Nightcall Radio.
Radio-anthropocene entanglements


Donovan, Kate. “Nightcall Radio. Radio–anthropocene entanglements.” Fusion Journal, no. 19, 2021, pp. 132-144.

First published online: March 2021

Abstract
This essay begins the work of unpicking radio-anthropocene entanglements, in an effort to think and do them otherwise. I use the concept of expanding radio to open out the notion of radio to include human and more-than-human electromagnetic signals and argue that by drawing upon practices of expanded listening, more-than-human radio ecologies can be revealed, thus enabling a constructive move beyond the anthropocene.[1] I consider magnetite a material embodiment of radio-anthropocene entanglements; anthropogenic magnetite is produced by traffic fumes and can affect human memory, while biogenic magnetite can be found in migrating organisms to aid wayfinding. I conclude by bringing all of these issues together in describing the radio art piece Nightcall Radio.

Keywords
Radio ecologies, more-than-human anthropocene, expanded listening, radio art, magnetite, otherwise



grounded listening with extended bodies


Donovan, Kate. “Listening to the Universe - Radiophonien des Alls. grounded listening with extended bodies.” NachtGärtnern I-III. Radiophonien des Alls. Dokumentation 2019/2020. Datscha Radio, Berlin 2020, pp. 32-37.



Listening beyond radio, listening beyond history. A proposal for alternative radio histories. 

 

Donovan, Kate.”Listening beyond radio, listening beyong history. A proposal for alternative radio histories. Seismograf Journal.FOKUS: SONIC ARGUMENTATION II,
18. DECEMBER 2019. DOI HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.48233/SEISMOGRAF2305

Peer-reviewed Audio Paper
First published online: December 2019

Abstract
This paper argues that the documented history of human interaction with radio is a matter to be unravelled, and pirated. The ‘first documented radio listening experience’ is questioned, and followed by the proposal for alternative radio histories – that disrupt, critique, and reach beyond the usual masculine, Western, ‘modern’ tellings of this era.

Interweaving scientific research into the capabilities of human hearing, with the often spectacular occurrences of natural radio (such as the Auroras, lightning and meteorites entering the earth’s atmosphere), this audio paper takes seriously Donna Haraway’s statement: ‘It matters which stories tell stories’ (2016), and therefore purposefully entangles radio history with feminist, postcolonial, and speculative tellings of the past.

Here, the notion of listening is used in an expanded sense, and as such is posited as a way to pay attention to – and foster care and respect for – not just the voices, sounds and gestures which often go unnoticed, but also the possible histories.

Keywords
#Listening #Postcolonial and Feminist Histories #Piracy #Multiple Narratives #Natural Radio
KATE DONOVAN                  ︎


Kate Donovan is an artist and researcher working with radio, listening and the more-than-human. She means radio as an elemental, collective, and artistic medium.  



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PORTABLE ERSCHÖPFUNGSGESCHICHTEN
with DJ Schlucht

Live radio action for the (In)tangible Transmissions event @ floating university

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Live Radio
31.07.2022

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RADIO OTHERWISE:
circling thresholds

A transitional, environmental radiophonic space for the encounter and interaction of signals, bodies, ecologies and knowledges, made while circling thresholds of transmissions and architectures, beyond the purely anthropogenic.

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Live Radio
27.05.2022


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SUNSET RADIO

Live MicroFM transmission / stream with Ally Bisshop

Thinking, moving, and transmitting through the threshold event of the sunset. As it draws an edge between light and dark, but also as it writes a grey line – an atmospheric band in which radio signals stretch and intensify.

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Live Radio
26.03.2022
Livestream
30.4.2022

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METEOR BODIES

In 1954, somebody was woken from her daytime nap on the couch when a meteorite crashed through the ceiling of her home, bounced off the radio and hit her body. The re-telling of this tale is intertwined with notions of care, protection, and (day)dreams, all the while wondering: what is between us and the space rocks rushing through the universe?

Meteor Bodies is a dreamy afternoon rumination on celestial, atmospheric, human and radio bodies.

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Premiere
11.12.2021

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TRANSMISSION ECOLOGIES

This mix is a compilation of snippets from (mostly) live radio experiments, working with site- and time-specific transmissions of microFM, walkie-talkie, short wave and/or ‘natural’ radio, together with speculative histories/futures and situatedness. An underlying thread tying these works together is the expanded (ecological) perspective of radio as an inextricably intertwined medium of more-than-human transmissions.

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Broadcast
21.09.2021

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TUNING TO THE BIRD BODY

Radio Art piece made with Jan Verberkmoes.

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Premiere
11.05.2021

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NAVIGATING TWILIGHT RADIO

Moving through the phases of twilight - civil, nautical and astronomical - this durational work follows the radiophonic territories, topologies and cosmologies of the shift between day and night.

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Live transmission
01.05.2021

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NIGHTCALL RADIO

On magnetism and the unheard, unsung, of the night.

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Live transmission
02.05.2020

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