Parasol Elektroniczny - Rumours From The Eastern Underground

Parasol Elektroniczny - Gerüchte aus dem Ost-Untergrund

Realisation: Felix Kubin 
Production: Radio Web Macba (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona)
Dramaturgy: Felix Kubin
First Broadcast: November 17, 2010 / May 19, 2011/ April 20, 2011
Duration: 85'36"/ 62'57"/ 45'51"

PARASOL ELEKTRONICZNY presents a comprehensive but very personal map of sound art and experimental pop in Eastern Europe. This series is a playful mix of documentary and game-like commissioned works that explore the artistic, political, economic and psychological survival tactics used in the region. Each episode of the series features some recurring topics and sections: a new national anthem composed by one of the featured artists, introductions to instruments and favourite sounds, miniature audio diaries offering 'a day in the life' impressions, spoken word in the local language, descriptions of some local psychological and economic survival tactics and discussions around the 'symptoms of the East'.

1 Estonia
"We don't know if we are East or West. We want to be more like a Scandinavian country", says post-punk diva Kiwa, one of Estonia's most famous underground artists, who still survives on a bare minimum. Indeed, with its small Protestant population and outlandish language, Estonia has much in common with Finland. Still, there is a strong connection to other Eastern European countries, particularly in terms of their shared political history.

2 Slovakia and Czech Republic
According to Peter Graham, who graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, forward-thinking academic music was so zealously suppressed by the communist regime that the alternative rock scene - represented mainly by a dark visionary style of the Czech underground school of rock groups such as Plastic People of the Universe, or DG 307 - became a haven for all younger generations of musical dissidents.

3 Latvia
The situation in Latvia, with numerous small communities and very little institutional support, almost inevitably led to the coexistence of a mix of milieus, artists, disciplines and projects. As a result, many interdisciplinary collaborations have sprung up, and younger generations have been shaping them into the rebirth of a thriving experimental music and art scene.

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