They came holding a mic in their hand and a large portion of curiosity about the life their neighbours lead: authors, artists, radio play dramaturges, sound collectors and musicians embarked on expeditions into the realities of German-Czech life-worlds. The factual and fictional contemporary stories, the radio features, plays and sound collages tell of adventures and self-made men, dividing fences and connecting sounds. Five works for radio and ten mini-plays were created as part of “rádio d-cz”:
Radio Documentary / Authors: Werner Pöschko/Marek Janáč
(SWR/DLR/ORF 2009), 54 min
The silver limousine with the striking tail fins is the real star of this documentary as in 1947 two young Czech engineers, Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund, set out with their Tatra 87 to their first grand expedition through Africa and Latin America. The economic emissaries spread the reputation of young post-war Czechoslovakia throughout the world and their reports back home turn them into media stars. But in the aftermath of the “Prague Spring” they are subjected to a publication ban.
FAVOURITE SOUNDS OF PRAGUE
Authors: Peter Cusack, Miloš Vojtěchovský
(SWR/DLR/ČRo 2009), 47 min
An emotional and historical sound topography of Prague. By asking its inhabitants about their favourite sounds, the radio piece creates a multi-faceted portrait of the city: an acoustic snapshot, a diagram of social forces and a memorial to disappearing languages and sounds.
Radio play / Author: Steffen Irlinger
(WDR/DLR 2009), 53 min
A pilot lands with his rescue parachute amidst the fogs of Zlín, a town fallen out of time. By trying to find his way round, he hits upon the story of shoe baron Tomáš Baťa, who strove to accomplish his utopia of an ideal industrial town. In a mix of archive material, fiction and real interviews, the work reconstructs the history of the town and its founder.
OVER AND OVER
Original sound collage
Authors: Kateřina Šedá and Rolf Simmen
(DLR/WDR 2009), 53 min
After the fall of the “iron curtain”, the fences between people’s houses started to grow noticeably in former Eastern Block countries. Czech artist Kateřina Šedá has a sense for tracing the political in the everyday private field. She literally climbed those post-socialist high fences in her hometown, Brno-Líšeň, thus provoking territorial conflicts on a small-scale garden format. Together with the radio artist Rolf Simmen, she develops a work about crossing over – from property to property and from one language into another.
THROUGH COLD COUNTRIES
Radio play / Author: Jáchym Topol
(DLR Kultur 2009), 172 min
On a wild journey from Theresienstadt to Minsk via Prague, the narrator seeks to escape the traces left behind by Europe’s disastrous wars. But on the forgotten battlefields in the East the crimes of the Second World War return as the ghosts of an absurd commemorative tourism.
RADIO CIRCULARS (RADIO MINIS)
Author: Dora Kaprálová
Producer: Deutschlandradio Kultur, Český rozhlas 2009
Ten 45-seconds long radio circulars ("Wurfsendungen") cast their own (spot)light on the five “rádio d-cz” topics – both in Czech and German versions.
The radio art project “rádio d-cz” was only possible thanks to the commitment of the producing broadcasters, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Südwestrundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Österreichischer Rundfunk, in cooperation with Czech Radio.