Radio (Study) Day
Sunday 21 August, 12–5pm. Live online event
For their Radio (Study) Day at Wysing, current artists-in-residence Henna-Riikka Halonen, Evan Ifekoya, Lawrence Lek and Laura O’Neill will take radio broadcasting as a starting point for exploring the potential of the listening subject.
With access to huge amounts of information online through podcasts and ‘how to’ videos, the act of learning is becoming an increasingly individualistic and solitary experience. Radio broadcasting however offers both the solitary experience of listening, and access to the temporal experience of live radio production. It also offers access to a temporary shared community of fellow listeners.
Historically a powerful tool for connecting people and bridging distance, Radio (Study) Day will also pose questions about the role of radio today and its relationship to digital technologies. Four different programmes broadcast throughout the day will draw on the artists' diverse research to address ideas around staging, scripting and fakery and the four artists, alongside invited contributors, will draw on speech, music and sound to think about the critical and creative possibilities of listening in an ocular-centric society.
For Radio (Study) Day the artists will take over the Wysing homepage, inviting
audiences to listen and participate via a live radio stream. The day will be broadcast again by Resonance FM on Monday 29 August, 12–5pm.
12pm – Lawrence Lek introduces the Radio (Study) Day and presents Sino-Futurism, a new work in two parts: a live soundtrack and commentary for an unmade film about a fictional artist AI and an essay on Sino-Futurism, combining spoken word with fragments of cinema history. Followed by a discussion with fellow residency artists.
1.15pm – Laura O’Neill introduces Bending Over Backwards, a new work described as "pure presencing affecting affectable bodies; a mapping of rhythm interspersed with film, curved down with soft selves/around the bend". Bending Over
Backwards features a mixed sourced text from poet Greg Nijs. Followed by a discussion with fellow residency artists.
2.30pm – Henna-Riikka Halonen
introduces Pareidolia, a new work where the writing and re-writing of a film script and a soundtrack becomes a spatial play with walls and borders, teasing out the universal through the personal. Confusing the time zones, truth and fiction in order to grasp the ever unreachable right now of right now, Pareidolia is a search for an image or imagination in a realm where the only sense we have is hearing.
Featuring Dr Jeanette Baxter and artist Arnaud Moinet and followed by a discussion with fellow residency artists.
3.45pm – Evan Ifekoya introduces This Catalogue of Poses, a radio play-in progress exploring the daily lives of four figures in a photograph, some of whom are more alive than others. Beginning at a spectral house club night in London, the characters dialogue across as if inhabiting the past and future simultaneously. Original score devised in collaboration with aigrefou
(Netherlands/Morocco). Followed by a discussion with fellow residency artists.
4.45pm – The four artists re-convene for the last fifteen minutes of broadcasting.
5pm – End.