About

Radio Arts is an independent artists’ group who promote radio as a site for creative experimentation. We have held public workshops, produced sound  installations, led public interventions, commissioned, published and broadcast new sound works by international artists and run live events.

We have held workshops in acoustic ecology, field recording, transmitter-building, Duchamp-inspired ‘radical vox-pops’ and all facets of Radio Art activity; at arts spaces and Galleries such as the Tate Britain, The Turner Contemporary, Margate, Beach House, Herne Bay, the LV21 Light Ship, The Old Lookout Gallery Broadstairs, Whitstable Biennale, The Beaney ,Quarter House for the Folkestone Triennial and the Supernormal Festival. We commissioned fifteen new works for broadcast on twelve partner stations and a dedicated online radio gallery, thanks to the support of Kent County Council, The Arts Council England, the Expanded Radio Research Group, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Community Media Association.

Selected Radio Arts Projects

Transmitter Workshop for 200 people at Victoria and Albert Museum Radio V and  A  2016

Dream Vessels (2016): Victoria and Albert Museum London new work by Magz Hall made with participants at Turner Contempory  workshop (2015).

2015 Switched On live radiophonic event, the Beaney May 9th 7-10pm across the galleries

Switched On Radio Arts Event at the Beaney Museum Canterbury curated by sound artist Magz Hall from Magz Hall on Vimeo.

Switched On was a unique live event hosted by Radio Arts, and curated by Magz Hall presenting the work of an array of cutting edge sonic and visual experimenters. The Beaney will host live performances, installations and improvisations and will be illuminated by interactive visuals and kaleidoscopic sound-films. The performances will be complemented by radio installations and radiophonic music interludes.

2014- 15 ‘Dreamlands’: commissioned fifteen new radio works for  broadcast on 10 partner stations, a 10 week series on Resonance FM and dedicated online Radio Arts gallery streaming the works.

Dreamlands Commissioned  Artists: Arturas Bumsteinas (LITH), Joaquim Cofreces (Argentina),Iris Garelfs (GER), Anna Friz (CAN), Louise Harris (UK),Olivia Humphreys (UK) TBC, Esther Johnson (UK), Langham Research Centre (UK),GX Jupiter Larson (US), Michael McHugh (UK),Carlo Patrao (PORT), Mikey Weinkove (UK), Joaquim Cofreces (Argentina),Gregory Whitehead (USA),Genetic Moo (UK), Magz Hall (UK)

12 Partner Stations broadcasting Dreamlands works: ABC National Radio Australia, RTE, BCB 106.5 (Bradford), Phonic FM (Exeter, UK), Radio Reverb (UK), Radio Papesse (Italy), Sound Art Radio (Devon, UK), Resonance FM (London, UK), Borealis Festival (Norway) Radiophrenia 87.9fm (CCA Gallery Glasgow) and Wave Farm (USA) and WGXC 90.7FM.

Reclaim the Waves Magz Hall and CJ Backhouse ran Reclaim the Waves workshops at the Tate Britain and worked with London participants over 60 to create a new radio installation about changing London exhibited at the Tate Britain March – May 2015.

Radio Arts Showcase 2014 : exhibition at The Beaney, Museum and Gallery Canterbury featuring new works by Joaquim Cofreces (Argentina) Esther Johnson (UK), Michael McHugh & Noise Choir (UK), Gregory Whitehead (USA), Genetic Moo and Magz Hall & CJ Backhouse

Siren Workshop 2014 and installation at Whitstable Biennale and Listen Out workshop at Folkestone Triennial

Peoples Horn 2014 Installation and performance at the Fuse Festival this Medway voice work aired Kinokophonography, NYC Public Library, USA, Fuse Festival Medway, Microworlds, Arcade Gallery Cardiff, Screen Festival Oslo

2013 Radio Art Workshops: Duchamp Festival Herne Bay, The Old Lookout Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Margate and The Beaney Canterbury funded by ACE and KCC supported by Turner Contemporary, Beaney, Canterbury Christ Church University and the CMA.

Radio Arts Lookout21 Residency: LV21 Lightship, Medway

2009 Symposium ‘Reinventing The Dial‘ Canterbury Christ Church University: Tom McCarthy, Dr Kersten Glandien, Professor Angus Carlyle, Dr Lance Dann, Peter Cusack, Kaffe Mathews, Magz Hall

2007 Published ‘You Are Hear’ CD, featuring 20 artists recordings from our archives

2006 Radio Art Workshops (eight weeks) The Albany, Deptford. Funded by European Social Fund and Awards for All. Aired on Resonance FM and in Canada and USA

2005 Curated Circle of Sound exhibition: Kaffe Matthews, Joe Banks, Iris Garrelfs, Sharon Gal, Magz Hall, CJ Backhouse and Tracey Moberley, Dan Wilson, DJ Wrongspeed, The Foundry, London

2004 Curated ‘You Are Hear Live’ experimental sound events, Cargo, London

2003 Published ‘Flatpack Antenna’ LP, featuring 29 artists including John Wynne, Jem Finer, Stewart Home, Gavin Turk and others as fundraiser for Resonance FM received 5 stars in the Times review.

