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.
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. She was part in the Aerial Sparks project exhibiting across the Island of Innis Orr for Galway City of Culture 2020.
Her PhD: Radio after Radio: Redefining Radio Art in the Light of New Media Technology through Expanded Practice. Drew from a hundred years of radio art to expand her radio art practice offering alternative futures for FM radio. It was completed in 2015 at CRISAP, Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice, University of the Arts London.
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 has broadcast her work internationally on BBC, ABC, 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 and free103point9fm USA, Radio Futura (PT), CKLN FM (CA) and Scanner FM (SP).
I have been exploring the artistic potential of radio and its use outside of conventional settings. Having produced a series of discreet radio art installations, broadcasts and actions between 2007 – 2017 which considered alternative futures for the FM as an overarching theme, using the framing device of a future, vacated FM spectrum, which became a speculative space within which to re-imagine the utopian potentiality of radio as revealed at its apparent point of obsolescence.
Having used radios as ready mades for multiple transmitter works such as Radio Recall, Numbers and Radio Mind, I hand built transmitters into trees, pots and books for Tree Radio, Dream Vessels and Spiritual Radio.
I am currently 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.
Creative Radio Projects, Exhibitions, Broadcasts, Productions, Selected Works:
Waves of Resistance (radio Art with out borders) – Tonnta Friotaíochta, (ealaíne raidió gan teorainneacha) (2020) Aerial Sparks, commission for Galway 2020, Innis Orr Ireland and Ars Electronica. https://www.aerialsparks.org/magz-hall
Skyport (2019): Air Matters Learning from Heathrow, Watermans Arts Gallery, London,
Whose Laughing Now Brexit Bags (2019): Margate Now Festival, Now Digital and Wintersound Festival 2020.
Transmission Spores (2018): The Ash Archive, touring exhibition, Jan – Nov. Studio 3 Gallery, Kent University, Limbo Margate, Halpern Gallery UCA, Folkestone Salt Festival and Kaleidoscope Gallery Medway. Funded by ACE. http://www.theashproject.org.uk/the-ash-archive/ Also at Carte Blanche Sounds of Nature, Intermedia Nantes, France (2019). RWA Bristol (2020-21)
Dreamspace 2 (2018), Art for the Environment, 26 January – 18 March 2018, Nunnery Gallery 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ, http://bowarts.org/nunnery/art-for-the-environment
Voicing Gender (2017), Mutek Festival, Place De Arts. Montreal, Canada, 23rd -27th August. Barbican, London, A Latent Reality showcase. Winter Sound Festival (2019) and MargateNow Festival, Now Digital (2019).
Playback Space (2017), Tate Modern talk and curated listening encounter 27th Feb.
Radiolaria Aeolia/Dreamspace 2 (2017): with Genetic Moo, Profound Sound Festival, UK.
Dreamspace and Forest Radio Callsigns 1958, (2016) Jerwood Arts Space, London
Dream Vessels (2016) V and A
Tree Radio (2015) Yorkshire Sculpture Park, developed during Arts for the Environment Residency. Reflections_on_Process4_2015-MH
Dream Vessels (2015) participatory workshop at Turner Contemporary making transmitting vessels
Spiritual Radio exhibited at The Engine Room International Sound Art Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London, May 12th – June 12th 2015, finalist for its International Prize in Sound Art
Spiritual Radio (2014) FM transmitting book commissioned for Unbinding the Book by Jotta for Whitechapel Gallery London Art Book Fair and also showed at LCC, UAL (2015)
http://unbindingthebook.com/blog/category/magz-hall/ and at LCC London Jan 2015.
Reclaim the Waves (2015) ran a series of workshops to produce a participatory installation about living in London with residents over 65 , for Tate Britain Communities exhibited in Tate Britain Learning Gallery March 28th – May 9th 2015.
Radio Recall: Radio Arts Showcase, The Beaney House of Arts and Knowledge, Canterbury (2014) and Broadstairs, Kent (2013)
Marrakech Biennale (2014)
Installation at Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto, Canada (2012)
Installation Lightworks International Arts Festival (2012) LCC, UAL London http://vimeo.com/32043583
Installation The Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent UK (2011) Burton Gallery (2011-12)
Broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM and free103point9fm USA. Boat Radio DAB broadcast UK
Radio Futura102.1, Future Places: Digital Media and Local Cultures, Porto, Portugal.
Peoples Horn: Voice like a Foghorn with Jim Backhouse (2014) Screen Festival, Oslo. Kinokophonography, NYC Public Library, USA and Microworld2 Cardiff and Fuse Festival Medway.
