Ilya Kaminsky, I See a Silence
Ukrainian/American poet Ilya Kaminsky’s work Deaf Republic was heralded as one of the most original books of 2019.

I See a Silence, his new lyric work for Artangel, combined poetry and prose to form the centrepiece of a soundscape for walking the Ness, produced by acclaimed audio designer Axel Kacoutié with the voices of Neil Brennan, Ilya Kaminsky and Zakia Sewell.

Drawn to the singular ecology of the landscape and the flora and fauna that both preceded and survived decades of weapons research, Kaminsky’s ‘poetry of place’ uncannily evoked a landscape of the imagination. The journey began at the Bomb Ballistics building, where a panoramic viewing platform looks out across the vast shingle stretching towards the sea.

Visitors were able to experience I See a Silence whilst wearing headphones and walking between the different buildings on Orford Ness.

A three-part series featuring Axel Kacoutié’s inner world on The Heart

What is the etymology of your being?

Axel Kacoutié offers a vivid personal essay reflecting on language, bilingualism and the curated gaps they have to navigate in order to access their culture and sense of self.

“Your language is a spell, an invocation speaking you into existence, rediscovering the contours of your morality, the fabric of your race and gender and how you relate to others and the world…”

Featuring the voices of the poet Raymond Antrobus and performance artist Rachel Cheung, Axel weaves together the thoughts of a number of multilingual people – including Derick Armah, Irina Niculescu, Mauricio Loseto, Olivia Melkonian, Radhika Viswanathan and Rosel Jackson Stern – into a reflection on living between languages and finding yourself in the gaps.

Illustration: Erin Tse
Animation: Luke Dye-Montefiore

Produced by Axel Kacoutié
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

Reframing The Black Image – Pioneers of The Past w/ Alayo Akinkugbe; Renata Cherlise; Theo Imani & Osei Bonsu

Made in Partnership with Vibe Called Tech for The North Face and Gucci collaboration, Pioneers of the Past is a celebration of four talents who are remapping and rethinking how the Black image is presented in fine and contemporary art. In this special programme to celebrate Stance’s 4th Birthday, we talk to four curators and visual researchers who are defining new ways of looking and seeing the Black image in visual arts.

Jazz Grant Collage of Osei Bonsu

Get to know the albums that matter. In series one we take a sonic journey into Dave’s award-winning concept album, Psychodrama. Join Dave on the therapy couch for “Psycho”, navigate the alleyways of his hometown “Streatham”, discover the secret sauce of the club favourite “Location”, and take in the epic scope of “Black”.

Hosted by Kayo Chingonyi, Decode gets deep inside an album, track by track, line by line, beat by beat – deconstructing the ingredients which make a masterpiece. A new podcast for 2021, from the hit US show, Dissect. A Reduced Listening Production for Spotify Studios UK.”

Artist Nwando Ebizie, presents a new 5-part mini-series reimagining care and healing through art, health and science. With ideas for how to care and connect, the series evolves through conversations, artistic works and healing experiences.

Join us to explore what care means for our bodies, communities, the planet and our futures. A BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Wellcome Collection collaboration. Presented by Nwando Ebizie. Music by Nkisi. Sound by Axel Kacoutié. A Reduced Listening Production, produced by Katherine Godfrey and Georgia Moodie and exec produced by Alannah Chance.

For All I Care

The Mediated Body

Distant Touch

Earthly Perspectives

Connecting for Change

Our Futures Past

In 2008, 20 year-old Brenda Birungi got into a fight in a nightclub to protect her sister. With no previous convictions, Brenda ended up serving 11 months in prison. It altered the course of her life.

In Unchained we hear from:
Paula, who called the police to her house 9 times to report domestic violence in the year before her arrest;
Amanda, who became a sex worker to support her partner’s drug use;
Krystal, who was arrested after stealing a duvet for her child;
Georgia, who was left to fend for herself at 15 while her single mum served a 3 month sentence.

All statistics in this documentary come from research by Women in Prison.

Producer: Jessie Lawson
Sound Design: Axel Kacoutié
A Prison Radio Association production for BBC Radio 4

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A version of a memory where Bram Stoker’s Dracula became medicine for one dark night.

About Night Vision: In new after-hours listening on Radio 4, the team behind the award-winning Wireless Nights present three acoustically rich journeys through three long nights of the soul. Nights that left an indelible mark on the storyteller.

(image: Courbevoie, Factories by Moonlight (ca. 1882–1883) by Georges Seurat)

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3’s innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’.

In this edition, Axel Kacoutié offers a story about a man’s journey home, which interweaves with the discovery of a lesser-known truth about hope.

Gold for the Sarah Lawrence Audio Fiction Awards.

Two new parents-to-be contemplate what it means to navigate the limitations of the identities their son will inherit.

The desire to protect and shelter is fraught with the anticipation that one day he will move in a world having to know in some way what it means to be racialised as black, gendered as a man and everything in between. Featuring the voices of Kate Williams, Dean Atta and Ansel Wong.

Produced by Axel Kacoutié with Maz Ebtehaj A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4