DRAMA. Germany - Voyager 3 - A Journey Through Radiophonic Space
Production Company: SWR. Authors: Jochen Meißner, Frank Kaspar. Director: Frieder Butzmann. Voices: Britta Steffenhagen, Gilles Chevalier, Markus Hoffmann.
In 450 million years' time, the Voyager probes 1 and 2, launched in 1977 by NASA, will still be orbiting the interstellar medium, proclaiming that there once was a civilization that was able to construct devices that outlived their builders. The probes herald the legacy of a civilization, that had developed art forms such as music, sound art and radio plays - and used a form of subversive language called humour.
On board the space probes are two identical "golden records" that bear testimony which paradoxically was not addressed to the aliens but to humanity itself, whose self-conception is imprinted in the grooves of the records.
Forty years after the launch of the two probes, the question "What should we broadcast anyway?" posed by essayist Helmut Heißenbüttel in his famous radio play arises anew. The radio feature "Voyager 3" undertakes a journey through the cosmos of radio art taking samples of the acoustic environment of the anthropocene and makes them available to mankind as feedback.
With excerpts from audio pieces (in historical order) by: F.W. Bischoff (1928), Friedrich Wolf (1929), Wolf Vostell (1969), Alvin Lucier (1970), Helmut Heißenbüttel (1970), Carlfriedrich Claus (1996), Albrecht Kunze (2001), Ligna (2002), Edgar Lipki (2013), Schorsch Kamerun (2017), Eran Schaerf (2016), Gregor Glogowski (2019) and many more.
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