we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming (Listening Session #2) – live on PASS – 06 Oct 2022 from 8:30pm
[Sketch by Myriam Pruvot courtesy of archive of Yasmina Reggad]
With ‘Listening Session #2’, Yasmina Reggad extends an invitation to historian, researcher and performer Saphia Arezki (Marseille, France) to dive together into her sound archive gathered during the artist’ long-term research we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming, that investigates the liberation movements’ broadcasts aired by the Algerian National Broadcasting Company (RTA) in the 60s and 70s.
Drawing on her previous polyglot and polyphonic sonic productions that echoed Yasmina Reggad’s journey through the worlds of ideas and ideals of a time when Algiers was dubbed the ‘Mecca of Revolution’, the artist and Saphia Arezki produce and perform live a new broadcast both for the ears and the eyes of the audience of listeners. The Listening Session considers the community of listeners both the receivers and the transmitters of militant radio programmes and attempts to tackle the idea of radio as a unidirectional medium.
live on PASS
Thursday, 6 October 2022 from 8:30pm
Creation, research and direction: Yasmina Reggad • Performed by: Yasmina Reggad and Saphia Arezki • Production: Hiros • Initially commissioned by: Dominique Malaquais & Julie Peghini for Afrique : Utopies performatives (2021) • Dedicated to: Dominique Malaquais
Liberation Radio is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, live from our Cape Town studio on the 15th -18th of March from …