Repeator are working with Office for Art, Design and Technology through an extended residency, utilising the award of the Professional Development Bursary to spend time together to explore common interests. The time that the bursary enables us to spend together result’s in a deeper understanding of, and engagement with the issues which exist at the core of both of our collective practices.

Initially Repeator (Cathy Wade & Laurence Price) have used time to explore Coventry together to research the renewal of the city and to build a better understanding of Coventry’s recent and forthcoming regeneration and how it will impact on contemporary arts practices in the city. This is particularly pressing considering several major redevelopment schemes and the pending City of Culture 2021 bid. From these actions within the city they have begun a dialogue that explores the nature of broadcasting and use of social media to transmit information within the city of Coventry.

Repeator will be taking the outcomes of their research with Office for Art Design and Technology into Coventry Artspace’s City Arcadia Gallery to manifest the first Repeator:Transmission programme; broadcasting narratives out to new audiences and inviting further collaboration through walks, recordings and utterances within the city.

A series of events has been planned to take place from the 20th – 23rd of April which are detailed below:

Thursday 20th of April: 6pm – 9pm Transmission broadcasting with Samuel Rodgers from 6pm: plus post-performance music sets from Repeator & others.

Friday 21st April: 12am-pm Repeator live, a public performance of Repeator:Transmission-a summation from City Arcadia Gallery. Refreshments served and public seating for listening/watching throughout.

Saturday 22nd April 2pm – 4pm “City Somatic: Unorienting Coventry” a public walk followed by Pot Luck dinner in City Arcadia Gallery.

Sunday 23rd April 12-4pm Exhibition open, Temporal Frequencies, a closed talk with invited guests to be broadcast live outside the exhibition staged in two sessions: 12.00 – 1.30pm & then 2.00 – 3.30pm.


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Having identified that Repeator:Transmission and Office for Art, Design and Technology share similar aesthetic, theoretical and philosophical outlooks we began undertaking a collaborative residency to explore each others practices in more detail and to delve into Coventry, a city undergoing major redevelopment.

This collaborative residency was focused through a pair of processes, firstly transmission and broadcast and secondly a series of working ‘methodologies’, this allowed us to make effective use of our limited time together and to really gain insights into the inner workings of Coventry and each others practices.

The idea, and relative accessibility and affordability, of networked communication really facilitated the 3 of us staying in touch and exchanging ideas and content through out the residency, however, perhaps more interestingly this thinking around using technology to reach out and communicate more widely really informed works produced and the form of the works. Similarly the ‘methodologies’ focused our time together but also acted creatively and set the tone for a series of collaborative activities and ways of exploring the city which included climbing, walking and drinking among many others.

After several weeks of struggling to get the trio of us into the same city at the same time we decided to take the residency public through an exhibition and series of events including talks, performances and a walk and meal. This was also an opportunity to engage an audience and extend the methodologies which we had been adopting out to a much wider group of participants.

In the lead up to this exhibition we moved into City Arcadia, a gallery space operated by Coventry Artspace, this period of our time together allowed for material experimentation on a scale not afforded by the studio space which Office for Art, Design and Technology occupy. We began working with back projection into public facing windows, inflatable sculpture and temporary architectures made from graphite rubbings of the cement floor. Other experiments taking place in the space included working with salt, sound, tape loops, DJing techniques and live feeds of moving image bouncing from wall to wall and first floor to the second floor and eventually from the gallery out into the wider shopping centre.

The events taking place within this time in City Arcadia included a walk around the city centre where participants we’re joined to each other by hashtags, walkie-talkies, shared listening and group decision making.

Conversations and elements of the works themselves suggested that Coventry is a city under flux, it is a city which is defined by growth and re-growth which is led by its inhabitants. The transparent, inflatable threshold which Repeator built to sit halfway through City Arcadia reflected this most poignantly with its periodic de-inflation and collapse, only for it to be patched up and reinstalled by participants, collaborators, visitors and inhabitants.


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Repeator:Transmission

In collaboration with Office For Art and Design Technology,

City Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

20th of April – 23rd of April.

On the 11th – 19th of April: Repeator embarked on its week-long off-site programme at Coventry’s City Arcadia Gallery. The event was launched on the 20th April after a week of intensive installation and testing of ideas with collaborators. Sounds were recorded, video rendered and temporary architecture constructed. As part of our residency we researched and completed research methodologies that were sent to us by our peers in advance of the broadcast* and communicated the outcomes via our Twitter on @repeator123. We are still encouraging people to communicate with us, so Tweet pictures, questions and statements with the hashtag #repeatortransmission.

We Launched the  #RepeatorTransmission event on the 20th of April, which included Transmission broadcasting* from 6pm: plus post-performance DJ sets from Repeator and our collaborators Ryan Hughes and Samuel Rodgers.

Traces became a dialogue with the recordings we took around the city. Time was jumbled through the layering of image and text. On the opening night a sound piece was improvised, that collected the layers of field recordings and spoken narratives that went alongside our walks through the city. Through this responses, echoes, statements and words uttered were cut and rerecorded then looped onto a tape loop whilst Samuel Rodgers created a central sonic algorithm within which Repeator located live narratives to and from.

During the Saturday the 21st the gallery was open for public to engage with us. On the 22nd April from 2-4pm members of the public joined us for “City Somatic: Un-orienting Coventry” a public walk followed by Pot Luck dinner in Coventry Artspace.

On the 22nd, we undertook a public walk “City Somatic: Unorienting Coventry” whereby walking was the method of exploration and exchange with flowing spaces of the city. Repeator led with their walkie talkies in tow, starting above ground on the 3rd floor above the gallery and onto the roof of the arcade, navigating the overt open spaces where the city meets the sky, navigating over man-made terrain. The group were given paper with which they could make rubbings with graphite to record the modernist street art of Coventry. We encountered ceramic tiles that depicted dinosaurs inside the malls of the precinct and the textures of the medieval designs on Saint John The Baptist Church. The group encountered AK47 designed glass shisha pipes in a coffee bar on Spun Street, instructions for shaking hands at Volgograd Memorial and many thresholds between civic and private zones. Underpasses, flyovers and modern bridges.

On Sunday the 23rd April 12-4pm the exhibition was open for ‘Temporal Frequencies’, a closed talk with invited artists and designers in an informal setting to address broadcasting, activism and communication. This was then broadcast live outside the exhibition using speakers and directional mic’s. We would like to thank: Andrew Jackson, Ines Elsa Dalal, Emily Mulenga, Guy Blundall, Keith Dodds, Leo Francisco , Ryan Hughes and Samuel Rodgers for taking part in this, and for what was a fascinating discussion that could have run and run.

We enjoyed the richness of testing ideas in a space located so centrally and so in keeping with the cities sense of Modernist design for recreation and city living. We enjoyed working with the public, engaging and creating spaces for discussion and contemplative actions within the city. We found that we really only touched the surface of what could be possible, we are now looking forward to considering how we could take our ideas further together as ambitious work in the future.


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