2002-10 Produced You Are Hear live arts and music show on Resonance FM  (2002-6) and Totally Radio (2006-10) and it critically acclaimed podcast.

Core Members

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Magz Hall 

Radio and sound artist Magz Hall‘s practice investigates the potential of radio art beyond the confines of the studio. Focusing on its artistic potential, Magz has been exploring alternative futures for the medium. Her work has been exhibited in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Tate Britain, British Museum, Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, MACBA Barcelona, and galleries in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Canada and the USA, as well as being broadcast worldwide. Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong Airport, for Foster & Partners was described as “extraordinary and rich” by Richard J. Williams in his book ‘The Anxious City’. She was a founding member of Resonance FM involved in all aspects of setting up the station (1998-06). She was commissioned for her “intriguing and beautiful work” Radio Mind by the Lightworks Festival. Spiritual Radio (2014) a transmitting book was commissioned for Unbinding the Book, a touring exhibition “pages of the book are held shut by copper nails, connected to form a transmitter circuit through which words flow in an eternal loop[…]the text awaits the listener who is tuned to the right frequency” (The Guardian, 2014).  She is a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and has a PhD from CRISAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts) at the University of the Arts London for her practice based PhD entitled: Radio After Radio: Redefining Radio Art in the Light of New Media Technology through Expanded Practice where she explored fictional futures for FM. Her latest work Tree Radio (2015) is currently installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park her website is http://magzhall.wordpress.com/

CJ Backhouse

Sound artist and musician CJ Backhouse is researching a PhD at Goldsmiths funded by AHRC concerned with politics of network aesthetics. CJB also has several releases on international labels as Xylitol including collaborations with the likes of Hacker Farm and Ghost Box. As well as being a celebrated DJ and record collector who produced many regular shows for Resonance FM including You Are Hear, Burning Decks, Kosmische, The Lounge of Pleasure and long duration themed specials.

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Tim Pickup and Nicola Schauerman (Genetic Moo)

Since 2008, Tim Pickup and Nicola Schauerman have developed a series of interactive audio-visual installations under the name Genetic Moo. Darkened spaces reveal beguiling & unsettling creatures, combining elements of the human and the animal. Choreographed video clips respond in a variety of life-like ways to user motion and touch. The works are driven using open source software and webcams and can be easily adapted to different locations. They are interested in combining artworks together so that they interact with the audience, the space, and also each other. Winners of the Founders Lumen Prize 2013, they create complex immersive spaces. Tim was also an early pioneer at Resonance FM producing the ground breaking sonic art series ‘Audio Adventures in Science Pseudoscience & Nonsense’  broadcast.

For more info please email Magz at info@radioarts.org.uk

Thanks to Theo Sykes, Richard Guest and Marc Everett who have created artwork for the groups projects since its inception and web work from Damian Swarbrick.

Group’s History

Radio Arts started as South London Radio Arts in 2001, by radio lecturer, producer and artist Magz Hall and DJ musician and producer CJ Backhouse to promote radio arts activity across London via Community Radio Stations. As Resonance FM founding producers they promoted the arts station and were key in setting it up as a full time station. (1997-2006). The core group relocated and expanded its practice across the South East with current members in Kent and London and later joined in Kent by digital artists Tim Pickup and Nicola Schauerman (Genetic Moo). Radio Arts have held public workshops, produced sound  installations, led public interventions, commissioned, published and broadcast new sound works by international artists. Their early activity was instrumental in helping develop London’s community arts station Resonance FM into a sustainable concern. Now located in South East Kent since 2008 where they are running an ongoing series of free public radio art workshops and projects.

In 2002 the group received an Awards For All grant enabling them to put on air over 200 artists on the You Are Hear radio show broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM for five years. You Are Hear was a highly successful arts and music radio show heard weekly on Resonance FM across London and online then on demand at www.totallyradio.com until 2010.

The You Are Hear podcast was downloaded by over a million users.  Its now an archive of new music, festival specials and concerts available via  feeds.feedburner.com/youarehear and via Itunes. It received critical acclaim in The Independent in 2008, Time Out, The Wire and other publications.

The group also curated a sound art exhibition in 2005, ‘Circle of Sound’ as well as a series of live music events and a fundraising album ‘Flatpack Antenna’ which raised over £5000 pounds for Resonance FM.

In 2006 South London Radio Arts were awarded an ESF Fast Forward grant and an Awards For All grant to run a series of radio art workshops at the Albany Centre in Deptford, SE London; the work was then broadcast on Resonance FM. In 2007 they compiled a CD compilation showcasing five years of live radio sessions from their weekly You Are Hear show on the station.

In 2009 SLRA became Radio Arts, while the groups founder Magz Hall curated a Radio Art Symposium ‘Reinventing the Dial’ at Canterbury Christ Church University. Magz also presented a series of micro radio art installations at the Old Lookout Gallery in Broadstairs and radio interactions at the Whitstable Bienalle.