Archipel Stations Zabriskie Book Shop Berlin

On 09/12 Archipel Stations Community Radio will be stationing the Zabriskie Book Shop in Berlin (Manteuffelstraße 73, 10999 Berlin) between 13:00 and 18:00 (CET). The program will be tailor made to the spirit of our host, with contributions evoking Arts & Nature. Niko de Paula Lefort's Comme à la Radio and Ela Spalding's Living Ecology Library will be presented live threading the whole program. The program will be replayed in parts after the event in our weekly slot at Cola Bora Dio (88,4 FM Berlin and 90,7 FM Potsdam) every Tuesday 11:00 (CET).

(CET) Titles
13:00 Comme à la Radio
13:30 Colombo and the Negotiation of Garbage
14:00 Hard Disk Orphan Mashup
14:15 If we are moving fast enough # 1
14:25 Comme à la Radio x Living Ecology Library
14:50 If we are moving fast enough # 2
15:00 Cavidad
15:50 Reading Hour
16:40 West Virginia My Home
17:00 Story for Food
18:00 Sundown

List of shows (in alphabetical order):

Cavidad. EN/ES/FR, 30 Min

Cavidad is an expanded experience of radio as a subtle space for performative investigation. We propose a somatic-radio space that will take care of researching different textures of the invisible and will take place in the intervals of language and the spatial and temporal folds of the body: we will look for the body of the radio to create ways of composing somatically a sound presence. A punk-infra-erotic-romantic program that doesn’t follow themes or chronology, but turning around from our scattered geographies, by infiltration or leak, a subtle, displaced and deep hydrofeminism, realised by 3 female artists sometimes together in studio, sometimes at distance, sometimes inviting artists to resonate. We investigate modalities of destination and writing between the faraway, the nearby, and the intimate. We dwell the multidimensional and temporal space that radio allows and compose from vocal warm-ups and somatic visualisations, echoes, scores, noise concerts, phone calls, love letters, interviews, comments and lectures.
credits: Cècile Brousse, Natalia Ramírez Puschel & Ángela Muñoz Martínez

Colombo and the Negotiation of Garbage. EN, 30 Min

In April 2017 a massive garbage dump outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka collapsed. More than 150 people died, all of them families whose livelihoods depended on collecting and reselling discarded trash. Both authorities and activists suspected the cause was massive amounts of polythene―the thin, ubiquitous compound used to make plastic bags. Oily from food, wet with rain, it had given way with no traction, sending tons of garbage to obliterate this unsuspecting community. Since the 1980’s, Sri Lankans had excelled at reusing materials (“if you see the coconut tree,” they said, “every piece is used.”) But with the rise of global capitalism the nation had become bombarded with plastic consumer goods. Recognizing this, city officials responded to the dump collapse with a bold vision for recycling and sorting trash in and around Colombo. New collection routes were mapped, colored garbage bins were distributed, supermarket collaborations were enacted, and so on. But a public information campaign lacked. Implementation was confusing and contradictory. Class divides between wealthy and poor were too wide. And convenience died hard. Moreover, plastic was EVERYWHERE. This ethnographic sound work explores a micro community in Colombo’s center as they negotiate this new era of trash sorting and consumer habits. (Interviews, plastic sounds, and keyboards courtesy of the Music Matters School―Colombo, Sri Lanka, January-May 2018. Additional interviews with Nanga and Sib Suraweera {old-timers} and Nilusha Fernando of Keels Supermarket.)
credits: Paul N Roth

Comme à la Radio. EN/FR, 60 Min

Comme à la radio, rien que de la musique, rien que des mots, juste un peu de bruit pour combler le silence, n'aillez pas peur ce sera tout à fait comme à la radio. Like on the radio, nothing but music, just words, just a little noise to fill the silence, do not be afraid it will be just like on the radio. The show presents music pieces that exceed the usual radio format (c. 3 minutes) with an accent on long duration pieces.
credits: Niko de Paula Lefort & various artists

Hard Disk Orphan Mashup. 15 Min

"In 2013, my main backup harddisk had a severe crash. I could just barely rescue the 2 million files contained on it, but the entire directory structure was destroyed. 10 years of digital audio productivity, not lost but totally decontextualized. Since then, I keep coming back to this file orphanage, at times unsure what to do with it, other times employing it in a performance. By now, 5 years later, I have enough command line skills to harvest the data from this open-pit data mine. The \Hard Disk Orphan Mashup\ is a stream, generated from this crashed archive. It is composed of my field recordings, single tracks from arrangements and installation pieces, cuts from night long audio coding sessions, voice mail messages, some files that do not belong to me, and a ton of Apple Loops.”.
credits: Hannes Hoelzl

If we are moving fast enough. EN/DK, 10 Min.

