio artists explore broadcast radio space through poetic resuscitations and playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers in this hour of radio about radio as an art form. "The Radio Art Hour" features introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and from Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows Karen Werner and Jess Speer. The Conet Project's recordings of numbers radio stations serve as interstitial sounds. Go to wavefarm.org for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.
Claudia Wegener produced the radio drama Long Walk for German Radio’s Studio for Acoustic Arts in 2009. Long Walk is a compilation made from three connected radio works: the first is called Long Walk and features a public chess tournament occurring across a fence that divided an art gallery from an inner city park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The second section is called Long Walk (abridged) and is based on recordings Claudia Wegener did in various townships around Johannesburg, asking people on the street to do translations of Nelson Mandela's biography, Long Walk to Freedom. The third part of the piece is called Radio Armed Response and is based on recordings from gated communities and interviews with people about their security systems in a suburb of Johannesburg and in Soweto, South Africa. An important part of Claudia Wegener’s work as a radio artist is a platform she founded in 2005 called radio continental drift, which is worth checking out. radio continental drift is an ongoing radio and audio archive about storytelling and listening across borders. Projects “aim to pass the skills of digital productions and the tools of their distribution into the hands of the storytellers themselves to make way for African producers to increase the online representation of arts and culture from the continent.” Some of radio continental drift’s recent work has been based at a community radio station in Zambia. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2019/2020, Karen Werner.