Roots and Kulture
In 2012 the European Cultural Foundation commissioned the Wasteland Twinning Network (WTN) to produce a set of investigative radio essays into three European urban wastelands. Wasteland Twinning Network hijacks the concept of ‘City Twinning’ and applies it to urban Wastelands in order to generate a network for parallel research and action. The commission became Wasted Common by author, artist, musician and Research Associate at Nottingham University, David Bell and Dogged Lands by artist and researcher Alex Head. These intensely worked pieces that employ interviews from across Europe, original musical scores and compositions, set the bar for what would one day become the sub_ʇxǝʇ project. They also demonstrate the viability of sonic documentation that is sensitive to precarious environments, criminalised recreational activity and communities who do not posses stable legal status.
Part two of Dogged Lands is under-titled Frustrated Strategies of Resistance and this has been prescient of the ongoing enclosures of land, studios, living space and so-called horizontal networks in Berlin
(as elsewhere) in the past decade.
As a direct response to what was at that time an increasingly blurred sphere that began to merge private, professional and personal ambitions, the sub_ʇxǝʇ platform sought to create a new form of collaborative, specifically radio based practice.
Inspired by the organisational structure of WTN, this new platform sought to allow for researchers and practitioners to delve deeply into their subject, working within the predetermined parameters of the engagement.
In this way the sub_ʇxǝʇ collaborative process is focused and outcome oriented without, one hopes, precluding ongoing dialogue.