From Windhoek to Kamina to Nauen

Zwei Hände halten eine Papierolle, die mit einem roten Faden zusammengebunden ist
Zwei Hände halten eine Karte, die mit roten Fäden bestickt ist
Zwei Hände zeigen auf eine Karte, die mit Fäden bestickt ist
Project and Publication by Mèhèza Kalibani, Tuli Mekondjo, Dieter Daniels, Frederike Moormann, Frieda Mukufa, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja & Angelika Waniek

The publication From Windhoek to Kamina to Nauen listens to the present-day echoes of telegraphy between Nauen (Germany), Kamina (Togo), and Windhoek (Namibia). Wireless telegraphy (a precursor of today’s global internet technology) is an integral part of the history of colonial violence, wars, and genocides. Radio telegraphy was used for the first time worldwide as a mobile means of military communication during the war against the Herero and the Nama 1904–1908 which ended in genocide. Subsequently, from 1910 onwards a permanent radio connection between the German Reich and its colonies was built. These installations were used from 1914 on, but were destroyed when Namibia was occupied by the South Africa at the beginning of World War I. This workbook is the beginning of a conversation about the colonial use of telecommunications and its effects between scientists and artists from Namibia, Togo and Germany.

The workbook is published at akono. Order here...

Interventions in Leipzig's urban space and talks will take place as part of the project:

10/21/23, 3pm
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin

From Windhoek to Kamina to Nauen
Presentation and artist talk
Projectteam: Frederike Moormann, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, Angelika Waniek, Tuli Mekondjo, Dieter Daniels, Luka Mukhavele, Gundolf Nandico, Friedrich Lober, Lefteris Krysalis, Listening at Pungwe. Prasentation: Frederike Moormann

10/26/23, 8pm
IDEAL artspace Leipzig
Billboard as part of the project DIALOG with a musical activation by Gundolf Nandico and Luka Mukavhele

11/17/23, 7pm
Projectroom Windhoek/IDEAL artspace Leipzig
Performative activation by Tuli Mekondjo (live from Windhoek via stream to IDEAL artspace)

14.12.2023, 4-7 p.m.
HGB, Room 2.41
Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels, Frederike Moormann, Angelika Waniek: Black Noise / White Noise
Project presentation with acoustic and visual examples from the artistic-scientific process. The presentation is aimed at students who are interested in collaborating on the project.

The research was supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR and by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.