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In 1981/1982 the French composer Luc Ferrari produced the radio play “Jetzt – oder wahrscheinlich ist dies mein Alltag, in der Verwirrung der Orte und der Augenblicke” [“NOW – or Probably This Is My Everyday Life in the Confusion of Places and Moments”] with the Hessischer Rundfunk.
Like other earlier radio plays of Ferrari, “JETZT” as “radio play on the radio play” is a special case between music, radiophonic art and narrative radio play. The dialogues between Luc Ferrari and his wife Brunhild Ferrari, between German and French, between the places of origin of the used recordings as well as the different process stages of the radio play are unique and characteristic. Ferrari recorded everything live on tape – his arrival at the airport of Frankfurt, the setting up of the microphone, the conversations about how to proceed and about the content of the radio play – and interwove everything with recordings of the musical quartet Vivant Quartet de Narbonne. The autobiographical traces are artistically, playfully and cleverly interspersed with profound philosophical questions.
In the series ZKM milestones, Ferrari’s radio play “JETZT” is presented unabridged on CD for the first time. The accompanying CD of materials includes audio documents that shed light on his artistic work in very different ways: The excerpts from a lecture by Luc Ferrari on his view of the radio play constitute a presentation resembling a radio play. “Ferrari (r)écouté”, a competition organized by the ZKM in cooperation with hr2-kultur, presents new works based on the “JETZT” materials by Tiziana Bertoncini, Antje Vowinckel, Frank Niehusmann, David Fenech, and Neele Hülcker.