Programme archive

On this page you can find an archive of all the participants’ programmes developed in response to Critical Waves. Listen in to be entertained and educated by the very latest research from across the arts and humanities.

Robin Bale, researcher in Fine Art at Middlesex University, weaves monologue together with music to take listeners on a spellbinding and melancholic tour of a disused space in east London known only as the ‘bike cemetery’.

Rachel Cattle, researcher in Fine Art at Kingston University, fractures a story of women’s suffrage with the sounds of domestic labour in this witty and thought-provoking experimental sound piece.

Jo Coleman, researcher in Media Studies at Birkbeck College, headed over to her local hustings during the 2015 General Election campaign hoping to find an enlightening encounter with democracy in action, but her recordings of the event reveal the sounds of discontent, disillusionment and division amongst a resentful, resistant community.

Christopher Collier, researcher in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, dazzles listeners with his funny and fascinating insight into of the beautiful game of three-sided football.

Jenna Collins, researcher in Fine Art at Kingston University, creates an audio collage of the online tutorials that we use to navigate new technologies, creating an evocative and experimental multi-layered soundscape that reflects on our increasingly technologized world.

Becky Cullen, researcher in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, offers a humorous and insightful glimpse into what happens when we try to analyse poetry according to the ill-tempered criticisms of broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, judge of the 2015 Forward Prize for Poetry.

Emma Dyer, researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, weaves together multiple interviews in which speakers recall their memories of school, both fond and foreboding, in this poignant audio portrait.

Sonya Dyer, researcher in Visual Art and Design at Middlesex University, propels us into the stratosphere as she introduces the compelling visual history of black women in space.

Aimee Gaston, researcher in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, asks us if we are sitting comfortably before leading us on the riveting tale of Virginia Woolf’s armchair.

Jono Gilmurray, researcher in Sound Arts at London College of Communication, asks what is the sound of climate change, considering the often-beautiful results that sound artists have given to this salient question.

Deborah Grayson, researcher in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, offers a compelling insight into her work with interfaith charity 3FF, exploring how stories in the media affect school children’s perception of other faiths.

Robert Herian, researcher in Law at Birkbeck College, brings alive the concept of fiduciary law through his playful and witty audio collage.

Dr Sarah Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, telephones leading novelist John McGregor to ask him about how writers negotiate the tricky problem of representing phones in fiction.

Arthur Keegan-Bole, researcher in Music Composition at the University of Bristol, offers an expertly crafted and sonically stimulating study of the role radio plays in the music of the night.

Louisa Lee, researcher in History of Art at the University of York, talks to a London-based reading group and sound artist Annea Lockwood offering an atmospheric meditation on female artists active during the 1960s.

Simon Limbrick, researcher in Media and Performing Arts at Middlesex University, takes an experimental and ambitious approach to radio and musical composition by seeing if radio can act as a network for musicians to create broadcasts in real time.

Peter Merrington and Tijana Stevanović, researchers in the School of Arts and Cultures, and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, provide the complete instructions for re-staging Acapulco to Byker: A Partial Index, an exhibition first presented at Baltic 39 in the summer of 2014, in an experimental programme that challenges the boundaries of where radio ends and artworks begin.

Lisa Mullen, researcher in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, takes us through the looking glass in a beautiful, interdisciplinary exploration of the uncanny qualities of mirrors.

James O’Leary, researcher in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton, layers music and personal testimony in an eerie and beguiling reflection on the architectures where north-Belfast’s different communities come into contact.

Jenny Roberts, researcher in Cultural History at the University of Brighton, offers a thought-provoking discussion of the sound of silence in her research into female munitions workers during the First World War.

Tom White, researcher in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, lets us listen in on the mesmerising sound of glaciers.

Riczhard Whitney, researcher in English Literature at De Montfort University, takes a trip to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, offering an intimate reflection on how we look at and think about art.

Laura Wood, researcher in History at Royal Holloway, responds to an intriguing medieval letter concerning the commonplace 15th century custom of widowed women taking vows of chastity, asking what happened when these vows were broken.

Naomi Wynter-Vincent, researcher in psychoanalysis at Sussex University, examines the cost of thinking in a brilliant and absorbing account of the work of twentieth century psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion.

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