PirateBlocRadio : In Situ

27 - 28 May 2017, 14:00 - 21:00

  • Opening hours: Sat - Sun, 14:00 - 21:00
  • Alexis Bellavance
  • Amanda Dawn Christie
  • Darsha Hewitt
  • Mark Lowe
  • Andrew O’Connor
  • Martín Rodríguez

PirateBlocRadio: In Situ, is a series of 6 radio performances-interventions in the public space. All the performances use the medium of radio to explore new sound practices, but also to divert or criticize it and explore its subversive possibilities.

All performances will take place around Kabane77, located at the intersection of Little-Italy and Mile End (77 Bernard East). Suitable for all ages, families are welcome. Bring your own portable FM radio! 


SATURDAY MAY 27th                                                               

  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Andrew O’Connor                                       
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Alexis Bellavance                                      
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Amanda Dawn Christie                             


ANDREW O'CONNOR // Mobile Transmitter Test #1: The Harvard Sentences is a performed installation for low watt FM transmitters, and handheld radios.  Set in an open public space like a park, the piece is performed by 4 people, equipped with mobile low watt transmitters moving around a designated area in a choreographed pattern. Each performer carries with them a handheld FM transmitter.  Each transmitter is set on the same frequency, and broadcasts a different loop of material all created out of archival recordings of The Harvard Sentences, a collection of phonetically balanced phrases used for standardized testing of transmission equipment.  

ALEXIS BELLAVANCE // The Kabane77 will transform into a giant reverb box. This old butcher shop’s abandon walls will be the principal instrument for this audio project produced with the help of live and pre-recorded sounds. The building’s west façade falling into disrespair, will become the port of entry as well as the exit point of the artist. He will shoot sounds at it that will come back in a different form. Input – Output. Listen to it on FM band !

AMANDA DAWN CHRISTIE // Requiem for Radio : Full Quiet Flutter is an interactive performance for human bodies, electrons and radiowaves.  Architecture, technology, history, and the human body come together in this near-supernatural conjuring of the spirits of the Radio Canada International (RCI) shortwave towers.This performance is a requiem for the Radio Canada International shortwave site that was located near the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and transmitted shortwave radio around the world from 1944 – 2014.  

MARTÍN RODRÍGUEZ // Mobile users want better video calls, streaming television and faster downloads, all of which utilize the radio spectrum. As a result, more of the radio bandwidth is being allocated for commercial gain, placing more demands on the limited radio spectrum availableFM Mutiny simultaneously repurposes the entire FM-band in rapid succession revealing the saturation of information that constantly solicits our attention while creating an ephemeral portrait of the current radio spectrum. The creative re-allocation of these frequencies is an act of defiance that distructs the content of the broadcast while empowering the listeners to take control of the radio space.

DARSHA HEWITT // DIY Mobile Phone Feedback is an audio-based work that transforms the standard mobile phone into an instrument for spontaneous sound performance with audible feedback. For PirateBlocRadio In Situ, the artist presents two facets of her material investigation into this echoing, high frequency phenomenon: an audio composition made with two phones and a limited edition poster commissioned by Halle 14 Leipzig (Germany) that explains the technical breakdown of electronic feedback.

MARK LOWE // Using the building and surrounding site itself as contact points for a live circuit, the work Evisceration of Context uses forceful extraction of essence of the site by clamping onto Kabane 77 and existing surrounding detritus with thick car boosting cables that close off sections of the circuit to mirror in sound the decay and decline of the location. Employing multiple car battery boosting cables as trigger points for an open transistor circuit, Mark Lowe will do a short performance in where he will clamp the jaw-like cable ends to different parts of the Kabane 77 structure and surrounding objects to complete the circuit (After which the audience is welcome to try it as well). The circuit itself is also highly susceptible to surrounding AM Radio frequencies and other RF signals that will be crossing the location, intruding on the noise being made by the connected cables in the circuit which mimic a visual reference to eviscerating sound from the site itself.

27 - 28 May 2017, 14:00 - 21:00

  • Opening hours: Sat - Sun, 14:00 - 21:00