(Re)Making Radio with Shortwave Collective

PhD student Lisa Hall recently appeared in an episode on the podcast Phantom Power, discussing the work of the Shortwave Collective. In the episode, the group discusses their piece Receive-Transmit-Receive and their work teaching people to create their own affordable open-wave receivers.

Shortwave Collective is an international, feminist artist group established in May 2020, interested in the creative use of radio. We meet regularly to discuss feminist approaches to amatuer radio and the radio spectrum as artistic material, sharing resources, considering DIY approaches and inclusive structures. 

The collective is Alyssa Moxley, Georgia Muenster, Sally A. Applin, Kate Donovan, Maria Papadomanolaki, Brigitte Hart, Lisa Hall and Hannah Kemp-Welch with associate rainbow members Sasha Engelmann and Franchesca Casauay.

Their project Constellations of Listening shares 22 hours of the Shortwave Collective engaged in collective and solitary listening experiences as we searched for radio reception through Open Wave-Receivers and other devices such as VHF and VLF receivers, software-defined radio, walkie-talkies, and electromagnetic detectors. Our collective material was sourced over many months and seasons, and across different time zones, from listening sites that connect environments, technologies and voices.

Lisa Hall is a sound artist and researcher exploring urban environments as a context for everyday sonic communications, connections and entanglements. Collaborative and solo projects are often sited, relational and participatory, staged as walks, rides, workshops, performances, curations, writings, interventions and sound installations. Lisa explores how sound is, or could be, part of everyday living, asking what holds sonic behaviours and hearings in place, and how else this could be. 

Lisa is currently a PhD student at University of Oxford researching urban sound environments through artistic knowledge, supervised by Gascia Ouzounian.

Lisa's background includes a Fine Arts and Sound Arts education, many years of collaborative work with The Bicrophonic Research Institute, feminist radio practice with Shortwave Collective, and long standing employment with practice-based sound arts research centre CRiSAP, Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, at University of the Arts London.

To listen to the episode, please visit the Phantom Power website

To find out more about the Shortwave Collective and their Constellations of Listening project, please visit their website.