WGXC Afternoon Show: Anna Schimkat's "Timeless Movement in Socks" (Audio)

Apr 20, 2024

The first 90 minutes of today's Afternoon Show features Anna Schimkat's Timeless Movement in Socks (Macht euch auf die Socken), which delves into the experiences of Saxon immigrants in the early 20th century in the USA. In collaboration with fiddle player Anna Roberts-Gevalt (US) and violinist Izabela Kałduńska (PL/D), the project merges electroacoustic music and artistic-historical research. The three-hour performance (at FourOneOne, Space for Performance, New York, and Seanaps Festival @ Techne Sphere, Leipzig) activated self-developed thread instruments and sculptures in the installation with field recordings, object sounds, shortwave radio, and live violin interpretations of immigration songs.

Presented here, the radio piece expands the experimental sound track of the installation with extensive research and interview material. Thus, from the intertwining of history, a linear listening experience is created. The historical thread connecting the Erzgebirge with the world is made available to a wider audience. The radio piece is produced in English and German.

The focus is on migration processes, cultural preservation, and transformation. Before World War II, the Erzgebirge region in Saxony was a center for global sock production, and Saxon craftsmen migrated to the USA in the 1920s. Chapters such as "Machine/Work/Repetition" and "Assimilation/ Frozen Culture/Loss" explore the facets of the stories and unfold with endurance. The interplay of traditional music and experimental object sounds, coupled with the personal memories of people from the Erzgebirge, Germany, and Pennsylvania, USA, enhances the emotional impact.

The artistic research for "Macht euch auf die Socken / Timeless Movement in Socks" was supported by a research residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Project (ISCP) in New York City, funded by the Kunstfonds Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. The composition of the radio piece was made possible by funding from the Music Fund and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.

Credits: Voice: Anna Clementi Violin / Objects: Izabela Kałduńska Fiddle: Anna Roberts-Gevalt Autoharp and Voice: Keith Brintzenhoff Composition / Text / Objects / Electronics / Voice: Anna Schimkat Proofreading: Marcel Raabe Translation: Janice Spry Recording: André Rauch Waxmood Studio, Leipzig Special thanks to: Rita Puls and Edith Bitterlich - Vereinigung Erzgebirge Warminster (Warminster Township, Pennsylvania), Uwe Lindner - Heimatkundlicher Verein Thalheim (Thalheim, Saxony), Thomas Lindner, Strumpfwerk Lindner GmbH (Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Saxony), Erstes Deutsches Strumpfmuseum Gelenau (Saxony), Patrick Donmoyer (Kutztown, Pennsylvania), Mark McGuigan, German Society Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Dr. Judith Matzke (Dresden), Consul General David Gill, Mariella de Carvalho, Consul for Culture and Education, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany (New York City, USA), Katelynn Dun (New York, USA), Jonas Petry, Amelie Neumann (Seanaps Festival), Anica Kehr (Techne Sphere Leipzig), Karl, Fritz, and Ella.

Tune in “WGXC Afternoon Show” for local news; interviews with community leaders and personalities; reports on cultural issues; a rundown of public meetings, local, and regional events; with weather updates and more about and for the community, made mostly through volunteers in the community through WGXC. The show begins each day with local headlines, weather, and previews of community events.

The "WGXC Afternoon Show" is considered partially station-run with Saturday’s emphasis being on radio art and art on the radio and Sunday’s show is called "Li Le, Li Tan," which focuses on promoting Haitian language, music, arts, and culture.

Segments featured on the show include "Better Weather” on weekdays produced by the Catskill Makers Syndicate, "Las Brujas Bilingues" produced by Arielle and Gloria, "Food Segment" by Tepper B.T., "The Ag Report" by Brendan Donegan, and "Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley” hosted by Jean Thomas and Tim Kennelty, and produced by the Master Gardeners of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene and Columbia counties with science-based information about gardening and all things nature in New York's Hudson Valley. Also featured are the segments "Specific Objects: Talks on Art in the Catskills" hosted by Miriam Atkin, "Cool Katts: Some cat-tastic and meow-mazing music" by DJs Electro Kitty and Meow Meow Kitty, "The Conduction Series," and the quarterly "Shaker Show" produced by Shaker Museum.

Tune in for previews of upcoming interesting events in the Hudson Valley with "The Month Ahead with Chosen Family Zine" from Mike Amari, an event organizer for Opus 40, Basilica, and others; and Liam Singer; the owner of The Avalon Lounge in Catskill, NY and a member of Wave Farm's Board of Directors. And for previews of agriculture-related events, tune in "The Month Ahead at Cornell Cooperative Extension with Deven Connolly."

Also featured are movie updates from Jenny Ghetti and Amanda Lees from their show "Dim The Lights" as well as interviews by hosts of the "WGXC Morning Show," Justin Maiman from his "Ginger Radio Hour," and other WGXC shows.

Philip Grant and Tom Roe bring you the weekly "WGXC Congressional Report," with reports about the representatives and candidates of New York's 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Congressional Districts on Mondays, and Tom Roe also cuts up local and national news with songs and sounds for the show.

Some reports come from our partner station, WOOC-LP in Troy, out of The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Also tune in for national headlines from the Public News Service on WGXC. Sometimes national, state, or local press conferences, meetings, or events are also broadcast live here.

WGXC is always looking for contributors who have an interesting idea for a recurring segment on either the "WGXC Morning Show" or the "WGXC Afternoon Show." Email your idea to

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