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Returning for a fourth edition to CTM Festival, the Radio Lab is dedicated to exploration and experimentation with the hybrid possibilities of combining the medium of radio with live performance.
Mexican artist Julian Bonequi’s winning proposal, "The Death of the Anthropocene," imagines a series of one-on-one encounters between ordinary people and mysterious visitors – mutants, composite human-robot-animals, aliens… – painting humorous yet grim pictures of the future of humanity.
In "Happy New Fear," the second selected CTM Radio Lab work, Rima Najdi aims to explore an environment of anxiety and control via a narrative built around Madame Bomba, a character first created in 2014 when Najdi wore a fake cartoon TNT bomb around her chest while roaming the streets of her hometown Beirut. For this project she will collaborate with musician Kathy Alberici (of Drum Eyes fame) and visual artist Ana Nieves Moya. Light designer Theresa Baumgartner and technical director Federico Nitti will support the project.
This year’s two selected works premiere at CTM 2017, and will subsequently be broadcast via Deutschlandradio Kultur in March 2017. Later in Autumn 2017, these works will be presented by the ORF (Austrian National Broadcasting Corporation) via one of their platforms.
The CTM Radio Lab is co-commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, the SoCCoS – The Sound of Culture, The Culture of Sound initiative, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, and Ö1 Kunstradio.
Happy New Fear was developed, in part, at the 2016 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in MENA with additional Post-Lab Support funds made possible from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Rima Najdi is a Lebanese-born, Berlin-based performance artist working across performance, video and installation. Her work occupies and (re)negotiates in-between spaces: between the self and other, reality and fiction, physicality and emotion.
Julian Bonequi is a hybrid artist specializing in electroacoustic music and 3D production. As a musician he has performed with the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, William Parker, Tarek Atoui and Vagina Dentata Organ and with musicians such as Ute Wassermann, Paal Nilssen-Love, Decibel, Gebrüder Teichmann, Gudrun Gut and Joachim Irmler.
Kathy Alberici is an experimental musician whose work inhabits the charged space between noise, soundscapes and drone. Originating from Brighton, UK, she cut her teeth in the psychedelic kraut-doom outfit Drum Eyes before relocating to Berlin, where she is an active member of the Small But Hard collective.
Ana Nieves Moya is a Berlin-based Spanish visual artist whose bold, psychedelic works play fast and loose with fluorescent colour and light, kaleidoscopic patterns, pixelation and found VHS footage and digital animation.