Prof. Nathalie Singer – Art and Design

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Published: 07 March 2024

Third and final workshop in the »Listening to the World - 100 Years of Radio« research project starts in Johannesburg

After two successful workshops in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Sagada (Philippines), the third Bauhaus.Listening.Workshop will now take place in Johannesburg from 17 to 22 March 2024. It will bring together sound practitioners and theorists from Southern Africa to exchange ideas about listening cultures and radio history in the region.

Radio listening in Southern Africa is strongly interwoven with indigenous listening. The history of radio in this region is influenced by guerrilla radio, including during the independence struggles, and older techniques of telecommunication through music. The workshop, curated by Masimba Hwati, will be led by Nathalie Singer, Professor of Experimental Radio, with the support of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and Frederike Moormann.

»In most of Southern Africa listening is shared with others id est. ancestral others, present others, others not yet born. Listening also means that all matter is/ has/ can be an ear (receiver) or mouth (transmitter). Even the tongue can be an ear, an apparatus of reception and listening, but also with an ability to sound and vibrate. How can these cultural ways of listening be applied and preserved today and what is the place of radio in all this?«, Masimba Hwati asks in his curatorial statement.

Among the guests are researchers such as radio the renowned broadcasting expert Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi, whose book »Guerilla Radios in Southern Africa« makes an important contribution to the debate on radio in Southern Africa. Curators such as Aino Moongo, who curated the exhibition »Stolen Moments«, which retells the history of Namibian music, and musicians like Fernando Damon, radio producers like Cynthia Marangwanda and radio founders like Ntone Edjabe (Panafrican Space Station) will also take part in the workshop. Transcultural exchange on diverse practices of listening and oral traditions play a role in contributions on the musical instrument Mbira by Reginald Tinavapi or on the ritual Malopo dances by Duduzile Mazuku, but also in archive sessions such as Nickita Maesala's in the »Museum of Things we Forgot to Remember« and an activation of archive materials in joint jam sessions. 

The project aims to create a space that enables participants from different contexts to share their experiences, challenges and tools for collaborative organisation. The focus is therefore on the question of the responsibility of the cultural technique of listening for future forms of society and the development of new models for our acoustic media of the future.

The workshop and research results will be collected on a new knowledge platform, the »Transcultural Listening Map«, and will in turn provide the source material for a podcast series on Deutschlandfunk Kultur and for productions by the participating countries. To mark the 100th anniversary of radio in October 2024, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin is planning an event in which artistic and discursive positions relating to the project will be presented.

»Listening to the World - 100 Years of Radio« is a project by the Goethe-Institut, the Professorship of Experimental Radio at the Faculty of Art and Design at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

It is funded by the Goethe-Institut and the »New European Bauhaus« project of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The development of the »Transcultural Listening Map« is supported by the Kreativfonds of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Bauhaus.Listening.Workshop #3
17 – 22 March 2024

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Aerosol-Tinofireyi Zhou (Zimbabwe)
Aino Moongo (Germany / Namibia)
Cynthia Marangwanda (Zimbabwe)
Fernando Damon (South Africa)
Kim Karabo Makin (Botswana)
Mazuku Duduzile (South Africa)
Naledi Chai (South Africa)
Nesindano Namises (Namibia)
Nickita Maesela (South Africa)
Reginald Tinavapi (Zimbabwe)
Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi University of the Witwatersrand, (South Africa)
Siviwe James (South Africa)
Tendayi Chakanyuka (Zimbabwe)
Ntone Edjabe Panafrican Space Station / Chimurenga, (South Africa) (online)
Aaron Peters The Other Radio, (South Africa) (online)

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