Pye radio and the Art of Messaging

Exhibited in Kettles Yard March 2019 as part of Hannah Kemp-Welch’s Hyperlocal Radio exhibition

An exhibition in a Pye Radio suitcase to share the ideas and art that emerged from the five workshops at Grove Primary School. Pye Radio were a pioneering Cambridge company who, historically, made an impact on the North Cambridge community we were working with as well as on Kettles Yard founder Jim Ede.

During the workshops questions about communication and messaging were explored through a combination of artistic and scientific approaches. The final artwork, in keeping with the rest of the project, communicates with its audience through old and new technology: images accessed through a 1970s slideviewer; handwritten letters to the future; morse code greetings and chatty, interactive drawings using conductive paint and touchboards from Bare Conductive.

Through this exhibition I was able to think through the process of sharing a long term project. The suitcase acted as a small immersive space where the audience are invited to become part of the process, ponder over the same questions and listen to and read the student’s thoughts. In a future situation I’d consider how the audience responses could alter the artwork particularly through the use of new technologies.

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