Falgoosh Radio returns to Art Dubai 2014 for a second year in a row, with a constant dedicated stream of sound art, experimental music and discussions around the fair.
Created and programmed by Six Pillars’s producer UK-based sound artist Fari Bradley and ResonanceFM station manager sound artist Chris Weaver, the station serves essentially as an ‘ear to the fair’. Falgoosh Radio is named after the ancient tradition of eavesdropping around the time of Norooz (a lunar calender New Year which takes places at the Spring Equinox, during Art Dubai). The insatllation invites fair visitors to observe the normally hidden process of radio production, and listen-in live at the booth. Elsewhere, and anywhere, listeners can tune in to a continual schedule of interviews and discussions with fair participants, plus sound works and fringe DJ sets commissioned by Six Pillars especially for Art Dubai 2014.
Building on the experience of the 2013 project, Falgoosh Radio is moving towards a self-generative model, with peer-to-peer interviews and discussions. Unlike other stations, Falgoosh Radio is both an exploration of relational aesthetics and the transactional art of conversation. The radio platform examines the nature of exchange that can take place in the social spaces of the fair, while encouraging potential chance ones. The broadcasts are a result of this intersection of ideas, energy and experience and achieve lasting reach in the form of podcasts, played out throughout the year.
Sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver both work at the UK’s Radio Art station Resonance104.4fm, where Fari also runs Six Pillars, the platform for arts and culture from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Previous live broadcasts include the Frieze Art Fair, Tate Modern’s ‘Long Weekend’, the Serpentine Gallery’s ‘24-Hour Interview Marathon’, Hayward Gallery during the reopening of the Southbank Centre, and several weeks in-residence at London’s Raven Row gallery.
Fari Bradley has just completed a year with Sound and Music (the UK’s national agency for new music) as an “embedded” artist-in-residence. She DJs experimental and fringe genres at festivals, galleries and museums, as well as performing live, improvised sound art with found objects, hand-built circuits and electronics. www.sixpillars.org
Chris Weaver was named Sonic Artist of the Year 2013 by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and also performs live on his collection of hand built and rewired electronics. Weaver is an Associate Lecturer in Sound Art at the University of the Arts London and Director of the Resonance Radio Orchestra. Both are in noise quartet Oscillatorial Binnage.