Radio Mind investigates the shifting terrains of the transcendent and the quotidian through new communications technologies. Drawing on early 20th Century experimental radio, Protestantism, historical and mythic seafaring cults and the powerful mythology of the radiophonic ether, notions of radio art and religious imaginary are brought into question.
The Old Lookout became the chapel of a religious pirate radio cult whose radio station Radio Mind, was relayed by its' Missionaries across the golden sands of this popular seaside resort. Inspired by an obscure group of early 20th century Anglican clerics with a shared interest in telepathy, psychic research and psychology as paths of divine/human communication, Radio Mind took place at the Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs which became an outpost from which to re-open the paths of transmission through performance, broadcast and participation.
Radio Mind, Marrakech Biennale (2014) Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto, Canada (2012)
Lightworks International Arts Festival (2012) , UK. LCC, UAL London
Broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM and free103point9fm USA. Boat Radio DAB broadcast UK (2011): Radio Futura102.1, Future Places: Digital Media and Local Cultures, Porto, Portugal. Installation: Burton Gallery, The Old Look Out Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent (2011).
Voices in Radio Mind:
The Highland Chief and David Davidovich Burliuk - Wm.B.McClure
Archbishop Du Vernet - Magz Hall and Mark Pilkington
Testimonial – Jennifer FR Hall
Music – Magz Hall and Xylitol
Full Moon Orchestra conducted by Magz Hall at the Arnofini Bristol 2011
Script Magz Hall with excepts from “Spiritual Radio” By Archbishop Du Vernet 1925
Sound and radio artist and senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Magz runs artist group Radio Arts who explore the artistic potential of radio. Her sound work has been exhibited in the British Museum, the Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Canada and the USA and broadcast internationally. Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong Airport at the British Museum was described as "extraordinary and rich" by Richard J. Williams, her "intriguing and beautiful work" Radio Mind (2012) was awarded a sound commission for Lightworks Festival. Spiritual Radio (2014) was commissioned for Unbinding the Book exhibition in London and North America “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).