Experience radio art in the audio obstacle course: »Radiophonic Spaces« to open in Basel on 23 October and in Berlin on 1 November

The »Radiophonic Spaces« exhibition leads visitors on a sonic journey through over 200 international radio pieces from the last 100 years. What’s particularly special about this exhibition is that thanks to the latest technology, visitors actually trigger the sound installations themselves as they move through the room. »Radiophonic Spaces« thus becomes an individual and immersive exhibition in Basel, Berlin, and Weimar.

The exhibition will open at Museum Tinguely in Basel on 23 October 2018 and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on 1 November 2018. »Radiophonic Spaces« will also stop off Weimar in autumn 2019 to mark the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Equipped with headphones and specially programmed smartphones, the exhibition invites visitors to explore radio from the past 100 years: lingering, enlightening, and also intentionally bewildering due to the diversity and sheer volume of offerings. The team of researchers and artists worked closely with broadcasters and archives to compile over 200 pieces.

These have been arranged into 13 »Narratives« – compilations that connect the works to one another in terms of their content or acoustics and aesthetics. Visitors are able to embark on a visual exploration of this radio landscape at a research station: the mind map illustrates how the individual pieces link to one another.

Dates for the »Radiophonic Spaces« exhibition

Museum Tinguely, Basel | 23 October 2018 to 27 January 2019
»Radiophonic Spaces« will open at Museum Tinguely in Basel at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. The exhibition will run until 27 January 2019. In addition to the audio obstacle course, the medium of radio will also be explored during 14 themed weeks. Visitors are invited to actively explore and experiment with this fascinating medium: As part of the »Building a Radio« week, for instance, visitors will have the opportunity to solder their own radio receiver. During the »Audio Expedition« week, visitors can explore the museum’s sound worlds and create their own audio piece. And »Radio X inclusive!« will be the museum’s guest for one week and invite visitors to engage in discussions live on air. The live »RadioTinguely« broadcasts every Sunday about events at the museum and a lecture series in collaboration with the University of Basel complete the offerings.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin | 1 November to 10 December 2018
»Radiophonic Spaces« will kick off at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin at 7 pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018 with a three-day event entitled »Der Ohrenmensch«. In experimental formats, international artists and media scientists will explore the aesthetic and theoretical conditions of radiophony as well as the possibilities for political action within the radiophonic space. The walk-in radio archive will open at 11 am on opening day. Lectures, performances, and workshops will take place daily at 5 pm during the »Radiophonic Spaces« exhibition, from 1 November to 10 December 2018.

University Library at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar | 26 July to 19 September 2019
From 26 July to 19 September 2019, »Radiophonic Spaces« will be on display in the University Library at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as part of the University’s anniversary programme for the »Bauhaus100«. Here, the project will return to where it was researched and developed.


»Radiophonic Spaces« is a project of the Chair of Experimental Radio at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation with Museum Tinguely and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). It is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, State Chancellery of Thuringia, Hertie Foundation, Bauhaus100 fund of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Goethe Institute, as well as Hanna and Dieter Paulmann. It is the outcome of the interdisciplinary research project »Radiophonic Cultures – Sonic Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media Systems«.

Brochure on the »Radiophonic Spaces« exhibition

More information:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar:  https://www.uni-weimar.de/radiophonicspaces

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin:https://www.hkw.de/de/programm/projekte/2018/radiophonic_spaces/radiophonic_spaces_start.php

Museum Tinguely, Basel: https://www.tinguely.ch/de/ausstellungen/ausstellungen/2018/radiophonic-spaces.html


In case of questions, please contact Marit Haferkamp, University Communications at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, via email (marit.haferkamp@uni-weimar.de) or telephone (+49(0)3643/581185).