* Open to UAL students and staff *
How to Explain Radio to a Dead Huia: Doing Transmission Art in the Field
In this presentation, Sally will focus on both pragmatic, and aesthetic-political aspects of her practice in transmission art, discussing the use of radio transmission / electromagnetism as an instrument in live performance, the idea of radio as weather and landscape, mini FM as a medium, and small-radius (or narrowcast) transmission as an active research tool for conducting responsive investigations into site-specific aspects of diverse sonic and electromagnetic environments. she will also discuss the aesthetic and environmental dimensions of working with pre-electrical sound media, and discuss aspects of her work as a new zealand curator with the peer-to-peer radio art network, radia. Selections of her recent sound and transmission works will accompany the talk, as well as a performative demonstration of the radio cegeste transmitter.
Sally Ann McIntyre is a sound and radio artist and writer based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her works utilise experimental radio broadcasting as a form of field work, and pre-electrical sound technologies to re-imagine an ecological response to media art. her work includes being host and operator of the mobile mini FM radio station radio cegeste, a narrowcast transmission entity that functions as both a performance tool, and a way of investigating sonic and electromagnetic aspects of sites. works construct investigations into the relation of technology and environment, site specific radio work within locations emphasises the non-monumentality of localised signal, and other works emphasise a focus on sound and silence in uncovering invisible currents within the narratives of ecological memory within New Zealand Natural History museum collections and archives. Themes investigated include the hypothesis that a non-linear link between early and contemporary sound cultures might be productive when considering the artistic harnessing of (and ecological implications of using) radio and sound technology. Recent projects have included a small battery-powered radio station for the tallest flowering plants in the world, an attempt at inter-species communication between extremely rare birds and radio, and a wax cylinder of extinct birdsong transcriptions. Projects have appeared at the Audio Foundation, Auckland, SNO Galleries, Sydney, GV ART, London, and Constance ARI, Hobart. She has played most experimental music festivals in New Zealand and Australia and material has been published on the labels Consumer Waste, Gruenrekorder, Winds Measure, and/Oar and Flaming Pines' Birds of a Feather "3 CD EP series.
Dugal McKinnon "Dead Silence: ecological silencing and environmentally-engaged sound-art", Leonardo Music Journal, vol. 23, 2013 visit: drive.google.com/…/0B8qMtLgSmmYZRWNGSmtVYzRDR0k/edit
Cecilia Novero, "Birds on Air: Sally Ann McIntyre's Radio Art", Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, issue 27, 2013 visit: drive.google.com/…/0B8qMtLgSmmYZaG9ZdGVKNXRWSVk/edit
Caleb Kelly "Futures from the Field: Hunting for Sounds in Nature, 6" 2013 visit: soundthoughts1.wordpress.com/…/futures-from-the-fi…/
Lecture Theatre B, London College of Communication.
For more information about Sally Ann McIntyre visit: radiocegeste.blogspot.co.uk
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