Radio Arts workshops (2013-17): Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, Tate Britain, V and A, Super Normal Festival, Whitstable Biennale, Duchamp Festival, The Old Lookout Gallery, Turner Contemporary Margate, The Beaney Museum, LV21, Folkestone Triennale. Funded by ACE and KCC and hosts.
Radio Arts Lookout21 residency: (2013)LV21 Lightship,Medway, Kent, UK
Still Moving Sculpture, off the Pier: (2013) radio installation Duchamp Festival, Bay Arts Gallery., Suden Exhibition, Kunsthalle Berlin. Symposium Acoustic Ecology, Kent University. Broadcast byRadio Papesse Italy and Reboot FM Germany
Commercial Break: (2013) MuseRuole: Radio Edition, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen, Italy. Women’s Museum in Meran, Italy. Lightworks International Arts Festival, UK. The Old Look Out Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent (2012)
Numbers: (2011)radio installation, University Galleries, Illinois State University, USA(2012) Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Kent. (2012) The Old Look Out Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent (2011)
Broadcast Addicted2 Radom Festival, Radio Corax Germany. The Dark Outside, Galloway Forest, Scotland.
Radio Jam: (2012)live broadcast network interaction, V22 Gallery London, Summer Radio, Radeq
Lone Broadcast: (2012)Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain. The Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent
Sound Train: (2012)performance / public radio intervention: Canterbury to London
Babble Station: (2012) Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Horsebridge Arts Centre
Speaking Out Perfomance: (2010)Yomomi Adachi Speech Choir, The Tate Modern, London
Reinventing the Dial, Explorations In Experimental Radio Practice: (2009) Curator of symposium at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK with Dr Andy Birtwistle, Dr Angus Carlyle, Andy Cartwright, Peter Cusack , Dr Lance Dann, Dr Kersten Glandien, Kaffe Matthews and Tom McCarthy
Feedback Fiesta: (2008) Sonic Arts Expo Brighton, live broadcast on Radio Reverb, Brighton
Radio Art Workshops: (2006) Albany Centre, Deptford, London, supported by European Social Fund, Fast Forward Grants and Awards For All. Broadcast on Resonance FM, Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto 2007, CKLN FM and NYC free103point9fm
Fear of Death: (2005) Zeppelin’s 8th Sound Festival ‘Acoustics of Control’, MACBA Barcelona, Spain
Curated European Radio Day Group Show: (2005)for Prix Europa’s European Radio Day on Resonance FM, featured work of Jim Backhouse, CarterTutti, Angus Carlyle, Jem Finer & Marcia Farquhar, Iris Garrelfs, William English, Magz Hall, Bjorn Hatleskog, Mark Pilkington, Tom Wallace, Chris Weaver, Dan Wison and Magz Hall)
Circle of Sound: (2005)sound art exhibition Jim Backhouse, Disinformation, Iris Garrelfs, Sharon Gal, Moshi Honen, Magz Hall, Kaffe Matthews, Tracey Moberly, Jason Synnott, Dan Wilson and DJ Wrongspeed, The Foundry, London
Ambisonic 16 speaker soundtrack of Hong Kong International Airport: BMJ panoramic film for Norman Foster Studio retrospective Exploring the City(2001). Exhibited Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA and Wellcome Gallery, British Museum, London (2001) toured Denmark and Boston (2001-3).
Brighton Rocks:(2000)sound, smell installation, Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Holland
Steering Group Resonance FM (1998-2006) involved in all aspects of running the station, enticed hundreds of established artists to get involved Produced You Are Hear (2002-10) a critically acclaimed arts and new music show also on Totally Radio and podcast. Produced 24 Hour Throbbing Gristle special. Producer of Burning Decks and The Lounge of Pleasure. Commissioned Clear Spots. Curated launch event of Resonance FM (2002) and You Are Hear experimental events at Cargo London. Curated Flat Pack Antenna album received 5 stars in the Times from Stewart Lee and You Are Hear Sessions 2002-6 CD.
1999-2001 A director of the Community Media Association.http://www.commedia.org.uk
Sept 2006 – Present: Canterbury Christ Church University, Senior Lecturer delivering practical modules in all aspect of Radio Production and theory: Advertising, Drama, Magazine Shows, Music Radio, Podcasting, Documentary, Features, Contemporary Broadcasting policy and practice, Radio Art and Radio Studies.
October 2004 – June 2005: Thames Valley University. Radio Lecturer.
