There’s just one month left to apply to the Artangel/Radio 4 Open submission competition. Marking the occasion, Open Air is a series of five new artist interventions to be broadcast on Radio 4 over the coming weekday mornings after the Today programme.
The audio shorts – each is just three minutes long – have been made in response to that particular moment in the station’s morning schedule, and will reinterpret how the airwaves might be thought about and listened to.
The week-long series begins on Monday 25 March and the first slot features London-based visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, best known for transforming sounds and music into visible, physical form using a variety of media.
On Tuesday, it’s the turn of Ruth Ewan whose 2007 Artangel commission saw over 100 buskers, in and around London, reinterpret Ewan MacColl’s 1964 song The Ballad of Accounting. Peter Strickland, director of the Berberian Sound Studio, will fill the midweek slot, while Thursday will feature another former Artangel commissioned artist, Susan Hiller. The week of interventions rounds off with a work by Ecce Homo artist Mark Wallinger.
An omnibus edition of all five audio pieces will be broadcast at 11am on Easter Saturday 30 March, alongside interviews with the artists discussing their involvement.
Click here to listen to an omnibus programme on BBC iPlayer featuring all five pieces plus interviews with each of the artists.
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