Radioscopie: Medium as Metaphor - BROADCASTING SCHEDULE
Can't hear anything?
NEXT > SATURDAY 19 APRIL - 1900hrs
Broadcast begins at 7pm featuring:
Bridget Crone, Easy Listening meets Flicker Time (2011)
A conversation between analogue and digital broadcast transmissions about time and affect, in the form of a short film
Jay Tan and Marnie Slater, Dr. You and Naked Me (2014)
- A photo phone performance.
switch on ...
beats…. hiss… beats move away
if they dance they will only dance to static and almost silence
very close and very still
I felt like I held in my hands a big, pulsating vortex-black-hole.
Then, right there on the metro, at rush hour, the world ended, but in the most orgasmic way possible. Fuck, it was so pure.
move closer to apparatus
beats and crackles
I have stopped washing all my hands as a matter of principle…
SUNDAY 20 APRIL - 1200hrs
Broadcast begins at midday, featuring:
Leon Trotsky, Inaugural Address at the First All-Union Congress of the Society of Friends of Radio (abridged) (1926), read by Claire Chard
Trotsky explains to the gathered 'Society of Friends of Radio' how science, under proletarian rule, and with radio as its medium, can and must be a force of national unification and empowerment. Not only will radio collectivize, it is of itself an assertion of materialism, an anti-metaphysical weapon. “What," asks Trotsky, does a “voice from heaven” amount to when there is being broadcast all over the country a voice from the Polytechnical Museum?”
Arch Oboler, Bathysphere (1939)
(WIND SIGHS ... CONTINUES IN BG)
LEADER: The sea is very quiet.
ERIC: (SERVILE) Yes, Your Excellency.
LEADER: Will it be very quiet under the water?
ERIC: No motion, Your Excellency.
First broadcast just after the outbreak of war in Europe, Arch Oboler’s play concerns a ruthless dictator’s attempt to make the deepest ocean dive in history.
Richard Hughes / Matthew MacKisack, A Comedy of Danger* (2011)
A revision of Richard Hughes’ 1924 work of the same name: a one-act melodrama set in an unlit and flooding coal mine, and the first drama written for British radio. The author later remarked that, “Our audience were used to using their eyes; this was a blind man's world we were introducing them to. In time they would accept its conventions but how would they react on this first occasion? Better make it easy for them, just this once. Something which happens in the dark, for instance, so the characters themselves keep complaining they can't see. Perhaps we could get the listener to turn out his l ights and listen in the dark.” In an attempt to foreground what it means to “make it easy for them”, Hughes' script has been re-imagined and edited according to contemporaneous Russian formalist theories of ostranenie, or defamiliarization. Cast: Carla Espinoza, Lauren McCullum and Leo Ashizawa
*Recorded at SoundFjord, London, as part of Cast and Figment, 2011 - soundfjord.org