October 2003 – June 2004: Sunderland University. Radio Lecturer.
June 1998 – Sept 2003: Lewisham College, London. Course Leader, BTEC (Audio) Radio Lecturer.
2016 Tree Radio for “Reflections on Process in Sound”
2015 Radio Art issue of Setup4 magazine run by WESERBURG Museum of Arts Centre for Artists’ Publications article on radio art practice
2014 Guest edited at series Radio Art Reflections for Sounding Out Journal and wrote The New Wave on Radio Arts in the UK
2007 Contributor to the Alternative Media Handbook, Routledge.
2006 Published You Are Hear Sessions 2002-5 CD compilation of radio sessions on Hearing Aid Records.Pram, Juana Molina, Murcof, The Lonesome Organist, Man From Uranus, Germlin, Robotobibok, Momus, Ninki V, CarterTutti, Asja Auf Capri, No Bra, Miss Hawaii, Noxagt, David Grubbs, Oxbow, This is the Kit, Oddfellows Casino and Vanishing Breed.
2005 Contributor to the Community Radio Toolkit, CMA Radio Regan.
2003 Set up Hearing Aid Records and released a vinyl limited edition album, Flat Pack Antenna for Resonance FM, featuring 29 contributing artists including Gavin Turk, Marcia Farquhar, John Wynne and Jem Finer. Received three stars in The Times From Stuart Lee and raised £6000 for Resonance FM.
2015/17: Tate Modern, Goldsmiths Women in Sound, Sound + Environment 2017 University of Hull, Sound Art Matters Kunst Haus Gallery Aarhus DK, Critical Waves, ICA. Keynote Net Station Conference University of Bragga Portugal. Brighton Digital Festival Radio // Future Sounds Conference, YSP, UAL, ECREA Radio Research Madrid, Story of Sound for Lighthouse Arts Brighton Pavilion, Camden Peoples Theatre.
2013/14: Outside Sounds Exrapool, Holland, Symposium on Acoustic Ecology Kent University, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London. Radio Conference, Bedford University. ECREA Radio Research Conference, University of Sunderland, London. University of Kent. International Radio Conference, University of Bedford. University of Sunderland. Theatre in the Cloud, Gulbenkian Theatre, Artist Book Fair Whitechapel Gallery, London.
2011/2012: Trans X Transmission Art Symposium Toronto, (Radio Art),Transmission Arts Colloquium NYC, Radio Art. Universitat Abat Oliba, CEU Barcelona, (Community Media in the UK.) University of the Arts LCC, (Women Voices on the Radio), Milan University Italy, (Community Media in the UK.)
2006-10: Sunderland University, Thames Valley University, Central St Martins, Sienna University,University of St Andrews, London School of Economics, London Metropolitan University, London College of Communications, Chelsea College of Art, Deep Wireless Festival Toronto, Dana Centre London Science Museum, The Big Chill Festival and the CMA Radio Festival.
Specialist record playing at new music/arts events
Big Chill Festival and its radio station, Green Man Festival, The ICA, The South Bank, Cargo, 92 Feet East, the Garage, Sonic Arts Network events and venues across London. Contributor with Brian Eno on BBC Radio One’s One Worlds experimental special, on panel with John Peel at Big Chill discussing the future of radio in the UK, organised You Are Hear live music events at Cargo London.
Furtherfield, Afloat, Resurgence & Ecologist, Art Dependence Magazine, This is tomorrow Contemporary Art Magazine, Aesthetica, London Live TV, The Guardian, A-N, Radio Survivor, WOW, Musik Magazine, Sleaze Nation, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Wire, Mute, Frieze, Time Out, The Guardian, The Independent, Metro, Evening Standard, West End Extra, BBC, TLS, Etapes, Thanet Times and The Irish Times.
PhD, University of the Arts London (2015), MA in Radio Distinction: Sunderland University (2005), PGCE (PCET): Greenwich University (1997) BA (Hons) Sociology: Goldsmiths College University of London (1991).
Winner Lightworks Festival Sound Commission Radio Mind 2012
Selected for Unbinding the Book Commission and Exhibitions, Spiritual Radio 2014
Selected for Art for the Environment Residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2015
Winner Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Award, Tree Radio Canterbury Christchurch University 2015
Finalist of Engine Room International Sound Art Prize, Morley Gallery, Spiritual Radio London 2015
Finalist Jerwood Open Forest 2016 Whispering Trees
Finalist BASCA, British Composer Award 2016, Sonic Art Tree Radio
Selected for Barbican Alt 2017