Sound art performance celebrating 100 years of radio, by Frederike Moormann, Angelika Waniek, Constanze Müller, and Dieter Daniels
“Hello, hello, this is Königs Wusterhausen on wave 2700.” Four radio enthusiasts set out to reconstruct the first German radio broadcast in a live program.
On December 22, 1920, the main radio station of the Deutsche Post, the official German postal authority, broadcast a Christmas concert using an arc converter. Radio was born. Probably no one in Germany listened to this first German radio program. Listening to the radio was still illegal. For technical reasons, the program wasn’t recorded either. Broadcasting “one-to-many” was an important step in media evolution, after the telephone’s “one-to-one” and before the “many-to-many” of today’s internet. Following the dynamics of the first German experimental broadcast, Dieter Daniels, Frederike Moormann, Angelika Waniek and Constanze Müller imagine points of view of those who were broadcasting and those who were listening and tell stories of community and communities in front of and inside the apparatus.
Produced by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and D21 Kunstraum
At Schaubühne Lindenfels
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