radia #692 from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea & DIE ZWEITE HÄLFTE
#692 for radioart106 & #690 :Vietnam: through open windows and empty rooms by Gail Priest (diffusionFM)
An abridged version of a program, produced by Meira Asher for Radiokunst-Kunstradio ORF Vienna, in the frame of the Nebenan – Erkundungen in Europas Nachbarschaft: Israel Serie.
1. North Jordan Valley 2018 (by Meira Asher)
There is a project by the Israeli state to make life intolerable for the Palestinians remaining in the Jordan valley, the West Bank, for the purposes of de-facto annexation of this land and its resources. This introductory composition is focused on the evacuation and demolition orders issued to the Palestinian communities by the Israeli Civil Administration.
Voices: families of the North Jordan Valley, Guy Hircefeld, Meira Asher
Lexical assistance: Liam Evans
2. The Sea That You Cannot See (by Dganit Elyakim)
dedicated to Haitham Khatib
I asked my friends to describe the sea to their beloveds from the other side of the barrier, the ones who are prevented from approaching it.
The actor, director and writer Mohamad Bakri described the sea to his friend Hassan; Hanan Zaid Elkilani, a young, emerging art student, portrayed the sea to her father’s friend, Prof. Ahsan Eldick, from Nablus; Maya Felixbrodt (viola) played for the freedom fighters Ahed (16) and Nariman Tamimi from Nabi Saleh; Adaya Godlevsky (harp) dedicated her playing to the children of Palestine; and Samira Saraya painted the sea in words and sang for her family in the refugee camp in Jenin.
3. Lascia Vibrare: There’s a Family Living (by Eran Sachs)
Dedicated to Michael Zupraner
At the center of this piece there is a field recording of a family, captured from a distance. On first listen there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly special about this recording; but over the course of this reportage it becomes apparent that the act of documentation may register more than one might have initially suspected.
4. An Audio Guide to Occupation_part01_A-D (by Ma’ayan Tsadka)
an audio guide to occupation is a sonic archive, using found materials from the daily life in occupied Palestine. It makes use of minimum sound manipulations.Mostly isolating moments, categorising, and at times layering. It is intended to be an ongoing documentation
The complete program can be heard here:
DIE ZWEITE HÄLFTE
Show 690 :Vietnam: through open windows and empty rooms by Gail Priest (diffusionFM)
Is it as disrespectful to record the sound of the temple gong as it feels to photograph the scene? And in the process, is it thus disrespectful to record the Russian tour guide, and the screaming child, and the power tool, and rustle of velcro from camera bags?
The syllable ‘spect’ within respect is the same as in spectate, spectacle.
Respectus via old French and thus Latin: the action of looking back. This implication of the seen within respect, does it let listening off the hook?
Is it simply that listening requires more time, requires a sense of being truly present, and that this offers more opportunity for connection, contemplation… or am I telling myself convenient truths, to excuse my aural ghoulishness, to separate myself from the tourists?
Recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Halong Bay and Hanoi, Feb 2018.
Gail Priest a Katoomba/Sydney-based artist whose practice encompasses performance, recording, sound design for dance and theatre, installation, curation and writing. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally and has several CD releases on her own label, Metal Bitch, as well as other labels including Flaming Pines. She is also a curator of concerts and exhibitions and writes factually and fictively about sound and media arts. www.gailpriest.net