My Dad, the Supernova

Maartje Duin‘s father has Alzheimer’s disease. As his memories fade, she is left with questions about his work as an astronomer in the 1970s. Together, they visit his old workplace, the Leiden Observatory.

Maartje Duin (1975) is an independent journalist and radio producer whose work is characterised by her personal tone of voice. She started out in public radio as a regular contributor to the VPRO series 1Minuut/OneMinute (Prix Europa 2008) and 1Minuutje/One Minute Small (Prix Europa 2012). She also curates listening events in the Netherlands and abroad.

My Dad, the Supernova was produced for a listening event about memory by Grenzeloos Geluid (NL) and In The Dark (BE), with support from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund & Flemish-Dutch House deBuren. It was broadcast by Woord (VPRO) on Dutch public radio on October 22, 2015.


Using material recorded in 2001, while Cófreces was working at an alternative radio station in Buenos Aires, intercut with fragments of songs, political speeches and the voices of comedians.

First broadcast on FM La Tribu in 2005, ‘Robbery’ won the second prize in the feature category at the Bienal de Radio Mexico in 2006 as well as the EBU’s Ake Blomstrom award.

Joaquín Cófreces is a sound artist and feature maker from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. His work has received prizes at the Phonurgia Nova, the International Radio Festival in Iran and the Premio Radio Sin Limites.

You can read an interview with Joaquín Cófreces on the blog EarRelevant.