Walden: Unanswered Questions

Contemporary music & literature in the forest.
Open air and free entry, at Künstlerhof Frohnau.
Saturday, 21 August 2021 – 5 – 9 p.m.

For the launch of the Walden series, international musicians and sound artists will probe the forest around Künstlerhof Frohnau as a sound space and stage. The various contributions follow associative contexts and deal with the frictions between nature and culture, city and periphery, history and present. The title Walden refers to the book of the same name by the American writer Henry David Thoreau from 1854, in which he reflects on human existence from the perspective of the outside and exile in the wilderness of the forest. This is also the starting point for the Walden programme series: what aesthetic spaces of experience open up from the perspective of the outside, the periphery, the forest and the so-called wilderness?

The Pond and The Unanswered Question
by Charles Ives, a remix performed by SeeingSounds Trio:
Andre Bartetzki, live & interactive electronics
Hendrik Krüger, recorders
Ray Kaczynski, sound sculptures, percussion and electronics, production
Ray Kaczynski and the SeeingSounds Trio perform contemporary interpretations of the pieces “The Unanswered Question” and “The Pond” by the composer Charles Ives, who is considered one of the forefathers of musical modernism. With these pieces, Ives refers to the ideas of transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau.

The Professor in the Forest
Anja Tuckermann and Ray Kaczynski, reading and live music
Reading of fragments from the radio play by Anja Tuckermann, accompanied by Ray Kaczynski on drums. The piece refers to the life of the American terrorist, author and former mathematics professor Ted Kaczynski, a follower of nature-centred anarchism known as the Unabomer.

Scenes from a Dungheap
Literary/musical interventions by Dalia Neis (author and musician, FITH / Dali Muru & the Polyphonic Swarm) in collaboration with Eleni Poulou (artist & musician, Nohe Noshe, The Fall, Bomb Sniffing Dogs) and Andreas Reihse (Kreidler).
Berlin-based writer, filmmaker and sound artist Dalia Neis recently completed her Ph.D. on cinematic representations of wind and the essay form. Besides her experimental film essays, she is part of the experimental music and poetry group FITH and co-founder of Wanda-Portal, which releases albums and radio shows that combine cinematic, literary and sonic spheres.

Moderated by Antonia Alampi

With the kind support of the Berlin Reinickendorf Art Council, Department of Art and History. In the context of Draussenstadt.