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Sun 09 08
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Free admission. Registration required.

Registration for the individual time-slots is required. Advance sales will start successively from Friday, July 24th. The individual dates for the advance sale or info on registration for the individual events will be announced soon // In English.

Aral Sea Stories

Installation by Peter Cusack
Aral Sea Stories
Aral Sea Stories © Peter Cusack
The sound of climate change... In his installation "Aral Sea Stories", sound artist and field recordist Peter Cusack tells of one of the most significant man-made environmental catastrophes of the 20th century: 60 years ago the world's fourth largest lake, the Aral Sea currently covers only about 10% of its original area. During several trips to the Aral Sea in the past seven years, Cusack documented the traces that the disappearance of the lake has left in the landscape as well as its slow but hopeful restoration. He will present the collected material in early August at radialsystem as a combination of sound recordings, photographs and stories: Jackals howling at the moon, village life during a thunderstorm of rain signifying the sea's restoration, sounds of ice closely sonnected to changes in the climate, and wind rattling through the ship's graveyard.

By listening and looking closely, Cusack conveys an impressive picture of this still extraordinary place: A huge body of water in a vast open, mostly flat, landscape. There are no trees for thousands of kilometers and strong winds usually blow. The weather is extreme, +50 in summer, -25 degrees in winter. Kazakhstan has been successful in restoring a part of the Aral Sea in its territory. Rising water levels and a reborn fishing industry are bringing obvious improvements to the local ecology and economy. Living and working at Aral Sea is harsh but the retuning water has brought significant hope to the region - and it is a much needed positive example in the climate change debate and in re-thinking our relationship to the environment.

We are getting closer!

On four long summer weekends in August, we will once again open the radialsystem to the public and invite you to concerts, installations and performances by and with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Hanno Leichtmann, Peter Cusack, Sandhya Daemgen, Deva Schubert, Guerilla Architects and Alicia Agustin, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Tilman O'Donnell and Mikkel Ploug, Juan Dominguez and Wojtek Blecharz.

The different rooms of our house, the Spree Terrace and the roofed deck will be discovered in a different way than before. Over the past few weeks we have experienced how important and at the same time fragile the shared live experience is. To make sure that everyone feels comfortable and safe at our restart, we want to leave plenty of space and time for the encounters on site. Together with the participating artists* and ensembles, we have therefore developed artistic formats that invite to unusual aesthetic experiences and in which the radialsystem can simultaneously be experienced in a new way.

Peter Cusack is a field recordist, sound artist and musician with a long interest in the sound environment. In 1998 he initiated the “Favourite Sounds Project” to discover how people interact with the soundscapes of the places where they live. Starting in London it has travelled to other world cities including Beijing, Prague, Manchester, Hull and Berlin. His project ‘Sounds from Dangerous Places’ investigates the soundscapes of sites of major environmental damage such as the Caspian oil fields, the Chernobyl exclusion zone and the Aral Sea, Central Asia, and asks the question, “What can be learned about dangerous places by listening to their sounds?”

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  • Installation Peter Cusack

Programme

The Soundinstallation runs every day from 5 - 10.15 p.m. Admission for two persons at a time during fixed time-slots.

Aral Sea Stories
Aral Sea Stories © Peter Cusack
Aral Sea Stories
Aral Sea Stories © Peter Cusack
Aral Sea Stories
Aral Sea Stories © Peter Cusack
Aral Sea Stories
Aral Sea Stories © Peter Cusack

Free admission. Registration required.

Registration for the individual time-slots is required. Advance sales will start successively from Friday, July 24th. The individual dates for the advance sale or info on registration for the individual events will be announced soon // In English.

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