radio narrowcast: tate modern
radio narrowcast / performance / installation
tate modern 2016
This Radio Narrowcast is developed in response to the new Tate Modern opened to the public in June 2016. Drawing on the symptomatic acceleration of the ongoing gentrification processes on London’s South Bank the project asks critical questions about urban and spatial belonging, redevelopment, formal and informal networks and community formation.
The work was developed over the duration of one year in collaboration with the elderly visitors of Stones End Day Centre directly affected through the effects of gentrification in London. Working with the family archives, memories and histories of migration, sound scapes and performances the project has developed an interactive radio narrowcast manifested in the Studio C located in the main collection of the Tate Modern.
As opposed to Radio Broadcast, Radio Narrowcast does not rely on a technologised, distanced and unidirectional one-to-many transmission. Instead a narrowcast can be seen as a site-specific and collaborative practice that derives from the methodologies of listening and prioritises pragmatic concerns of a particular neighbourhood, group of people or individuals. Questioning the functionality of the radio studio, opening it up and ambiguously interchanging the roles between listeners and broadcasters, narrowcasts can include, yet does not require radio technology or technology a priory. The radio take over of the Studio C in the Boiler House has considered radio transmission within the overarching questions of process, agency and intentionality of practice: Who processes what for whom? What is the process? And to what end is it processed?
Enormous gratitude for this particular Radio Narrowcast: Michele Fuirer, Victoria Ivanova, Emily Stone, Alexa Lowe, Age UK Lewisham & Southwark, Stones End Day Centre, Blackfriars Settlement and visitors of Tate Modern.