At 8pm on Tuesday June 24th (and repeated the following morning at 9am) Resonance FM will be broadcasting 'Wasted Common', a radio essay that retells the (future) histories of two inner-city wastelands: 'The Island' in Nottingham and 'Köpi Brache' in Berlin. A post-industrial docu-fiction consisting of interviews with people who use these spaces, fragmented narration and specially composed music by Surfacing and Zeit(t)raum; it speculatively reconsiders the rhythms, values and functions of urban wastelands. It opens them up as common spaces of possibility, considers attempts to enclose them and wonders who and what might be considered 'waste' if people are increasingly rendered surplus to capital's requirements. Neither celebratory nor condemnatory of wastelands, the result is a cubist, non-linear potrayal of their vibrancy, potential and dangers.
A follow-up essay - 'Dogged Lands' by Alex Head (exploring Köpi Brache and Het Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam) - will be broadcast later in the year, and will be performed live at Heizraum ZK/U on Friday June 27th.