Radiophonic Spaces

Radiophonic Spaces
26.07.2019 – 19.09.2019
Bauhaus University, Weimar, Weimar
01.11.2018 – 10.12.2018
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
23.10.2018 – 27.01.2019
Museum Tinguely, Basel

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. 

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Radiophonic Spaces Brochure – Download click here

For the exhibition “Radiophonic Spaces”, a research team at Bauhaus Universität Weimar headed by Nathalie Singer curated a selection of more than 200 works highlighting the relevance and artistic potential of the radio. Based on the scenographic concept by Cevdet Erek, MESO developed an interactive environment turning this cultural treasure into a walk-in archive using transmitter stations, mobile handhelds, and a wifi-based tracking system.

A sound collage by Cevdet Erek sets the atmospheric basis of “Radiophonic Spaces”, played via directional speakers. On entering the exhibition, visitors are equipped with a handheld and headphones before they set out on an individual journey through space and history. The wealth of audio samples, drawn from the past 100 years and all parts of the world, is divided into 13 narratives covering different thematic areas.

A link by MESO for further information.

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