Now in its fifth year, the CTM 2018 Radio Lab is dedicated to exploration and experimentation in hybrid combinations of radio and live performance. It is a project between Deutschlandfunk Kultur Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, and the British music magazine The Wire.
In her radio piece "Mycelium," the sound artist Antje Greie-Ripatti aka AGF sonifies the vital functions of fungi and contrasts them with voices of activists from all over the world. For Greie-Ripatti, the fungi act as a metaphor for political activism in the age of the internet: small cells interlace in the subsurface to effect a greater structure. The multi-lingual sound network depicted in this piece transports a quiet but sustainable idea of utopia that insists, "together we are strong." The piece was commissioned in 2017 by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcast on documenta 14's radio programme via Savvy Contemporary.
In this talk, Greie-Ripatti will discuss her radio piece with Marcus Gammel, Head of Radio Art at Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Marcus Gammel is from Bremen, Germany. He studied musicology, German literature and philosophy at Humboldt University, Université Paris IV and New York University. He has worked as a music journalist, dramaturge, and radio curator for institutions such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Reclam Verlag, and Deutschlandfunk.
Antye Greie-Ripatti, i.e. AGF or poemproducer, has produced a formidable amount of output stretching across exhibitions, soundtracks, mixes, performances, and releases. Born in East Germany, she has been living and working in Hailuoto, Finland since 2008.