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Tara Downs combines art, anthropology and museology in installations created with partner Bart Sabel, as Miniature Museum.
Radio Droogdok is her sonic off shoot that launched in April 2018, thanks to Arts Council England funding, on resoundradio.org for SVA SITE Festival. She collected and sculpted stories into a series of ‘Transition Transmissions’ – broadcasts from Dutch docklands to post-industrial Stroud from a Miniature Museum-Radio Droogdok mobile radio hut.
In 2019 a new venture was launched with the Radio Droogdok radio hut taking a fortnight hut-in-residence at Museum In The Park, and presenting a new collaboration with Jonny Fluffypunk. Jonny performed his show from the hut ‘Test Transmission From The Edge of The World’ as part of Stroud Theatre Festival. Many thanks to Stroud Festival and The Museum In The Park for supporting that happening.
The Radiophonic Hut rolls on since with tech developments and new experiments in collaboration with Jonny and other artists, participants and partners, thanks to ACE for another stage of project funding!
We’ve now received development funding from Arts Council England, which is brilliant, and means that corrugated tin Radio Hut can be stuffed with ancient radio gear that’s hacked and gutted and rigged up to work how we want it to work. The Radio Hut is intended to tour as an installation to all sorts of weird and wonderful spaces, and my Test Transmission show, designed to be performed as part of the installation, will now- thanks to input from ace experts in England and Amsterdam- be developed to be less just words coming out of my face, and more interaction with the wonderful ancient fizzing Bakelite radio technology. A show about radio that gradually BECOMES radio.
It’ll be ace and I’m excited about it.
Extra thanks to...
Jo Leahy of SVA for the opportunity and inspiration
Valerie van Leersum for research explorations and creative collaborations
Maco Euan McAleece for initiation into podcasting
Swampwood for all beautiful Radio Droogdok designs
MrsThinkyThoughtHead for website mentoring & development