The Hydrofemme in Three Acts
Artists: Elaine W.Ho & Ming Lin
Residency dates: July 26 to August 5

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WIDOW RADIO CHING is a radio operetta, variety show and audio symposium with FM broadcast and netstreams on Radio FRO (Linz) and Radio Helsinki (Graz) during artists’ residency on board Eleonore from August 2 to 5 during 00:00-01:30 nightly.

From the South China Sea to the Danube river, minor ripples become the waves by which the hydrofemme contests the neocolonial frontiers of water in defense of an oceanic commons of substance and thought. WIDOW RADIO CHING rewrites a fragmented and amorphous ode to the hydrofemme as a sonic essay in (radio) waves, transmitting her as a multi-headed heroine who traces the fissures between bottom-up social organization and top-down politico-economic power. Weaving together textual narrative, sound works, and dialogue with invited guests, WIDOW RADIO CHING will unfold in three acts (each act of 90 minute duration) following a trajectory of queer time — divested of concrete future aims and abandoning overarching, streamlined narratives of the hope and optimism that govern our contemporary political, economic and environmental ecosystems. Beginning from the critical dystopia that is our science fiction present, migration, extraterritoriality and environmental degradation shall take new course expanding upon feminine myths of liquidity, fluid identity and alter-sovereignty in labour.

WIDOW RADIO CHING features contributions by: Shu Lea Cheang, Deborah Cowen, Natalie Galpern, Annie Goh, Aurelia Guo, Elaine W. Ho, Reni Hofmüller, Ming Lin, Astrida Neimanus, Kate Rich, Pelin Tan, Matilda Tjäder & Felix Riemann, Tortuga, Eva Ursprung, et al.