Fatherland – An acoustic investigation on attempts to rescue the Abendland on a regular basis

postkarte2fOn Saturday morning we featured a new work, presented live in the studio by the producers Christian Ahlborn and Frauke Berg. Christian explains more about the ideas that informed the piece:Germans are not very experienced  in public controversy  and normally do everything to avoid it. Especially if it might spoil our self-image as a democratic “model student” .  So we avoided a common dispute on migration, integration, our self-conception as nation in a unified Europe, gender mainstreaming and many other potentially contrivers topics in the last decades.

Now this dislocations brake open in rallies and manifestations which appears to be a divide in the recent german history.   They call them self PEGIDA “Patriotic europeans against the islamic influence on the occident” (which held the biggest rally in the german post-reunification era).  They are a extremely heterogeneous fusion  from frustrated middle class citizen, over fundamental religious movements,  right wing splinter parties to hardcore neo-nazis.

Using field-recordings from the Düsseldorf PEGIDA and DÜGIDA events , a hint of soundclips from Godard’s “Weekend”, and a live sampling of  music and sound fragments from Frauke Berg, “Fatherland” is an attempt  of an acoustic approach on the strange clash of  antipodal  world views in the streets of Düsseldorf.

Frauke BergFrauke Berg:  live sampling & musical parts

Christian Ahlborn: field recordings, concept, editing

Thomas Frank: concept, editing

Matti Rouse: Voice-over

Thomas Frank / Bochum

Radio Journalist (focused on arts & culture coverage) for the WDR & Deutschlandfunk

Christian Ahlborn  / Düsseldorf:

Radio Journalist ( media, culture & society topics, also working in the field of mayor radio features) graphic-designer, photojournalist,  co-designed a participative art installation for the memorial site of the former sinagogue Marburg

Frauke Berg / Düsseldorf:

In her artistic works Frauke Berg interweaves animations and drawings with her voice and electronic sounds.  She published a vinyl record “Ten little Bugs” on the Düsseldorf independent label “Slowboy Records”. Together with the composer and musician Anja Lautermann she founded the sound-performance project “Studium Stadt” using field recordings mixed with voice, analogue sounds an animations.