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Live broadcast: ‘Who cares? A radio tale’ at Resonance FM

Text by CLOT Magazine

Naz Bescan, Ibrahim Cisse, Harriet Costello, Benedetta d’Ettorre, Alba Folgado and Agata Kik are the curators behind Who cares? A radio tale. They will turn Gasworks into a live broadcast studio next the 10th and 13th of May as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art. Who cares? A radio tale has been commissioned by Resonance FM as part of Strands and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Who cares? A radio tale theoretical framework lies on the subject of affective labour. Defined by philosopher Michael Hardt as ‘labour that produces or manipulates affects’ is commonly understood as invisible. What are the implications of having to manage emotions in the workplace? What kind of emotional work is expected in capitalist economies?

What do care and labour demand from its workers? These are some of the questions we will discuss in two live broadcast sessions. These sessions will include international collaborators like Céline Berger, Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa, Eva Fàbregas, Temi Odumosu, Claudia Pagès, Elisa Giardina Papa, Rosalie Schweiker with Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis, Salomé Voegelin, Women of Colour Index Reading Group and Jon Wozencroft.

The 10 May session is hosted by art historian, academic educator, and author Temi Odumosu. In her research practice, Temi combines augmented reality (AR), sound, media projection, and performance and explores how art mediates social transformation and healing. She has recently published Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour (Harvey Miller, 2017).

The session will include Claudia Pagès’ live performance of sound with the spoken word; Céline Berger’s recordings of conversations and noises from her time spent on a wind farm in the Baltic Sea; and Jon Wozencroft’s sound seminar, a trance-like journey with an immersive mix of records.

The 13 May session opens with the Women of Colour Index Reading Group, followed by Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa’s new multilingual sound sketch of a Chilean ‘bird man’ who works to resist the advances of the industry. And lastly, artist Rosalie Schweiker investigates who gets bonuses and why.

Who cares? A radio tale has been developed in partnership with Gasworks, Resonance FM, the Royal College of Art and Curating Contemporary Art Programme (CCA).

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