Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo
In the middle of the afternoon on August 19th South America’s largest city went dark. Under a thick, black cloud at 3pm, the lights flickered on in São Paulo’s skyscrapers; on the motorways brake lights started to glow in the city’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, and many Paulistanos were worried. Social-media users posted pictures of the gloom, juxtaposing the dystopian afternoon sky with fictional apocalyptic places such as Gotham City from “Batman”.
Collaboration carried out with contributions from Jesús Yorruri Choma from Radio Gigante 93.1 FM, Ever Santivañez from Radio Roboré, María del Rosario Flores from Radio Jireh 102.5 FM and Marco Antonio Casiano Ramón from Radio Santa Cruz, Colectivo La Fuga, among other communities and field recordings.
Listening to the World—100 Years of Radio is a project of the Goethe-Institut, the Experimental Radio at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It is supported by the Goethe-Institut as well as through the project New European Bauhaus of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The development of the Transcultural Listening Map is supported by the Creative Fund of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.