AN INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR RADIO ART 2017 — 2020
The Radio Art Residency was an international fellowship program for artistic practice in radio, hosted by the independent radio station CORAX in Halle (Saale) in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. From 2018 — 2020 the Radio Art Residency invited artists from non-German-speaking countries to Halle (Saale) twice a year for a three-month working stay. With its programme, the fellowship specifically aimed to encourage artists to explore the medium of radio as an instrument of communication. Opening up the radio space and air time as a field for experimentation, the Radio Art Residency invited artists to develop their own distinctive radio works.
The fellowship was aimed at artists from various fields of acoustic and time-based art, who were each asked to delve into the narrative and technical qualities of the medium. The resulting radio works not only explored the medium of radio as a platform and instrument of sonic expression, but also as a medium of intervention and interaction.
Scholarship holders of Radio Art Residency: Argentinian sound artist Sol Rezza (2018), French performance artist Claire Serres (2018), Brazilian electronic artist and composer André Damião (2019), visual and performance artist Sara Hamdy (2019) from Egypt and the Kurdish composer Hardi Kurda (2020).
Radio CORAX is a non-commercial local radio that can be received on the FM frequency 95.9 MHz in the Halle (Saale) area and via live stream 24 hours a day. As a community-based radio, CORAX operates with an emancipatory claim of social equality and individual freedom. The aim is to give all people access to radio in this sense. With about 100 regular transmissions and 300 radio makers, Radio CORAX is the largest non-profit radio in Eastern Germany. Radio CORAX has long experience in hosting conferences, festivals and workshops. The radio is an active contributor to national and international community media networks. CORAX hosted the international radio festival Radio Revolten in 2006 and 2016 and is engaged in the radio art network Radia since 2006.
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. Within the framework of its film, TV and radio division, the Goethe-Institut provides information about the German media landscape. It initiates networking, provides exchanges and facilitates projects between German and international media professionals.
Last but not least, many thanks to Marc-André Schmachtel (Head of the Film, Television and Radio Department at the Goethe-Institut) and Ralf Wendt (former Programme Coordinator Radio CORAX), who have played a key role in the creation and success of the residency programme.
Project coordination & curatorial support: Tina Klatte