Speaker: Helmut Bohatsch
Sound engineer: Martin Leitner
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On the occasion of the final conference "Media - Space - Society" of the EU project "radio.territories", organised by orange 94.0, Kunstradio has invited the free radio group LIGNA based in Hamburg/Germany to develop a new radiophonic work dealing with the question of the future of radio art.
"Nacht. Stimme. Zerstreuung" (Night. Voice. Dispersion) is the monologue of a radio announcer, Helmut Bohatsch; it's a lonesome situation, and Bohatsch, after introducing himself, starts reflecting on the very different situations of sender and receiver. It's late on a Sunday night and the announcer is alone at the studio, speaking to the listeners, thus breaking the nocturnal silence surrounding him. But how many people will still be tuned in? How will they be listening? Bohatsch naturally has no idea of how his voice, and what he is saying, is received on the other end. He has no control over this, and this gives him an uncanny feeling.
The listeners, on the other hand, and their switched-on radios scattered throughout Austria form a constellation that LIGNA compares with that of the nocturnal sky: Each radio radiates Bohatsch's speech like a little star that sparkles in the darkness of night.
LIGNA consequently posed the question: How can the future of radio art be interpreted by means of these discrete glowing points, of this constellation formed by switched-on radios? Could they all go out at the same time? Would the speaker then finally be on his own?
"radio.territories" was initiated and is organised by ORANGE 94.0, Vienna.
Partner organisations: bootlab, Berlin [DE]; Inter Space, Sofia [BG], Itchy Bit, Bratislava [SK]; Ö1 Kunstradio, Vienna [AT]; Resonance104.4FM, London [UK]; Tilos Radio, Budapest [HU].