“Artspeak Radio Digest”
GABI DAO, BRADY CRANFIELD, EMMA METCALFE HURST, AUTUMN SCHNELL
September 18–November 27, 2018
Artspeak Radio Digest is a three month long program, run in partnership with Vancouver Co-op Radio a community radio station based in the Downtown Eastside since 1973. Taking the form of an audio journal, Artspeak Radio Digest is an expanded approach to the organization’s publishing program. Each show has been conceived as an issue of an audio journal. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the digest format will feature new commissions, sound works, poetry, radio plays and music amongst other forms utilizing radio as a medium. The program will be collectively produced and hosted by Brady Cranfield, Gabi Dao, Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Autumn Schnell with support from Bopha Chhay and Erik Hood.
The form of radio can seem overtly nostalgic. Why radio? Why now? Artists have long harnessed airwaves as a medium. Radio has provided a distinct alternative for the presentation of artistic practice outside of the gallery. Shifting focus from the visual to the aural, the form of radio challenges visual primacy in artistic practice. Shows by artists have been included in Co-op’s programming since it’s founding. These include the long-standing Soundscape, Lux Radio Players and The HP Radio Show hosted by Hank Bull and Patrick Ready.
Airwaves as a medium presents other challenges. Seemingly intangible, airwaves do not escape commodification, as corporations jockey for licensing rights. Actively working to counter commercial interests, Co-op’s community based programming remains distinct in its prioritization of perspectives, forms and voices not heard through conventional media avenues. Public broadcast regulations dictate what we can say and play during certain hours, as we’re obligated to abide by national broadcasting standards. There are things we can say, things we can’t say and things we won’t say. In Canada, after 9pm, restrictions and quotas ease up. Be sure to tune in weekly to CFRO 100.5-FM beginning Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 9 to 10pm PST for the first issue of Artspeak Radio Digest.
Thank you to our partners at Vancouver Co-op Radio, Robert Moya and Kimit Sekhon.
Artspeak Radio Digest is part of year of programming at Artspeak that considers ways of learning and studying together as a collaborative process and practice. Upcoming programming will challenge the role of the artist-run center, notably asking how it can contribute to creating space allowing for new forms of engagement, to reimagine current limits in cultural production and shape alternative practices. Before the rain really sets in, we’ll take a short hike to Mount Seymour where Co-op’s Transmitter has been located since 1982.