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The Radio Art Hour: Jasmina Al-Qaisi

Dec 10, 2022: 3pm - 4pm
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Produced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellows and Artistic Director Tom Roe.

"Homoniememorimorph" by Jasmina Al-Qaisi, introduced by José Alejandro Rivera, is featured today. Originally performed in 2020 for Anybody out there?! (100 Days of Radio in Germany) at D21 Artspace in Leipzig, Germany, Homoniememorimorph was a live radio experiment using auto-archival methods crafted on the go. Jasmina Al-Qaisi describes the radio action, of which she has excerpted and edited, as an “ongoing text writing method with, and for voice,” where she “re-writes her memory by crossing bridges between words.” "Homonimemoriorph," an invented word of a longer series of invented words by the artist, sonically and visually resembles other words. It is “a manifestation of misspelled speaking,” and a practice of Al-Qaisi as a poet, artist and radio maker. In the piece, she says the invented word is used “to define the words that I feel fit together,” and that “stands for me, being here taking over talking over the radio; trying to re-order my memories…to envision some sort of agency on what our memory is.” "Homonimemoriorph" casts a wide net which allows Al-Qaisi’s words to create and pass through multiple forms and meanings depending on what associations the listener makes. The improvised nature of the piece often results in overtly confessional moments that transform ordinary approaches to what is considered “useful” or “important” information. The first public instance of this project was streamed over internet radio, and broadcast on Radio Corax 95.9 FM and UKW 87.5; the latter, covering the vicinity of D21 Artspace. Due to an un-planned delay in her headphones, Al-Qaisi's voice, thinking, and as a result, the conversation with herself, was forced to slow down. Navigating this “live radio time stretch,” she spoke while sitting before a table of tiny, misplaced objects she gathered over the span of 15 years. They included scrap papers of invented words and poems, stones, shells, and pieces of metal items. As Al-Qaisi reflected on these objects, she re-wrote the importance they seemed to hold for her, and combined these new histories with samples of YouTube glitches that included insect, animal, and planet sounds, and samples of her friends attempting to pronounce “homonimemorimorph.” Episode 098.

Welcome to "The Radio Art Hour," a show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio. "The Radio Art Hour" draws from the Wave Farm Broadcast Radio Art Archive, an online resource that aims to identify, coalesce, and celebrate historical and contemporary international radio artworks made by artists around the world, created specifically for terrestrial AM/FM broadcast, whether it be via commercial, public, community, or independent transmission. Come on a journey with us as radio artists explore broadcast radio space through poetic resuscitations and playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers in this hour of radio about radio as an art form. "The Radio Art Hour" features introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and from Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows Karen Werner, Jess Speer, and Andy Stuhl. The Conet Project's recordings of numbers radio stations serve as interstitial sounds. Go to wavefarm.org for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.

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