‘The Far Becomes Near‘ Radio Series
Sharjah Art Foundation Commission:
1/4 ‘When The Iron Speaks‘
An audio archival transmission from the future. Beamed to the present day as an artifact from a future database, the United Arab Emirates’ recent history, stored by people of another millennium, is sent as a missive to the ears of today.
2/3 ‘The Box in the Majlis‘
The programme takes the form of an imaginary audio tour for the blind and partially sighted, guiding museum visitors around a room in the exhibition, ‘The Box in the Majlis’. The exhibition contains objects that illustrate the changing role of radio broadcasting and reception in the United Arab Emirates between 1950-1990s.
Episode 3/4: ‘The Confidential Briefing‘
Examining the social and political history of early radio in the United Arab Emirates, this episode of “The Far Becomes Near” comes as a cassette tape, handed to you, a member of the British diplomatic core, as you board a chartered jumbo jet for the emirate of Sharjah in the UAE. Set in 1978, the scenario imagines that as you settle down in your seat, heed the ‘permission to smoke’ announcement, you put the headphones of your Sony Walkman on. The cassette is background information in preparation for the International Telecommunications Expo to which you are headed, taking place in Abu Dhabi. What follows is a confidential briefing, of declassified documents and expert testimonies, bringing you up to speed on political aspects of radio in the United Arab Emirates ahead of your ‘diplomatic’ work at the Expo.
Episode 4 /4: ‘Listening on the Move‘
The rise of radio paralleled against the formation of the United Arab Emirates out of long-standing tribal areas. Radio was a centrifugal force for ideas of community and of
nationality, but how has this changed with today’s proliferation of
on-line listening platforms? Through conversations with broadcasters, academics and media commentators, this show examines what broadcast practices tell us about UAE’s current national and smaller community identities. Broadcast on Resonance104.4FM and Clocktower Radio NYC. For previous episodes visit bradley-weaver.com
Maraya Arts Centre Commission. Recorded and performed on found and handmade instruments by Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver in the Mleiha Desert, a site of rich archeological significance dating back to the first human migrants out of Africa, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Performed live by Bradley-Weaver at Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, AL Qasba Theatre, Sharjah and A4 Space, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai.
Live Performance on Radio Revolten, AM and FM radio, Halle, East Germany, October, 2016. Using found instruments on location in Halle, a composition mixed live sounds with read texts by activist Brett Bloom, Marinetti’s ‘Futurist Manifesto‘, and Pablo Neruda’s poem ‘Standard Oil Company‘.
‘Documenta14 Athens Part II’
It’s time for the Orthodox Easter ceremonies in Greece, yet themes of economy, mass migration and identity filter through the streets and occasionally subsumes them. Meanwhile Documenta14 from within the frame of the art industry, seeks to address these pressing issues that we either face, or hide from today, documenting how art has conveyed the brutalism, the poetry and the madness of human reality in the past. Visit sixpillars.org for part I.
Recorded Interview as Research
As the quinquennial Documenta14 opens in its second city, Kassel in Germany, we hear from participating artist Joar Nango. One of the endangered Sámi tribes in Norway, Nango creates an installation called European Everything at the Athens Conservatory and will now present his travelling theatre at Kassel this week.
Turkey in Venice, the Sound of ÇIN. An interview with the artist representing Turkey at the National Pavilion Venice Biennial. A musician with an architectural background, Cevdet Erek’s audio and architectural installation is named after the sound – ÇIN.
On Arts-Radio Station Resonance 104.4FM
Free Lab Radio now resting, was a 7 year long series on Resonance104.4FM on air, on DAB digital radio in London and online online. Also broadcast weekly on Resonance Extra on digital DAB radio in Brighton and online.
Six Pillars on MENASA arts and culture (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia). Weekly (repeated) on 104.4FM in London and on DAB digital.
Also on Resonance Extra on DAB digital in Brighton and online.