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the second part of a focus on women in radio art, in the framework of
the 100th recurrence of International Women’s Day, Kunstradio
presents two new productions by two artists duos. Female artists, who
have worked with Kunstradio before, were invited to each select one
artist of a younger generation and develop a piece or a performance
The results of these first time collaborations are four radio works in total: the first two were performed live in last week’s broadcast, and the second two are on air tonight.
1. Weibliche Seiten (Female Features)
by Monika Rinck and Liesl Ujvary
„I consider disparity an appropriate word. Monika Rinck’s part depicts an ‘outside world’, advertising, to take it to an ironic extreme – the call to wear night gowns can’t be read differently. Liesl Ujvary’s part, on the other hand, signifies the “enclosed I”, attempting to communicate its discontent with its state – an entity, neither female nor male, delivering the good news of the “female side”, which might be nothing but a social construct.
How is somebody supposed to show her female features? By buying high heels, putting on make up, taking on a role for which there are no stage directions. Everything else is in the non-hands of on consumption economy… And Monika Rinck’s voice reveals the knowledge of this. It reminded me of transvestite divas and drag queens, the true masteresses of the female side, who play with attributions of society, from which the persona of Ujvar’s text suffers. But perhaps the intention was a completely different one –
2. mutter/ anti- mutter (mother / anti-mother)by heike kaltenbrunner and andrea sodomka
“I was approached by Kunstradio with the request to develop a project for Women’s Day 2011. My task was to nominate a ‘future generation’ artist, whose work I find interesting and important, either in a direct collaboration or as a ‘featured by’, ie. without my artistic participation. I chose the artist Heike Kaltenbrunner, and my decision was to get involved in an artistic and thematic collaboration with her. Heike suggest the theme of motherhood, children and ways of living of female artists. Since I don’t have children, and this was a deliberate decision, I always considered this topic, motherhood, as not relevant for me. However, of course it is relevant for artists who are not mothers: precisely in the negation.”
In conversations with other artists (Anat Stainberg, Borjana Ventzislavova, Bernadette Reiter), Sodomka and Kaltenbrunner discuss the change of working habits and self perception of artists-mothers, as well as the fear of not being able to combine being an artist and having a family. The decision to live differently than “classical” mothers used to be the consequence for many only a few years ago. Is this still true today?
toypiano/ rassel: franz reiter (9 Monate)
„Zur sozialen Lage der Künstler und Künstlerinnen in Österreich“
Private Lebenssituation: …. Ein Recht auf Familie wird aufgrund der unsicheren Beschäftigungs- und Einkommensperspektiven als „nicht lebbar“ wahrgenommen. ...
Lebensform und Elternschaft: ... Während 55% aller österreichischen Frauen im Alter zwischen 15 und 44 Jahren zumindest ein Kind lebend geboren haben, sind nur 35% der Künstlerinnen derselben Altersgruppe Mütter.
L&R Sozialforschung Lechner, Reiter und Riesenfelder Sozialforschung OEG
Zur sozialen Lage der Künstler und Künstlerinnen in Österreich – Kurzfassung der Studienergebnisse
heike kaltenbrunner/ andrea sodomka
Ö1-Schwerpunkt „ungleich besser – 100 Jahre Frauentag“
Internationaler Frauentag auf Wikipedia