Mobile Radio

art project by Sarah Washington & Knut Aufermann

HALLE October 2006

We decide to spend two weeks at the RadioRevolten festival hosted by Radio Corax, where we were invited to do a live radio show. The festival spans one month, including a conference, installations, lots of live events and some fantastic radio projects. We stayed with some wonderful local students – Manu, Ellie and Adi


The Ligna project Radiotelephonie involved simultaneous broadcasts in Halle marketplace in the old town and Halle Neustadt, allowing the citizens of each to communicate their lives and passions to the other using mobile phones, portable speaker systems and radio transmitters


We wanted to try an experiment which is not always technically achievable, but with the help of the engineer Daniel, we were able to play with both the Radio Corax transmitter and the one installed as a special festival frequency. We each fed back one transmitter altering the signal with effects, and sometimes made a double feedback loop between the two transmitters. The audience listened on two radios. It worked well, even though we could not hear what each other was doing until we got the recordings afterwards


Our fellow Radia collaborator Jörg Köppl presented the results of his radio miniatures workshop, and gave a stunning concert of his own quarter tone guitar music. We also played as Tonic Train in this live-to-air concert at the Ärztehaus, a former surgery in Halle


Radio Erevan! Our favourite project was run by Marold Langer-Philippsen, who did a marathon broadcasting stint three times daily, running deep into the small hours. His shows were a magical intervention in the public life of Halle, sitting as he was in a builder’s van in the centre of the marketplace. He warmly invited guests with vodka and cakes and casual passers-by found themselves included in the action whenever Marold tired of unravelling his intoxicating tales into the microphone. Surreal strains of Armenian folk music could often be heard wafting around the van at night, and the local taxi drivers added their own colour to the scene…..