The Archive of Future Signals (Audio)

Sep 11, 2020
Created and Introduced by Karen Werner (2020).
I created The Archive of Future Signals as part of my Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship. The piece is a radio play inspired by some of the works I included in the Wave Farm Radio Art Archive, in particular the radio plays. I love the ways these radio plays bring the listener into a psychoacoustic world, weaving in humor, absurdity and politics. So I decided to try out this hörspiel form myself. The Archive of Future Signals is about the abandoned FM spectrum in Norway, where I recently moved. It’s also about the politics of archives, a topic I became interested in while selecting works for the Wave Farm Radio Art Archive and reckoning with the apparent whiteness of the genre. The Archive of Future Signals questions archives and the ways they reveal but also conceal the past, present and possible futures of radio and radio art. Thank you to two radio art comrades in Norway, Maia Urstad and William Kudahl, who joined me in performing in The Archive of Future Signals. And to Wave Farm for the rich opportunity of this fellowship. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2019/2020, Karen Werner.