In the Woods There is a Bird by Olaf Nicolai at Documenta 14


Artist Olaf Nicolai has been invited by Docuementa 14 to produce a new work. locus athens is collaborating with the artist on the Athens presentation of his piece IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD which will take place on 6 April 2017 at The Greek Dance Theatre “Dora Stratou” (Scholou 8, Athina 105 58).

7-10 pm: Presentation of the composition and the artist’s book
8.30 pm: Performance IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… featuring Ilias Sdoukos (Viola)

The sound piece IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… is based on archival sound material from radio reports and uses the radio as a source (rather than a medium of transmission) to explore the relation between sound and index. Background sounds of demonstrations, riots, rallies recorded for radio are sources to generate a soundtrack composed from these various ‘ambiences’. The piece is conceptualized in order to generate further interpretations by various collaborators, in form of concrete sound objects and events. These objects and events range from broadcasting to live performances and installation-based settings.

As part of the project, an artist book will be published. It frames the sources of the soundtrack with a visual essay and presents an index with places and dates of the events. The soundtrack will be presented within the framework of Every Time A Ear di Soun, a documenta 14 radio program in collaboration with Deutschlandradio Kultur.

The first broadcast of IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… will be on April 27, 2017 at 1pm. Every Time A Ear di Soun will live stream from April 8 to September 17, 2017 daily on FM 90.4 MHz in Kassel and worldwide on the website of documenta 14. In addition, documenta 14 radio program will broadcast 4 hours daily on 15560 kHz. The webpage of the radio program will be launched on April 6 on the documenta 14 website. From April 8 on IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… will be available by on-demand streaming on this webpage. During the timeframe of documenta 14 Every Time A Ear di Soun is collaborating with nine radio stations from Greece, Colombia, Cameroon, Brazil, Lebanon, Indonesia and Germany.

IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… is available as a limited edition on vinyl, published by Public Possession (