To coincide with Ways of Looking, a new festival of photography in Bradford, South Square will be presenting artist filmmaker and photographer Esther Johnson's Analogue Kingdom. This short film is a poetic portrait of Gerald Wells, founder and curator of the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.
Wells' stole his first radio, a Belmont, in 1943 at the age of thirteen. He was immediately sent to an âapproved' school, whose psychiatrist diagnosed âan obsession' with wireless and electricity an obsession that continues today. The house Wells was born in and still inhabits is now home to over 1,500 wireless objects and 45,000 valves - the UK's largest such collection.
Analogue Kingdom reveals the charm of Wells' world, where radio relics and their attendant stories fill every nook and cranny. As the digital switchover fast approaches, Wells' analogue collection is a reminder of the magic that may soon be lost.
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