Air Matters – Sky Port Blog


photo John Aitken

Air Matters: Learning from Heathrow is a forthcoming exhibition and programme of events at Watermans Arts Centre, 8th October – 31st Dec 2019, that explores the politics of air at London Heathrow. For some, the air at Heathrow is a space of networks and travel. For others, it is what they must breathe. The conflation of diverserequirements within one locale presents a significant societal challenge that hasimplications for sustainable development, well-being, and dignity. Air Matters responds to these challenges, bringing together newly-commissioned artworks, workshops and a symposium.

The exhibition will feature commissioned works by Kate Carr, Nick Ferguson, Matthew Flintham, Magz Hall, Hermione Spriggs & Laura Cooper, and Louise K Wilson. Through investigations into sound and geography we will consider how the air shapes what can be felt and performed. Through study of birds and other airborne life, we will identify competing users of the air. Through mapping patterns of movement, we will make visible aerial architectures. We will ask what art can teach us about the air

My contribution “Syport” is named after a 70’s pirate station, will take the form of a radio inspired sound installation which explores Heathrow, airspace across radio scanning frequencies. I have been writing a blog which documents my research for this project during my winter residency at the Pervasive Media Studio you can read it at: