Art Transmission will be exhibiting in POP – 64-66 High Street, Chatham, Kent from Thursday 25th Sept – Saturday 4th Oct

Art Transmission will be exhibiting in POP – 64-66 High Street, Chatham, Kent from Thursday 25th Sept – Saturday 4th Oct

(Exhibition open 25th, 26th, 27th September and 2nd, 3rd and 4th October. 12-6pm Exhibition closes at 2.00pm on 4th October)

The exhibition is a culmination of Art Transmission that took place from September 2013 – October 2014 in swale for BRFM Bridge radio through the Daniel Monday Night Community Show and

features the sound work of artists  Jim Whelton who worked with The Sittingbourne Kemsley Light Railway,

Jane Pitt  who worked with Minster Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Club, Kate Chapman who worked with the Sheppey Horticultural Society,

with photographs by Simon Martin 

Art Transmission a project to make new sound art for the airwaves on BRFM Bridge radio through the Daniel Monday Night Community Show

https://arttransmissionradioexperiment.wordpress.com/ and is funded by Ideas Test (Creative People & Places: Swale & Medway), which is an Arts Council Programme designed to get more people engaged in the Arts.

This is a pod cast from when Daniel and the art transmission team presented a one off special radio show all about Art Transmission on London’s art radio station Resonance 104.4fm

#podcast http://youtu.be/k9ZBEeX6iZ0

This is a pod cast from when Daniel and the art transmission team presented a one off special radio show all about Art Transmission on London’s art radio station Resonance 104.4fm the show was first broadcast live on Saturday the 13th of September at 2.30pm and then repeated on Tuesday 16 September, 07:00 – 08:00 am

comprises three radio projects recently commissioned by FrancisKnight, the Kent based arts organisation with funding from Ideas Test – a radio experiment by the Isle of Sheppey station BRFM Bridge Radio. Presenter Daniel Nash is joined by artists Jim Whelton, Jane Pitt and Kate Chapman, as well as Laura and Louise of FrancisKnight for this special one-off broadcast.

The art transmission team and BRFM Bridge radio would like to say a big thank you to London’s art radio station Resonance 104.4fm for giving us this opportunity

#ArtTransmission BRFM 9.56 will be on Resonance FM 104.4 FM in London today at 2:30

#ArtTransmission BRFM 9.56 will be on Resonance FM 104.4 FM in London today at 2:30

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All six episodes of ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ & All 4 episodes of the “Don’t tickle me…Punch” (a radio programme piece of sound art) are all available as podcasts

All six episodes of ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ (a radio programme piece of sound art) Art Transmission #1 by sound artist Jim Whelton working with the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway are all available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVQqwRHcZFYCgnUg1xAgmugchZNvzirif And All 4 episodes of the podcast  “Don’t tickle me…Punch” (a radio programme piece of sound art) Art Transmission #2 By sound artist Jane Pitt & the Minster golden gloves boxing club are all available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVQqwRHcZFYAivq1jCAaH4AXr2vmy3wwa

upcoming episodes of ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ By sound artist Jim

upcoming episodes of ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’  By sound artist Jim 

Episode Three: Metals – for 21/04/14 will predominantly feature the metallic sounds that abound in the SKLR environs.

Episode Four: The Event – for 28/04/14 will feature a lengthy tale about the challenges of transporting conceptual art  on a light railway network.

Episode Five: Wildlife – for 05/05/14 will explore the habitat (including sections of the track and Milton Creek) and cast an eye over some of the local difficulties facing the SKLR and the spirited way the volunteers respond.

all episodes  will be aired after 8:00pm on BR FM Bridge Radio 95.6fm in swale and live online at http://www.brfm.net or http://tunein.com/radio/BRFM-956-s92168/ and as a podcast  after @ https://arttransmissionradioexperiment.wordpress.com/sound-art-podcasts/jim-whelton-art-transmission-1-sklr-press-your-ear-to-the-rail/

 

 

podcast Art Transmission #1 Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ first episode ‘Steam’ By sound artist Jim Whelton

podcast Art Transmission #1 Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway ‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ first episode ‘Steam’ By sound artist Jim Whelton. Art Transmission is a project to make new sound art for the airwaves on BRFM Bridge radio through the Daniel Monday Night Community Show
Direct link you tube http://youtu.be/fnJlIknZsDw
& getmedia http://www.getmedia.org.uk/arts/art-transmission-1-sittingbourne-kemsley-light-railway-press-ear-rail-first-episode-steam-sound-artist-jim-whelton/

Kate Chapman’s blog post about the weekend.

