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Arcadian Radio

Two Englishmen sent to Ebersberg

Ebersberg - Now it is also getting loud in Ebersberg. In addition to the many actions and installations of the art festival, there is now an Arcadian radio program, which sounds daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from a pressure chamber loudspeaker between Klosterbauhof and Altstadtpassage (and on top of that it can be heard on the net). The program is broadcast live from Cornwall by Derek Tyman and Andy Webster, and will continue until Sunday, July 18.

Actually, the two Englishmen wanted to come to Arcadia in person and set up a boat on the fairground as a playground space for performances, talks, workshops and for transmission of audio recordings. But due to the pandemic, this was unfortunately not possible, so Webster and Tyman set up the installation in their home - a kind of archaic ark - and ran a radio program from there for the festival.

The work is based on the story of the environmentalist Vanda Chan, who got into distress with her houseboat, named 'Arcadia' in the 80s, and was stranded on a desert island for months. An old tape recorder with recorded radio broadcasts helped her pass the time. This is now the leitmotif of Tyman and Webster. They asked other artists, curators, and composers to contribute to the Arcadian radio program, and about 40 took part, bringing together about 50 hours of material - A mixture of songs, texts, sound experiments and much more.

On the homepage the contributions and streams are archived, all participants are presented with their playlist and short info.  Festival director Peter Kees is especially pleased about the networking: Some of the Arcadian artists have also contributed something to this audio program. Kees is also pleased that the project could be saved despite the Corona restrictions; "I think we have found a very nice solution: Cornwall as an outpost of Arcadia.”

Every day new horizons - also in the Altpassage

Ebersberg - Actually the plan was, that the artists Derek Tyman and Andy Webster were this week here to install in the Arcadia festival a large installation on the public space of the Ebersberg Volkfastplac. The English artists duo wanted to reconstruct the self-built houseboat of the environmentalist Vanda Chan, the ‘Arkadia’, with which the Aktivisit, in1985 became stranded on an uninhabited island and had to wait there eight months for her rescue.

But the two Englishmen could not enter Germany because of the Corona restrictions and therefore cannot realize their project. At least not as planned. They did rebuild the ship, not in Ebersberg, but in Cornwall. And there happens now what should have happened live at the Arcadia Festival in Ebersberg: Chan spent her loneliness listening to radio broadcasts, cassettes that she happened to have on board. Tyman and Webster used the Arkadia recordings as a guide for their project. They invited artists, musicians, composers and curators to respond to Chan's story and the reconstructed boat and to produce their own recorded audio journeys. These audio journeys were to be played by the installation. Now it was necessary to think about how to realize the project, and despite travel restrictions and they invented the Arcadia Radio. The two received about 40 submissions, and nearly 50 hours of material, which they will broadcast on air until the end of the festival. Daily between 11 am and 4 pm.

They broadcast their radio programs live from Cornwall. On the one hand, this can be heard on the Internet - at - where the recordings are also archived, and on the other hand via a former loudspeaker from the Berlin television tower in the Alte Brebberei on the Altstat passage. The festival has a branch in Cornwall and its own radio station!

You can listen to a variety of experimental as well as elaborated contributions. Music, text, English, German. Among the participants are also artists from the Arcadia Festival. You can listen to recordings of the Voyager Quartet or sounds of the longboard harp, an instrument developed by Florian Tuerke. Also Martin Liebmann from The Association for the Delay of Time contributed something.  More information at: