In times of contact restrictions the radio is all the more an instrument to bridge the isolation.
What role does listening play in times of crisis? In his project Listening’s Urgency the composer and sound artist Hardi Kurda explores this question, searching for the in-between sounds of the medium and the gaps in the social order: Do we overstep the borders of legality by listening? What does illegality mean? Can illegality make noise? Is noise illegal?
For the second performance in the course of the project, Kurda asked musicians, artists and writers from different parts of the world to answer those questions. Their voices and narrations were the basis for a one hour live radio performance with a six-member radio ensemble which came together on Radio Corax on April 26 2020. For Radia, Kurda made an edited version of the live radio performance.
Listening's Urgency, a live radio performance by Hardi Kurda
With: Andre Damiao, live from São Paulo; Maximilian Glass, live from Leipzig; Kamil Korolczuk, live from Berlin; Hardi Kurda, live from London; Soheil Soheili, live from Teheran; Ralf Wendt, live from Halle; and with the voices of: I-ID from Teheran, Kani Kamil from London, Peshraw Mohammed from Berlin, and Niga Salam from Slemani.
Hardi Kurda is currently stipendiary of the Radio Art Residency, an international fellowship program by Radio Corax and the Goethe-Institut.