Life as we know it has been put on hold, we have to make another. The old, the new and the futur are in a strange tension and fracmented discourse.
I have found myself discovering sound breakcrumps of my past and songs on my computer music library unlistend for a long time, since I experince most of my music on platforms in the world wide web. I started making a radio show exploring the sounds of my past. It is called Wasteland in Isolation and is edited whilst being recorded this means the structure is created through doing and finding a kind of attement to keep a live element. Performance is a crucial part of my arts practise and the live moment is a key part of my work which is difficult in a time of distance.
My aim is to make a weekly radio show, so far there are two!
Here is a link to my Mixedcloud profile where you can listen and share the shows:
The show has appeart on the Deepbed online radio platfrom.
The Knitting Orchestra has an artical in the Simply Knitting Magazine Issue 195, and our little film on the Orchestra made by the talented Robyn Pete’ is showing as part of the Good On Paper Party in Stroud.
A collaberation of minds and spaces in the theme of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, curated with Katharina Child Atelier Stroud, Jo Leahy the SVA and Uta Baldauf supported by Charles Landry. We have created a program to mark the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which looks at different thematics through the medium of film, talks, walks, art and performance. All Happening now in October to December 2019, in Stroud and Cheltenham. Bristol coming soon.
Berlin Zeitgeist Program: Berlin Zeitgeist in Stroud
We are still open for submission for our mail art exhibition Exhibition. For more information and how to send your work to us: https://www.sva.org.uk/events/2019/11/1/falling-walls-mail-art
I was born in East Germany 45 minutes drive from Berlin. I was 7 when the Wall came down. My mother was 8 when the wall was built. My grandmother was 19 when the second World War started. I left Germany when I was 17. I turned 34, 3 days after the Brexit vote. We all carry pieces of history.
The Berlin Zeitgeist idea started last autumn. One day whilst driving home I listened to a radio program about the fall of the Berlin wall and Radio 100 and how a radio show had a deep effect on people’s lives before the Fall. A few weeks later I listened to a program about Poland and how hostile it has become for some artists. I have been feeling paralist by the recent political landscape in the UK. I reflected on my families past in the context of a huge political transition. This inspired me to use my freedom of expression to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as an indirect response to Brexit and to start a conversation about the effects of politics have on every onces life.
Every historical event is a part of another with plural realities. Nothing is black and white. My experience of the fall was that everything changed and yet it was like it was happening to me instead of with me. Since starting this project people have told me their memories and relationships to the Wall. Berliner Zeitgeist project is growing and is taking many exciting path. And instead of feeling paraliced I am able to share an ongoing conversation about shared historical experience.
This is going to be an ongoing investigation and building of relatioships with places in Berlin and beyond.
‘Falling with Uta’ took place at Atelier Stroud as part of the Berlin Zeitgeist in October 2019.
Uta responded to the theme FALLING with a poetic performance art piece and hosted the evening. Uta invited writer and poet Maria Stadnicka, performer Brenda Waite and musician Mike Adcock to respond to the theme of falling in they own creative practice.
The evening was a electic mix of artistic responses.
Brenda was joined by dancer and artist Alex Howard and Sally E. Dean.
Mike Adcock composed a piece called ‘Falling for Marlene’ and was accompanied by the Lola Lola Quartet.
Black & White Photos by © John Stadnicki
The Knitting Orchestra is a live performance art piece.
The Knitting Orchestra a conceptial love letter to knitting.
Here is a lovely documentary of the Knitting Orchestra made by Robyn Pete.
May 2018 Atelier Stroud
May 2018 Museum in the Park Stroud
Sep 2019 Stroud Brewery part of Water and Wool Festival
Synthetic Wool Heads
A music collaberation with Sean Roe and Uta Baldauf will be playing at Vinestook 2019 on Sunday 28 July in Cheltenham.
We also be playing at Stroud Fringe 2019 August Bank Holiday.
Looks out for more updates.
Saturday 11th May 8pm
Uta’s Wasteland productions presents a playful evening of beginnings. Collaberations and solo pieces by a wonderful mix of humans. Starring : SEAN ROE, BRENDA WAITE, BILL JONES, JONNY FLUFFY PUNK, UTA BALDAUF and STROUDS SECRET FUNK BAND.
Flash interviews, sound samples will be collected through out, to bring the evening to the sound waves for a ongoing future data pollution.
I am pleased so say this will be happening at ATELIER , Lower Street, Stroud, GL5 2HT
Look out for more updates….or just trust in the unkown of Uta’s Wasteland Productions.
Please come and support women in support of women. All humans are welcome.
Uta is writing a special poetry performance, working title is: sound/voice.
Sunday 31st Mrach 2019 Little Vic, Stroud 7pm
Stroud poets reading Ferlinghetti Sunday 24th March at 7pm at Atelier, Lower Street, Stroud.
Uta will be reading from A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.