Spiritual Radio artwork features in international sound art exhibition

13 May 2015

Art work by Senior Lecturer and sound and radio artist, Magz Hall, will be on display as part of an international sound art exhibition.

Spiritual Radio, a unique transmitting radio book will be one of 22 works from emerging sound artists from Singapore, Russia, Germany, Colombia, Italy, Canada, France, the United States and the United Kingdom selected for The Engine Room at London’s Morley Gallery.

The exhibition will offer a sensory experience of a different kind, leaving visitors with a fresh perception on the sounds that surround them. It gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in soundscapes, watch audio visual works, experience the stimulating interaction of sound and video and observe and interact with sound sculptures and sound installations.

Magz’s Spiritual Radio, which was also nominated for The Engine Room International Sound Art Exhibition and Competition, is a bespoke hand-bound book. Its pages are held shut by copper nails, connected by wires to form an FM transmitter circuit hand built by the artist, where it transmits the words within the book in an eternal loop. It can no longer be read conventionally; rather the text awaits the listener who is tuned to the right frequency.

The visitor hears ‘Spiritual Radio’, a book published in 1925 that sets out cleric and radio enthusiast Archbishop FH du Vernet’s vision of the emerging technology as a spiritually-charged electrical force. The reading is of the spiritual text (voiced by Mark Pilkington) with additional music and sound by Magz Hall and Xylitol. The work sees technology ‘as a spiritually charged force’; the value of the content of the book surpassing its physical form.

The Engine Room is an initiative by Morley College, London, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art.

The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition opens 12 May – 12 June 2015 and entry is free. Find out more.


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