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April 30. 2021


I can’t hear you

Event series from April 30, 2021 — October 02, 2021 by collective Research and Waves presenting various positions from the field of arts and culture dissecting the toxified terminology of work focussing on notions and practices of performance.


We open the "i can't hear you" event series in the format of a hybrid meeting between listening, performance lectures, live interviews, play-out of pre-recorded interviews, and communication laboratory situations with Anna Zawadzka (online) and Ralf Wendt with Research and Waves members (on site). We think there is always something new to observe in very usual situations, between work conversations and other chat rooms. Behaviors are often so different, and coming equal is necessary to be together. The role of verbal and nonverbal communication plays an important part in our daily life. We observe how their patterns reflect the status, power, and dominance between people. How can we pay more attention to it? In this 8 hours working shift on site and online we will speak with each other and dive into vivid work experiences, talk about non-hierarchical communication and deconstruct the meaning of control, its muting or self-censoring, and influence on the behavior of others.

Anna Zawadzka “What would you tell your employer if you could speak freely?”
interviews playout and online interview (book your slot via email)
Ralf Wendt “Rolling Roles and Rules”
- Questioning “hierarchy-free” communication in a performative lecture and a group laboratory situation

Time table for stream:

12:00 - 13:30 Ralf Wendt “Rolling Roles and Rules” Performative Lecture
13:30 - 14:00 Music and sounds on work, working class, labour, workers rights and more
14:00 - 14:30 Anna Zawadzka “What would you tell your employer if you could speak freely?” Introduction
14:30 - 15:00 Anna Zawadzka playout: Interviews
15:00 - 16:00 Music and sounds on work, working class, labour, workers rights and more
16:00 - 17:30 Ralf Wendt “Rolling Roles and Rules” Performative Lecture
17:30 - 18:00 Anna Zawadzka playout: Interviews
18:00 - 19:30 Laboratory with Anna Zawadzka, Ralf Wendt and Research and Waves
19:30 - 20:00 Anna Zawadzka playout: Interviews

→ Streaming on Mixcloud


Gefördert durch die Stiftung Kunstfonds

Ralf Wendt works within time-based and literary arts on the deconstruction of human and animal language, questioning orders of things. Since the mid-90s he has thematised in performances, films and radio art, a poetics of the suprasegmentalia, often with the Wolf In The Winter Performance-Collective. The connection of performance art with the medium of radio led Wendt out of the galleries and festivals into free radio. As a curator of art, music or radio art festivals such as FreiWild festival (1996-2000), Art for Animals (2011), Radio Revolten (2006, 2016) and “Anybody out there?” at D21 Gallery (2020), Wendt brings together different forms of artistic expression interested in utopic/dystopic societal disturbances. He shares his experiences as an educator in several universities, art schools and media education centers. In 2020 he was awarded by the 11. Berliner Hörspielfestivals, created Radio Mischpoke as a 3 days mobile radio action from Hyderabad Literary Festival in India, authored various radio works for Werkleitz festival in Halle, RadioLab Seanaps Festival in Leipzig, Common Waves in Tbilisi and Spam in Kinshasa.

Anna Zawadzka works as a sociologist and as a gardener’s assistant. Her current sociological interests and research are shaped vastly by the experience of work in Germany and of east-European migration to “the West”. They include micro-practices of class distinctions, manifestations of nationalism in everyday life, ideologies of anti-communism, and the influence of physical labor on workers’ life, well-being and health. Currently she is working on research called “Proletariat, not precariat” – about invisibility of physical labour in contemporary societies and political discourses (including the Left). Anna Zawadzka is a co-editor of an academic journal “Studia Litteraria et Historica” and of a website






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