Claudia Wegener had a scholarly and intellectual formation in German and British art schools; and has been involved in teaching as freelance lecturer since 1996. She developed the “I & EAR” skills training programme which is based on a methodology of listening drawn from her creative practice as a sound and media artist (a.k.a. radio continental drift). Returning from an artist residency in Johannesburg in 2006, she focused her entire practice on acoustic productions & audio media projects, including skills training through participatory audio radio project, like STREET WRITINGS for vulnerably housed people in London’s East End (2006), ambitious collective audio media projects like the NO-GO-ZONES project with black youth in South London (2007/08) and the DURBAN SINGS audio media and oral history project for former township community with activist youth organizations in Durban S.A. (2008-10). She is developing and teaching an audio media course for photographers with the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg (since 2009). Working among people in the inner city of Johannesburg during the production of the LONG WALK public chess tournament project (2005), she says, “changed her hearing”, and that she attributes her heightened attention to oral culture to the living and working among the people of Jozi in the first place. She is particularly committed to making the “I & EAR” programme, her production and training skills available to organizations, community groups or collectives of artists and activists on the African continent; and here especially to groups of women and young people. Her pioneering creative involvement in media activism follows the proposition that media can be a means of community making and development, and that communities can be the agents of media development.
For details on projects & productions see: “switchboard” blog
e-mail contact: long_walk_abridged [at] yahoo.co.uk