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Hannah Sawtell, MAYDAY: The Booth

Hannah Sawtell's MAYDAY:THE BOOTH is a live radio broadcast for The Island on which was presented during ‘lunch-hour’ 13.00 to 14.00 (EDT) on 1 May 2012 from the Clocktower Gallery in Downtown Manhattan. 

MAYDAY:THE BOOTH was created from recordings, collaborations and contributions from workers who responded aurally to the idea of 'May Day' (International Worker's Day) and what it means to them today. It was broadcast live against the backdrop of immigration law demonstrations in the U.S. and the occupy solidarity rally at Union Square, Manhattan.

MAYDAY: THE BOOTH was made with sound contributions from: Mary Adossides, Mark Beasley, Iain Boal, Miguel Boncha, Rachel Bradley, Edwin Burdis, Michael Callies, Canal ATM, Michael Collins, Angel Dahouk, Roger Cook, Dego, Eoin Donnelly, Luisa Duarte, Elizabeth the Activist, Joe Hill’s Ghost, Cornwall Anti Cuts, Christine Ellison, Korie Enyard, Jennifer Evans, Ruth Ewan, Dan Fox, Freee, Keith Fyans, Carleton Gholz, Fiona Goggin, Anthea Hamilton, Seamus Harahan, Head Gallery, Aaron Hewgley, Jamie Jameson, Ron Cephas Jones, Jesse Jones, Kito Jumanne, Juan from Dominican Republic, Keiron Livingstone, Peter Linebaugh, R Lynne, Thierry Michel, Malcolm Mooney, Esther Moroze, Alastair Mckinven, Paradox Choir, Lizzie Phelan, Leon Pinsky, Nina Power, Alun Rowlands, Temporary Secretary, Nicola Seyd, Shake, Lesley Sharpe, Tom Siracuse, Billy Steven, Stephen Sutcliffe, Mind Your Business The Fake Designer Bag Seller, Javaid Tariq, Milly Thompson, Jessica Traylen, Sam Webb, Robert Wyatt, and Rohan Young.

Hannah Sawtell born (1971), lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include Piano Lesson, Vilma Gold, London (2012); ICA Artist Film Club, ICA, London (2011); LUX Touring Programme 2011/12, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Tramway, Glasgow and First Site, Colchester; Exploring The Abstract, Tate St Ives (2011); Serpentine Cinema, The Gate, London (2010). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at the ICA, London.

The Island Studio Sessions is a long term research project curated by The Island in collaboration with the Clocktower Gallery and in New York City. Manifesting as a series of residencies, exhibitions and radio broadcasts, The Island Studio Sessions uses the context of the Clocktower Gallery and its online radio station as a framework for investigating various strands of research.

The Island’s Clocktower Residency forms part of an ongoing collaboration between the two organisations, inaugurated in 2010 with a regular radio broadcast by The Island for that presents on-site recordings of UK-based performance, music, talks, artist interviews and specially commissioned artist projects. View The Island segments archived in partnership with here.

More information can be found on project on The Island’s website:

The Island Studio Sessions is supported by the British Council. With additional thanks to Stephen Kirk, Rachael Lawe and Harvey Somerfield.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


The Island


The Island radio series, produced and presented by curators Victoria Brooks and Andrew Bonacina, regularly presents on-site recordings of UK-based performance, music, panels and artist interviews. The Island also partners with the Clocktower Gallery on The Island Studio Sessions, a long-term research project that includes a series of residencies, exhibitions and radio broadcasts. The first two residents as part of the project are UK-based artists Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell. These residencies are made possible by a collaboration between The Island (Andrew Bonacina and Victoria Brooks, curators) and the Clocktower (Alanna Heiss, curator). The Island is an itinerant non-profit organisation that develops curatorial projects in dialogue with international partners. The Island is committed to a collaborative model for working with organisations and artists across the globe to explore the critical potential of cultural exchange.