For the Mittlungsradio project—an artistic and collaborative format—artist Anton Kats explores and presents the voices and stories of residents at two facilities for senior citizens through workshops, radio interventions, and an installation. Using narrowcast radio, which has a limited transmission range, residents are invited to work with the medium to develop their own mobile, open, and sustainable radio station and thus become a part of the 10th Berlin Biennale program. The Mittlungsradio transmissions reflect on and address themes of the 10th Berlin Biennale such as visibility and alternative knowledge transfer through the eyes of the elderly.
Developed and presented inside and outside of the elderly resource centers, the mobile radio sound system invited the visitors of the Biennale to engage with two radio interventions in the courtyard of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. While the first radio intervention took the form of an open radio studio in the courtyard on June 8, 2018, the second intervention on August 28, 2018 takes the shape of a sonic sculpture and an ambiguous listening space that transmit the outcomes of a six-month-long project developed by Kats and participants.
The project is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Stadt Berlin, Bezirkskulturfonds Mitte, Kultur Mitte, and the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and developed in collaboration with the Fürsorge im Alter Seniorenresidenz Haus Pankow and Seniorenwohnanlage Ulmeneck with support of Ulme 35: Interkulturanstalten Westend e.V.
Listen to the recordings of Mittlungsradio below:
Photos by Victoria Tomaschko.