Cashmere Radio is a not-for-profit community experimental radio station which was originally based in Lichtenberg, Berlin for the first six years of its existence before recently moving to Wedding. The ambition of the station is to preserve and further radio and broadcasting practices by playing with the plasticity and malleability of the medium. We do this by both honouring and challenging its inherent qualities: it is both a physical station open to the public and an online radio; it has regular shows, yet opens itself up to extended and one-off events; it features extended generative music performances and installations at the same time as working within radio’s typical durations. In short, it is an attempt to enhance and celebrate the performative, social and informative power of radio that we believe lies within the form itself. The radio can be heard 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our website, and on Friday and Saturdays via 88,4 Berlin and 90,7 Potsdam via the 24/3 Radio Netzwerk, a collaboration between six of Berlin’s independent radio stations — Reboot.FM, BLN.FM, WEAREBORNFREE! EMPOWERMENT RADIO, Savvy Funk, Radiomobil and Cashmere.
Cashmere was a recipient of the 2020 Berlin Art Week prize for Best Project Space. We also received the prize in 2018 for our collaboration with reboot.fm on the Auditive Social Network, a meshwork of studios that use the Berlin airwaves as a participatory room for experimental and artistic broadcasts. We were recently awarded Basisförderung from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa as part of our two-year Radio as Social Sculpture program (forthcoming 2022).