Ecologies of Listening #4

Interview with Andrea Fernández & Inka Gressel

ColaBoraDio / Freie Radios Berlin Brandenburg

88,4 Berlin & 90,7 Potsdam

Ecologies of Listening finishes on 8 December with a radio show from ColaBoraDio radio studio. The curator Andrea Fernández and the head of the ifa Gallery Berlin Inka Gressel speak about the process of creating the exhibition The Listening and the Winds. Narratives and Inscriptions of the Gran Chaco, which emphasises listening as an urgent and necessary approach for a decolonial exhibition practice. The radio collective featured in the exhibition "Radio Comunitaria La Voz Indigena" from Tartagal, Argentina, have put together a playlist especially for this programme. Finally, archive material from the three Listening Sessions invites the audience to continue listening.


Ecologies of Listening explores listening as a practice of actively and consciously relating to our environment. How can an embodied practice of listening enhance the ways in which we connect – to ourselves, to the environment and to other forms of life and nature? Through which channels does nature ‚transmit’? And what role does listening play when composing? Through experimentation, listening exercises and sound walks from radio art, composition and somatic practice, the three listening sessions invited an investigation into active listening.

Curated by Annika Niemann & Rosanna Lovell

Ecologies of Listening #4 Radio Show

Radio Comunitaria La Voz Indigena - Colaboradio Sendung

The community radio La Voz Indígena is an indigenous radio station located in the north of Argentina and run by women. It is the result of a long and complex communal and intercultural process. Throughout it, speakers from different Pueblos Originarios in the north of the province of Salta, along the border with Paraguay and Bolivia, have joined together. The radio has been on the air since the beginning of 2000, giving space to their voices and languages, reporting on their problems and singing their songs. They present themselves in the first person to tell their story of struggles and mobilization of their rights themselves. 

The voices heard in this selection envision sounds from the Monte, the forest land of the Gran Chaco -their living space- to learn about their cosmovisions, songs and narratives. They also convey the collective pains, the laments of their ancestors murdered by the so-called Conquista and the longing for the lost and usurped forest land. 

Each message manifests the sufferings as well as the resistance and hope of a union of communities that have found in the spoken word their form of expression to make their existence public, to resist the injustices and to reinvent themselves as collective subjects. 

The consequences of the so-called Conquista are present in their bodies and histories, and this historical and ongoing relationship of the various communities of the Gran Chaco - of living in the face of the killings and of the present - inscribes itself in a process of collective reflection and action, embodied in these acoustic pieces. 

These messages we share are living memories of persons and communities that, through radio communication, confront the capitalist, patriarchal, colonial, heteronormative attacks and come back to life - in voices and songs in which persons, natural beings and spirits unite.