About

Contact magz.hall(at)canterbury.ac.uk                                                 https://twitter.com/#!/Radio_Mind

A sound, radio artist and founder of Radio Arts. Magz Hall was born in Keynsham, 1969 her sound work has exhibited her work at Tate Britain, British Museum, The Barbican, The Victoria and Albert Museum,  The Sainsbury Centre, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Visual Arts,  Barbican, MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Holland, Ireland, Canada and the USA. She was awarded an Oram Award in 2021.

Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong Airport for Foster and Partners at the British Museum was described as “extraordinary and rich” in Richard J. Williams book The Anxious City. Radio Mind installation was an “intriguing and beautiful work” commissioned for Lightworks Festival. Magz transmitting book Spiritual Radio “pages of the book are held shut by copper nails, connected to form a transmitter circuit through which words flow “in an eternal loop….the text awaits the listener who is tuned to the right frequency” (The Guardian) was exhibited at the Unbinding the Book exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery and was a finalist for The Engine Room’s International Sound Art Competition and Exhibition (2015). Tree Radio, a broadcasting tree made during an Arts for the Environment Residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, was also a sonic art finalist for the BASCA British Composer Award 2016. Selected for Alt Barbican, her Voicing Gender radio hats were exhibited at the Mutek Festival Montreal and the Barbican 2017. Waves of Resistance was commissioned for the Aerial Sparks trail exhibiting across the Island of  Innis Orr for Galway City of Culture 2020 for which she was nominated for an Ivors Composer Award in Sonic Art.

She is a senior radio lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, as a former director of the Community Media Association she successfully helped push for community arts radio in the UK and was a founder of London’s arts station Resonance FM. Magz runs Radio Arts an artist led group who promote radio art and the Expanded Radio Research Group.

She completed a practice based PhD at UAL in 2015, titled Radio After Radio: Redefining radio art in the light of new media technology through expanded practice, which looked at hundred years of radio art and made expanded radio works for an imagined vacated FM spectrum after switch over.

As well as making work for installations she has broadcast her work internationally on BBC Radio, ABC, RTE, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Resonance FM, Sound Art Radio, Radio Reverb, BCB Radio, Phonic FM, BCFM, NTS, Radeq, Boat DAB, the Dark Outsid, Radio Corax and Reboot FM (DE), Radio Papesse (It), WGXC 90.7-FM USA, Radio Futura (PT), CKLN FM (CA) , Scanner FM (SP) and in taxis in Morroco.

Artist Statement

I am a radio and sound artist, who works with a focus on expanded radio art in all its forms. I’ve been exploring the artistic potential of radio and its use outside of conventional settings from ready mades to creating transmitters and site specific multi media installations which draw on aspects wireless technology and art for the environment. I am investigating radio in all its forms for expanded practice across the spectrum, working on projects across air, land, sea and space whilst drawing on experimental radio history.

Please look at the overview of all my projects and click on these links for Audio, Press, Films and Links, for PhD and selected writing

Magz Hall at Jerwood Arts London running a transmitter building workshop on wood from the once tallest tree in Kent