Monthly Archives: April 2015

Listen to speakers’ presentations from Critical Waves at the ICA

Here are recordings of all the presentations from Critical Waves at the ICA in March 2015. Enjoy…

As part of our panel on ‘Radio Play: Voice as Material’, hear:

sound and radio artist, Magz Hall offers a glimpse into the politics of the voice by reflecting on the voices are often excluded from the airwaves, before showcasing a range of DIY and creative approaches towards radio, which move away from what Magz refers to as “good voice syndrome”.

artist and composer Iris Garrelfs, share an insight into her practice, explaining Iris’ process of producing micro-collages from tiny slithers of audio recordings.

artist and curator, Sam Belinfante explore the voice as a form of contact – something transmitted and received, connected and disconnected – which plays with ideas of interiority and exteriority.


As part of our panel on ‘Disembodied Voices: Speaking and Authorship’,  listen to:

artist and activist, Marc Herbst discuss the bodies that are disembodied by the state and explore the power relationships enacted by the state through its voice.

artist, Aura Satz talk describe some of the ways in which her practice has used audio to displace authorship, allowing for a more mobile idea of where a voice might come from.

sound artist and radio producer, Lance Dann tease out some of the differences between analogue and digital listening, discussing the communal and serendipitous ways that we might tune into the wireless, as well as the podcast’s intimate and direct address.

Listen to all this, and more, on our SoundCloud at


Critical Waves at Birkbeck College, Monday 20 April, 9.45am – 4pm

After a great start at the ICA last month we’re looking forward to our next Critical Waves event at Birkbeck College on Monday 20th April. Here is a timetable of what to expect …

Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This one-day program of talks and workshops follows the more theoretical day of presentations at the ICA by reflecting on the role of radio in academia today, and offering some introductory advice about how researchers can get started with communicating their own research through radio and podcasts.

Speakers include: Emily Candela design historian and producer of Atomic Radio; James Cridland, radio futurologist; Juliette Kristensen, academic and producer of Paperweight Radio; Tim Markham, Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College; Pod Academy.

09.45 – 10.00                  Registration

10.00 – 11.00              Radio in today’s academy: James Cridland in conversation with Tim Markham

Radio futurologist James Cridland and Tim Markham, Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, will discuss how radio has been shaped by recent technological developments and consider radio’s position in contemporary research practice.

11.00 – 11:20                  Break

11:20 – 12:20              What makes a good academic radio programme?

Emily Candela, researcher and producer of Atomic Radio, will lead a workshop on what makes a good radio programme.

12:20 – 13:20              Technical tips

Michael Garrad, musician and freelance producer for Resonance FM, will offer an introductory-level explanation of how to make basic sound recordings using a laptop or mobile phone, as well as running through how to edit audio using free online audio software.

13.20 – 14.20                  Lunch    A light lunch will be provided

14.20 – 14.30                  Details about participant’s programmes and how to submit them

14.30 – 15.10              Translating research into radio

Dr Juliette Kristensen, academic and producer of Paperweight Radio, will share her experiences as a researcher working with radio.

15.10 – 15.55              Getting your programmes heard

Pod Academy will tell us about their work promoting new research through podcasts, and discuss other platforms for sharing academic audio content.

15.55 – 16.00                  Closing remarks