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A series of 12 radio programmes envisaging radio as exhibition space. Curated by Anna Colin <a href="" target=_blank> </a>

Radio Gallery number 2: Investigating EVP

Author: Thibaut de Ruyter
Broadcast date: July 10, 2006

In 1959, the Swedish painter, archeologist, opera singer and polyglot Friedrich Jürgenson (1903-1987) discovered that he was able – in using a microphone, a tape recorder and an out of tune radio – to record voices from dead people…

That method became quickly known worldwide as Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) and Jürgenson found many followers and friends that built on his research. It is a scientific attempt to deal with the possibility of a life after death and, because it is scientific (the radio and tape recorders were high technology in the 50’s-60’s and the users presented themselves as researchers), it tries to be an indisputable – yet still highly interpretable – proof. But, in the use of radio, radio waves and noise, EVP questions the radio medium itself, how it is made and how it could be misused.

There are two directions in EVP that the exhibition tries to investigate. On the one hand, the aesthetic of ground noise, white noise and lost radiowaves. On the other hand, the poetic beauty of the researchers’ methods, where technical objects are used to produce things they are not supposed to. The artists have been chosen for their ability to deal with one of those two aspects, bringing the show not a presentation of ‘beliefs’ but the strange beauty of ‘investigations’.

Radio Gallery number 1: See the song

Author: åbäke
Broadcast date: July 3, 2006

SEE THE SONG’ is an hour-long music program during which a velvet-voiced disc-Jockey describes record sleeves from the very famous to the most underground labels. Once a rather big (12 inch square) element, it has shrunk today to a tiny jpg on iPods – a perhaps dysfunctional yet natural evolution of the imagery associated with music. Our show celebrates the visual in its ultimate status: sound.

This show was recorded in a London pub, providing material for a blind pub quiz. It was recorded on Monday 3rd July at 8pm.