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The Far Becomes Near: When Iron Speaks



The Far Becomes Near is a four part radio series creatively archiving the history of radio broadcasting in the United Arab Emirates, from before the UAE’s formation to current digital systems. The programmes are radiophonic experiments punctuated by interviews with local historians, academics, cultural commentators and the federation’s earliest broadcasters. While the works mention places and dates, this series reimagines the documentary in an almost theatrical manner, with each episode imaginatively exploring a different form. Sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver treat the interviews as threads, weaving a radiophonic story as each distinct episode unfolds. Episode 1: When Iron Speaks: A transmission from the future. Beamed from space to the present day as an archived audio database, recent history is observed by people of another millennium. The archive of early memories are primary and secondary sources, describing a Gulf tuned in to a world outside. Artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver collaborate across a variety of performance, sculpture, and media practices. They work with experimental music, radio, performance, and sculpture, and, in a world dominated by visual culture, investigate sound as a means to establish and question new sets of social relations between subjects and space.
 

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