Radiophonic Spaces

A sonic journey through the history of Radio Art

The “Radiophonic Spaces” exhibition brings the fleeting world of radio art into the museum space, linking two worlds with more in common than it may seem at first. Visual artists, along with writers, composers, and performing artists, have always explored the diverse possibilities the medium of radio offers. Under the auspices of the Chair of Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar, “Radiophonic Spaces” combines an artistic examination of radio art and radiophony with an academic research project. This creative collaboration unfolds in an immersive exhibit presenting some 200 treasures of international radio art. It is a juxtaposition of historic and contemporary artistic positions: from Antonin Artaud, John Cage and László Moholy-Nagy to Michaela Mélian, Milo Rau and Natascha Sadr Haghighian.
Through their movements in the physical space, visitors trigger individual pieces of radio art experienced via headphones. In the exhibition space, designed by artist, architect and musician Cevdet Erek and implemented by MESO Digital Interiors, visitors acoustically immerse themselves in this art form. The sonic pieces are arranged into thirteen layers with titles such as “Record Stories” or “Radio Silence.” Afterward, visitors can replay and research the acoustic experiences in an extensive digital audio-visual reference work dedicated to the historic development of radio art.
 “Radiophonic Spaces: A sonic journey through the history of Radio Art” opens at the Museum Tinguely, Basel, on October 23, 2018. The exhibition will be open to the public until January 27, 2019 and will be accompanied by an extensive program of live radio plays, workshops, audio walks and talks. Throughout its 14-week run, radio stations will broadcast live programs from the museum, and the department for Arts, Media and Philosophy at the University of Basel will hold an accompanying lecture series. Further information can be found at:

A week after the Basel opening, “Radiophonic Spaces” appears from November 1 to December 10, 2018 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) as a walk-in radio space, experimental archive, studio and stage for sound. To mark the opening, the three-day event "Der Ohrenmensch" will explore knowledge of radiophony in a dense repertoire of live sets, performances, discussions and a "Radiophonic Funkkolleg." After the opening weekend, “Radiophonic Spaces” will be activated by weekly programs until December 10, 2018. Further information will soon be available on the HKW website:

Finally, the exhibition will travel to Weimar, where it can be experienced from July 26 to September 19, 2019 at the Bauhaus-University Weimar library as part of the Bauhaus 100th anniversary program..
“Radiophonic Spaces” is a project of the Chair for Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar in cooperation with Museum Tinguely and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. It evolved from the interdisciplinary research project “Radiophonic Cultures – Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media System” that ran from 2015-2018 at the University of Basel and Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Artistic director
Prof. Nathalie Singer
Experimental Radio, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Cevdet Erek

Design and technical implementation
MESO Digital Interiors GmbH

Concept, development and organization
Astrid Drechsler, Anja Erdmann, Andreas Feddersen, Martin Hirsch, Elena Zieser

Tomke Braun, Stefanie Harnisch, Silvia Kämpfer, Anne Meinzenbach

Curatorial advisors
Marcus Gammel, Maxie Götze, Gaby Hartel, Künstlerkollektiv k.a.a.l, Dr. Chikashi Miyama

Head of the “Radiophonic Cultures (Sinergia/SNF)” Research Group
Prof. Dr. Ute Holl, Seminar for Media Science, University of Basel

Curatorial and research assistants
Andrea Cohen, Tatiana Eichenberger, Andreas Feddersen, Dr. Golo Föllmer, Andreas Hagelüken, Patricia Jaeggi, Jochen Meißner, Dr. Jan Philip Müller, Dr. Wolfram Wessels

Further authors
Katarina Agathos, Andreja Andrisević, Prof. Dr. Camilla Bork, Tina Klatte, Tobias Gerber, Frank Kaspar, Ingo Kottkamp, Michael Kunkel, Karsten Lichau, Hanne Lorek, Ania K Mauruschat, Katrin Moll, Miguel Molino Alarcon, Matthias Pasdzierny, Julia Tieke, Dr. Antje Tumat, Marianne Weil, Anne Zeitz, u.a.

Assistants and rights clearance
Stefanie Heim, Julia Herzog, Fabian Kühlein, Johann Mittmann, Simone Müller, Tanja Palamkote, Josephine Prkno, Robert Sonntag, Alejandro Weyler, Tim Wiezorek, Dominique Wollniok

Editing and proofreading
Viola Ahrensfeld, Jennifer Beck, Fabian Ebeling, Golo Föllmer, Steffen Greiner, Frank Kaspar, Darja Klöpfer, Jochen Meißner, Eckhard Roelcke, Severin Schenkel u.a.

“Radiophonic Spaces” is funded by
Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF), Thüringer Staatskanzlei, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung, Bauhaus 100, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Goethe-Institut, Hanna und Dieter Paulmann

“Radiophonic Spaces” presents works from the archives of
Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Mitveranstalter), Südwestrundfunk (Mitveranstalter), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Mitveranstalter), Bayrischer Rundfunk, British Broadcasting Company, CBS Canadian Broadcasting System, CBS Vancouver, DLF Deutschlandfunk, documenta 14 Radio/SAVVY Funk Berlin, EBU - Euroradio „Ars Acoustica Group“, France Culture, Hessischer Rundfunk, KPFA Berkely, USA, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, NHK, Japanischer Rundfunk, Nederlandse Programma Stitching, National Public Radio, USA, Ö1 Kunstradio/ Österreichischer Rundfunk, Radio SRF, Radiotelevisione Italia, Radio Bremen, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, Radiodiffusion Television France, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Schweizer Rundfunk, Sverige Radio, WBEZ Chicago, WFMT, Akademie der Künste Archiv, Archive der deutschsprachigen Rundfunkanstalten, Bauhaus Archiv Berlin, BBC Archives, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Doegen Archiv, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Freies Sender Kombinat Hamburg, Hindemith Foundation, INA/Groupe de Recherches Musicales, IWM Imperial War Museum London, Lautarchiv der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lilly Library, Marinetti Literary Archiv Italien, Moholy-Nagy Foundation, Neuhaus Estate, Phonogramm Archiv, TH Köln, Autorenverlag, Verlag Die Stadt, Verlag Hörspielpark, Verlag Touch, Herbert von halem Verlagsgesellschaften mbH& co KGA. IfF Institut für Feinmotorik, Radio Aporee, Studio Simple (Lol und Jeck), u.a.