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.


“Hello? Hello Can you hear me? Yes. Where are you? I’m outside looking out of the window. Where? – Here, near here #RepeatorTransmission” (Repeator, 2017). Accompanied by an image, a figure against a background of concrete and sky, viewed through a window, but who is the spectator?

There was something ephemeral about this tweet, words on the wind, there and then not there. I wanted to know who was ‘there’, and where was ‘there’, who was listening, who was looking, what were they looking at. It made me think about conversation broken into fragments that merge with every other sound and create the cacophony of a city speaking.

This tweet by @Repeator123 forms part of an ongoing research and experimental residency between Cathy Wade and Laurence Price of Repeator and Ryan Hughes of Office for Art Design & Technology. In a world where we are surrounded by layers of communication, where we take for granted our ability to interact both physically and virtually and where we perform and interact daily across social media. Repeator’s four day event, ‘Repeator:Transmission, Launch, Broadcast and Live Event’ at Coventry Artspace’s venue City Arcadia, looks at biotic, symbiotic and inorganic communication, exploring how this manifests and projects; a collage and layering of different technology, interactivity, performance and experimental risk taking.

Coventry has been the nearest city to me throughout my life. Always known as ‘the concrete city’ it has always been best known for its football club, extreme poverty and its infamous ring road. It is a city that is ascending through and out of its concrete shackles. Repeator:Transmission are experiencing this pivotal time and are acknowledging, responding and disseminating it. Embracing the many layers that make up a city, acknowledging the collage of old and new, the physical, the digital, the analogue, the sensory but not only that.

On arriving at the event, I walked through the once thriving, now uncared for shopping precinct towards the double fronted and unassuming former retail unit. I am first greeted by a projection on the left hand window, in shadow form, all detail abstracted I make out the shapes of people within, a shadow performance intrinsically layered with projected moving images. Pushing open the door I sense an anomaly in the ground beneath me which causes me to pause and look down, as my feet tread on carefully placed salt, a slight crunch and I am over the threshold.

To my left a bowl sits isolated across the dusty concrete floor, it is unassuming yet pulls me towards it. Being held within it is more salt, as if it is a gift, a symbolic offering of friendship, a moment to purify before moving through the threshold. A linear visual scan brings me to a small low table, a structure synonymous with sharing, a place for people to connect with one another. Directly ahead of me stands an archway which would be imposing if it weren’t for its transparency, this structure creates a flow through the room from one threshold to another. I was aware of movement on the wall to my right, and see a fish-eye view of the city projected onto the wall, taking me on a journey up and down steps, through another shopping area, glimpses of glass and steel, people going about their daily lives. I see weather, people, structures, nature. The space leads to a two-part structure, it is both black and white, folds within it create hidden layers, side by side as if the concrete roads and paths covered in tarmac have been rotated 90 degrees.

Once the audience had all stepped through the threshold, the performance began. As spectators we were voyeurs, eavesdropping as Cathy and Laurence became the city and the city dweller, passing information between each other via hand-held walkie talkies. We cannot see Cathy we can only hear her and as the information is shared between them and therefore to us, we watch visual information projected on the wall. Combine this with the instinctive reactionary sound algorithm provided by Samuel Rodgers and the city becomes focused into that one time and place yet the audience are taken on a journey outside of the space and time around the city.

City Somatic:Un-orientating Coventry’ on the Saturday took performance further, no longer spectators but participants in a drift, a walk with no agenda other than to experience the life of the city whilst information was shared between the city and its participants. Discovering and really looking at what was around me, starting above the city at the top of the City Arcade car park which is empty of cars, the crumbling concrete, its layers exposed is in complete contrast to the new steel and glass architecture that has come along to usurp it in other parts of the city. Continuing the walk down into the markets and the shopping centres, connected by pathways, stairways and the underpass.The mural within one of the shopping centres where many of us took trace rubbings, the steel and glass of the roof of a shopping arcade back lit by a particularly blue sky that day. The sound of vehicles, the roar of a big bore exhaust, the hum of stationary traffic, the rustle of a discarded crisp packet blown by the wind. A soundtrack of human industry, conversations between stallholder and customer, the footsteps of many as they walk around and through, some fast and purposeful, others slow and meandering. Sweets being tipped onto metal scales, the squeal of the wheels of a stock trolley. Feeling the change of temperature on my skin as I walk from one threshold into another reminding me that outside feels different to inside.

All this information was transmitted, echoed and repeated with Repeator via paper, photographs, the internet; written/recorded words, still and moving images. Received, analysed and discussed with peers on the final day of the event, Temporal Frequences, broadcast live from within City Arcadia to a public audience was the end of this four day event but not the end of the project. The project continues not only through Repeator’s twitter feed but continued research and analysis and I am excited to see what comes next.


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.



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.