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Paperweight Radio: Invitation for Statements of Interest

A second series of Paperweight Radio: Explorations in Visual and Material Culture has been commissioned by Resonance FM, the Arts Council-funded radio station based in London.

The shows, which look to showcase recent and contemporary work in the fields of visual and material culture (broadly understood) to a generalist audience, will be broadcast in June and July and I am opening up an invitation to those who are interested in being a guest.

Each show is themed; the first series included the themes Screen, Ghosts, Maker Culture, Paper, Light, Mother/Daughter and The Ecological.

For the second series, I am developing the following themes:

  • Animal
  • Gravity/Space
  • Domesticating the Modernist Body
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media

If your work could be broadly understood under one of these headers, and you are interested in being a guest, do please send a statement of interest to jckristensen@paperweightanewspaper.com.

As you can understand, the lead times are very short and although I am still waiting final confirmation of exact broadcast dates and times from the station’s scheduling department, do please send your statements sooner rather than later.

As a further note, if you are interested in appearing on the show, and your work does not fall under one of these themes, I am still interested in hearing from you.

For information, the shows are broadcast live from Resonance’s studios on Borough High Street, London, SE1. However, we do have various pre-recording options for both domestic and international guests with schedules and/or geographic locations that mean they can not be present for the live show. Each interview lasts circa. 15 minutes, and guests are invited to choose a piece of music related to their research to be played at the end of their slot.

Once, Upon An Object

Written for the exhibition ‘You And That Thing There’ held at the APT Gallery, from  14 February – 3 March 2014.

Let me tell you a thing. Once upon an object, there … No … Let me try again … The object is a foreign country; it does things differently … No. No, no, no … Let’s change tack; let’s work from the outside.

First, send your glance towards those things. There they lie, littering the ground, cast aside but then brought ‘out of chance’, standing bare. Cast your eyes over that pile of evocative objects, and feel the pull of their (attempted) seduction. Now, turn your head to rest your gaze on that abandoned desk, with its top right-hand drawer half-open, offering a glimpse of some rifled-through paraphernalia whose secret magical lives appear to loiter in the half-light. And there, behind you, those one hundred objects, served up and unveiled one after another, as artefacts through which have been built a story of the world.

And yet.

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