Ep. # 1 and # 2. If We're Moving Fast Enough imagines the formation of a wave, following a journey from where it starts out in the middle of the ocean to where it arrives at the shoreline. The piece stems from a collaborative research project between artist Isabella Martin (UK) and scientist Malene Hovgaard Vested (DK), exploring the generation and measurement of waves, out at sea and in the Hydraulic Laboratory at the Technical University of Denmark. The project navigates the ways distance and time are collapsed in this process, when a natural phenomena is recreated in another context. The piece is based on conversation and recordings at the Hydraulic Laboratory and field recordings from research trips around the Danish and English coastlines, while on land and out at sea.
credits: Isabella Martin

Living Ecology Library. EN/ES, 30 Min.

Performative readings of selected excerpts from books in my Living Ecology Library.
credits: Ela Spalding

Reading Hour . EN, 30 Min.

Reading Hour is an 30-minute long Sunday evening program in which Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness is read live. The narration is in the spirit of a bedtime story by the radio host, Geraldine, who is an avid learner (performed by Genevieve Costello). The program's goal is to share science feminist fiction narratives that craft novel imaginings of planetary-systems, such as alternative renderings of gender, living architectures, geopolitics, kinship systems, love, and power, which the narrative’s weave. Le Guin’s renderings surface acute and honest portrayals of human and social-political conditions still rife with confusion in the contemporary world and its future. By broadcasting this story, Reading Hour hopes to imprint into listeners’ hearts and minds new imaginaries of social reproduction systems not otherwise experienced in the everyday.(2004).
credits: Genevieve Costello

STORY FOR FOOD The Radio Show. EN, 60 Min.

In a western society which is dominated by a never ending stream of visual input, and in which ´storytelling´ is being used as a trend word in the world of marketing, we wish to investigate and foster the essence of stories – using the mass medium that has been the oral storytelling format par excellence: radio. “STORY FOR FOOD The Radio Show” broadcast stories from SFF’s audio archive and invite guests to share live on the air a story on the theme of the month. We wish to foster oral storytelling and help value stories in society, by promoting the practise of sharing them and the culture of listening to them. STORY FOR FOOD (SFF) is a social art project that proposes a model for an alternative economy based on stories. We record undocumented stories, stories that otherwise would be lost. We organise story installations, storytelling workshops, acoustic cinema nights and a series of events, where a selection of stories are translated into food, art objects, music and songs. We wish to foster oral storytelling and help value stories in society, by promoting the practise of sharing them and the culture of listening to them. Our vision is to build a STORY HOUSE in Berlin and create a STORY ECONOMY around the city, where people can barter their stories for food or for different services. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” - Philip Pullman
credits: various

Sundown / Ocaso. 5 Min.

To mourn the world, to quiet the mind, to relax the cells in the midst of the complex multiverse we live in, to close your eyes. This is a simple offering to come down at the end of the day. Sundown are a series of "lullabies" that were improvised and recorded while bringing my son to bed. They can be played separately on the radio at the end of the program, or continuously on a loop in an a space (indoor or outdoor), arranged for listening and relaxing.
credits: Ela Spalding

West Virginia My Home. EN, 20 Min.

I am a West Virginian, born and raised, but I currently live in the Netherlands where I'm playing double bass and singing. I love to improvise, tell stories, and collaborate. But lately I've been doing a solo project. Since moving away in 2016 as the election was heating up, I started to look for ways to connect with my home. Like many places in today's world, we in West Virginia are going through the struggle of realizing our way of life must change, and we are sometimes afraid of what the future may hold. Still, I wonder, how can we be critical about our assumptions, about the lies we tell and perpetuate about others and ourselves? I grew up in a place built on hard work and suffering. My state has a long history of coal mining, along with just as long a history of being owned and pushed and pulled by corporations and rich individuals. To the outside world, we are seen as hillbillies and rednecks who should be blamed for Trump's election to office. While I do not in any way support the election of Trump or his terrible administration, I believe that the only way to bring a community or a nation together is to move from fear and hate to love and empathy. I love West Virginia most for its nature and its strong sense of community. In search of these aspects, I decided to mix old folk music, local stories, and newly composed classical music to tell a different story to the one I was hearing in the news. This led me to spend the last two years delving into folk music from the region, talking with locals and gathering tall tales, and adding my own stories and others to the mix by working with composers to create new pieces. I hope that by sharing these narratives, others can better see my home for its negatives and positives and can better empathize with the many people around this world who feel that their traditions and lives are being pulled out from under them. I wonder if they see their own communities reflected back, as since starting this project, I've realized how many regions are having these same problems around the world.
credits: Annick Odom