Addis Tape Club

Installation | Meeting place, audio archive and recording station.

Group show, JAN MEDA – Großes Feld, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012

Contributions by: AEAEAEAE, Malte Bartsch, Julius von Bismarck, Rune Bosse & Addis Ababa University Football Club, Merlin Carter, Julian Charrière, Leon Eixenberger, Leon Eixenberger, Eric Ellingsen, Tomas Espinosa, Henok Getachew, Tamrat Gezahegne, Andreas Greiner, Markus Hoffmann, Rike Horb, Clara Jo, Hans-Henning Korb, Mihret Kebede, Felix Kiessling, Fabian Knecht, Norgard Kröger, Robert Lippok, Felix Meyer, Simen Museus, Molly Nesbit, Lynn Peemoeller, Vinzenz Reinecke, Nina Schuiki, Robel Temesgen, Alkistis Thomidou, Raul Walch, Jonas Wendelin, Christina Werner, Euan Williams, Helen Zeru

For the three days festival, Robert Lippok realized the Addis Tape Club on the site of a former race-course, in the context of a grant from Olafur Eliasson’s Class/Institut für Raumexperimente. Over a period of several weeks, Lippok carried out interviews in the Ethiopian capital, recorded everyday sounds, and collected cassettes of Ethiopian music dating from the sixties to the nineties.

Among other things, posts made of eucalyptus wood were used as building material for the structure: such posts play
an important part in scaffolding, house and furniture construction in the everyday life of West Africa. The Addis Tape Club was equipped with plastic stools and wool blankets from local production, an electric cooker, tape deck, mixing desk and loudspeakers. During the exhibition the installation functioned as a meeting place, audio archive and recording station.