I’m not very good with keys – so when I arrived at the Medway Road allotments in Sheerness on Saturday afternoon, I was convinced I’d brought the wrong set. I couldn’t get any of them to work in the padlock. Perhaps I’d brought the keys for my allotment back home in Nottingham by mistake.

After a phone call home and a deep breath I went back to the padlock and tried a few more times. I opened the gate and my panic subsided. It just takes patience – patience is a virtue – patience is a virtue which I seem to have in small quantities.

It strikes me that patience is something that good allotmenteers have plenty of – patience and faith. Looking at the rotated plots of heavy clay with the tops of tiny onions poking through, I was impressed at the patience and faith of experienced gardeners.

I needed a good dose of these myself. I was getting worried that I wasn’t explaning my idea for the art transmission project very well to the allotmenteers. Did it sound like pretentious nonsense, do they think I’m some kind of journalist, will I be able to make it work?

I’ve discovered that the only way to keep my doubting heart at bay – is to stop thinking and start doing. On Saturday afternoon , even though the sun was shining, the allotments were quiet. I had forgotten about the Grand National…………..

I decided to take a simple route and start with an easy question. I’d ask people if I could record what they were doing and then see if that would lead into a conversation about what they hear when they’re on the allotment and what the sounds mean to them.

I spotted a woman I hadn’t met before doing some digging so I asked her if I could record her. She agreed quite readily. I pointed the microphone at her spade and off she went. It’s hard work – the earth is heavy. This was more than just digging – she had to dig out big clumps, set it down, chop them up with her spade and then put it back into the bed. All for this for spuds.Good old spuds. “Good for the bingo wings too!” she assured me.

She told me that she’s a carer, and the allotment is her way of getting away from it all for a while. She liked the sound of the birds. She didn’t know anything about them. She just liked to hear them.

After that I wandered around in the sunshine, recorded the birds and the resident cockerel who was in fine voice. I headed to the Nursery Close allotments and recorded Dave’s bees. I was so mesmerised by the sound that came through my headphones as I recorded them that I forgot that bees might sting.  It was like entering another world, eavesdropping on a conversation in a language I couldn’t understand.

Back at Medway Road I found Steve hacking away at the ground on his plot in preparation for rotivation and then a spot of spud planting. As I approached him across the site, it struck me that the image of him leaning over, chopping into the earth with so much effort, is an image as ancient as mankind. The sound was intense too – his physical effort, the pause as he swung the cutting tool above his head and then brought it down onto the hard ground with a deadening thud. I recorded him for a whie and then he wanted me to have a go – so we agreed that he would record me doing it. At first I was barely tickling the surface of the ground – but I eventually got a bit of a technique going. After a few feet of ground I was exhausted. We stopped and looked at all the ground he still had to cover.  Rather him than me.

After some rotivator recording for the rotivator symphony I’m planning, I chatted to Mr Poppy. Peter Poppy is 87 and he’s lived in Sheerness all his life. He has many stories to tell.  He showed me around his allotment. He’s planted 100s of onions – he likes them baked with a Sunday roast. When he was five he could drive a horse and cart. He grew up delivering coal across Sheppey until trucks and vans took over from horse power. This still pains him and when he talks about it, it seems as though it happened only yesterday. He’s a horse lover. He talks about the horses he had as if they were members of his family.

In spite of all this recording, I still unsure about what it is I’m making. People suggest more sound for me to record and they help me to do it: kettle boiling, tea making, hoeing, mowing, potato planting, the polytunnels flapping in the wind, watering seeds in the greenhouse, filling a watering can, distant voices chatting. Where it all leads I’m still not quite sure but with a little patience and faith I think green shoots will start to show.

post by sound artist Kate Chapman