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CTM 2017 Radio Lab Winners

Rima Najdi and Julian Bonequi have won CTM’s annual radio competition, as chosen by a panel including The Wire's Anne Hilde-Neset

Rima Najdi and Julian Bonequi are the winners of the CTM 2017 Radio Lab Call. The competition is run by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and the SoCCoS. The open call sought out works that paired radio art with either live performance or installation, plus a focus on next year's festival theme: Fear Anger Love.

Called Happy New Fear, Rima Najdi's winning proposal continues on from her 2014 piece Madame Bomba: The TNT Project, for which the artist performed an intervention featuring herself wearing a fake cartoon TNT bomb around her chest while roaming the streets of her hometown Beirut. It uses audiovisual material sourced from Beirut to tell the story of Madame Bomba and her search to find her lover in the city – a stranger whom everyone is afraid of. It was described by panellist Anne Hilde Neset as “sounding of the politics of fear – which captured the jury’s imagination”.

Mexican artist Julian Bonequi’s winning entry is The Death Of The Anthropocene. Inspired by radio dramas and sci-fi movies, it imagines a series of fictitious encounters between humans and aliens which, according to the description on CTM's website, project less than desirable images of the future. “Julian Bonequi's Death Of The Anthropcene starts from one of the most disturbing moments in radio's history, Orson Welles’s famous radio drama War Of The Worlds, which aired live on Halloween in 1938,” comments panellist Ole Frahm. “Bonequi is less interested in the myth about this broadcast and the panic that it caused (or what the media made out of some reactions), but more in the broadcast text of Welles's adaption [of HG Wells’s original novel] Bonequi's multi-layered, humourous and strange adaption reminds us of the fact that this fantasy is not fiction anymore."

The two winning projects will be premiered at CTM 2017 Festival, and in March they will be broadcast by Deutschlandradio Kultur. As well as that, the works will also be aired by Österreichischer Rundfunk.

The jury consisted of Anne Hilde Neset (Director, NyMusikk), Jan Rohlf (Artistic & Managing Director, CTM Festival), Marcus Gammel (curator, Deutschlandradio Kultur Hörspiel/Klangkunst), Ole Frahm (independent artist, Ligna), and Susanna Niedermayr (co-producer, ORF Zeit-Ton and co-curator ORF musikprotokoll).

CTM 2017 Festival takes place in Berlin from 27 January–5 February 2017