Numbers at ISU Galleries USA

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Magz Hall Numbers installation on view October 22 – December 15, 2013.




The installation is in part homage to shortwave numbers stations, on air since the cold war and plays a series of coded messages from provocateurs of the future heard as numbers from six voices played simultaneously on different radios around the space. The work predicts numbers stations will move to FM and will remain there after licensed FM services are switched off, to be used by outlawed gangs, groups, agents and political movements. The work uses encrypted tweets collected from Occupy activists.



Part of a running theme, throughout my current work to discuss the future of FM via its past, in this case connecting with the long history of political activists embracing and experimenting with radio since its inception, from the Futurists La Radio, to ‘Free Radio’ across Europe, such as ‘Radio Alice’ (Italy), ‘Interference FM’ (1999 London) to Occupy’s ‘Mayday Radio’ in 2012 (NYC).



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The exhibition is the outcome of a long standing collegiate relationship between Illinois State University and Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, England), the exhibition showcases 12 faculty members from Canterbury’s Media, Art, and Design Departments. Artists include: Darren Ambrose, Rob Ball, Andy Birtwistle, Andrew Butler, Magz Hall, Bryan Hawkins, Mary Ikoniadou, Tim Long, Kate McLean, Benjamin Rowley, Karen Shepherdson, and Sam Vale