Two fantastic acoustic tidbits from Austria for a poetic multilanguage radia-show.
The radioplay Fremde Dezibel is based on interviews with migrant women in Linz, the capital of the province Upper Austria and its surroundings. It deals with the interrelations between language, violence, social exclusion and sexism.
The interviews focus on the experiences of the women with the German language and on ways of approaching the language of a majority as member of a minority.
Originally the soundcollage was produced as an audio installation at a project of maiz (Festival der Regionen 2000). For the project RebellInnen! of trafo.k the audiomaterial was remixed and rearranged by Ernst Reitermaier (iftaf), Rubia Salgado (maiz) and Marty Huber (dramatic adviser of the project "RebellInnen") in 2009.
Stille Post by Alfred Grubbauer, Christine Schörkhuber (2008)
According to the principle of 'Chinese Whispers', Grubbauer and Schörkhuber initiated a game with language. A text makes three journeys through different languages and is finally translated back into German. What happened to the words throughout the journey, how is a text transformed? Each player added their own imprint to the words and consequently changed their original meaning. There is no wrong translation. The course of the text permits a closer look at the possibility of multiple interpretation- and gives us a chance to consciously examinate what it feels like to not-comprehend. The focus is directed towards the heterogenity of a regional population. Stille Post is an art project for the public domain; it makes its appearance both visually and acoustically. It is presented in the form of an image/sound object, which is on exhibition throughout different cities of the Mostviertel with a duration of 2-4 weeks each. It's all about listening, about the silent tones and everything that happens in between the lines.