Anna Colin: Interview
Anna Colin is the curator of ’Radio Gallery‘, a 12-week project where she has commissioned artists and curators to make a one-hour work to be broadcast on the radio rather than seen in an exhibition space.
What is art on the radio?
Art relies on the visual but this is about seeing what happens when you dematerialise the exhibition space; it’s about producing visual art in a non-visual medium.
How did the project come about?
I presented an arts show on Resonance 104.4FM from 2002-2005 and I also work as an art curator. A lot of artists contribute to Resonance but usually they are either being interviewed or playing their records. I wanted to give them the opportunity to use radio in a different way.
How did you choose the artists and curators to work with?
A lot of them I had worked with in the past but I also chose people who had used formats other than the gallery space before – print or television for example – people I knew could engage with the idea.
How have the artists and curators responded?
For the first project collaborative design partnership åbäke broadcast a pub quiz where participants had to guess records just from the descriptions of their covers. Because a lot of people now get their music from downloads, record covers are almost becoming a thing of the past, so it was about that invisibility. Thibaut de Ruyter produced an investigation into Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) – hearing voices, believed to be of the dead, in the static and white noise of cassette recorders and radio waves. Raimundas Malasauskas’s project ‘Radio Diner’ was much more abstract.
It had no commentary but included readings, singing, hypnotism and bird sounds. Projects coming up include Jeremy Deller and Alex Farquharson’s ‘Propaganda’ featuring live translation of radio broadcasts from countries where there are wars or conflicts. It’s about how far you can trust what you hear and and how much is lost in translation. Olivia Plender’s project will include interviews with people involved in Spiritualist research.
What happens once a project has been broadcast?
They are all downloadable under common license from the Radio Gallery website at www.radiogallery.org, which means that they are free but are protected from being altered or used commercially.
Are there plans for future ‘Radio Gallery’ projects?
Yes, depending on funding – it would be great to give more artists the opportunity to challenge their practice by using a different medium in this way. Instead of opening another gallery space why not make more use of radio space?
‘Radio Gallery’ continues on Resonance 104.4FM, Mondays 8-9pm until Sep 18.
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