The School of Broadcasting

Collective Hum by Black Obsidian Sound System (still) 2019, courtesy Evan Ifekoya
RESOLVE Collective, courtesy the artists
Evan Ifekoya – Prophetic Map I: Toju Ba Farabale; courtesy the artist
28Ritual Without Belief, installation view, Gasworks London, 2018; image courtesy Evan ifekoya

The School of Broadcasting is an informal self-education programme and audio-centric space for exploring the possibilities of broadcasting as a collective practice.

The first cohort of participants are joined by mentoring artists Evan Ifekoya and RESOLVE Collective, who will each offer different sonic routes for participants to explore on the airwaves, through a collective process of learning, organising and creating.

Mentored by RESOLVE

In our built environments – our homes, our neighbourhoods, our cities – we consistently forgo the waves around us for the particles. Walls and roads, shapes and lines, make up the literal building blocks of our understanding of the places we inhabit, yet so much of what we experience exists not in quanta but as part of an oscillating continuum. From the mechanics of sight and the consequent aesthetic regime that often violently divides our bodies to the transversal flow of knowledge and ideas between places and times, ‘waveform’ is fundamental to our physical, ostensibly un-undulated existence; but whom among us rides the wave?

Tapping into the societal importance of a particular set waves and frequencies, INTERFERENCE, INTERRUPTION explores how the creation, transmission, and reception of sound waves can and has shaped communities in exciting ways. Drawing on influences from London’s 90’s Pirate Radio culture, to Caribbean diasporic oral traditions, to the gabinetes fonográficos of fin-de-siècle Spain, this series of four workshop sessions led by interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE looks at the remote co-design of DIY instruments for ‘urban listening’ and ‘urban transmission’ and a collective mapping of different communities in Sheffield by locating and collating their sonic sense of place.
Together, the group will investigate the role of sound waves and our perception of them in forming our neighbourhoods and communities while also building and sharing tools that will help us to critically interfere with and interrupt some of these important processes that currently exist outside of the purview of everyday urban inhabitants. The resultant ‘broadcast map’ of these four sessions will be exhibited online but also played out in situ, becoming part of the context it sought to capture and offering a collection of open source learnings for how others might build upon this work, celebrating the sounds that shape us and all that’s wavey.

Frequency, Embodiment and Melanin-o-phonic* Space
Mentored by Evan Ifekoya

A black hole is the result of immense light. You are that same light.
Darkness is what holds this universe together – because Blackness is not mere absence but rather an abundance.
Drawing on frequency, rhythm and sound healing this project module to bring the focus back to the body. How does sound help us develop a greater awareness of our interior self? And what might this heightened awareness do for the collective?
Through practices of listening, reading and vocalising together, the group will investigate sound’s healing properties and possibilities. We will explore Black-led sonic strategies for grounding ourselves in this ever-changing moment in order to encourage a feeling of security and stability from within. 
*Melanin-o-phonic Space is sacred: it makes sound spatial and sacred in its Blackness. Intentional. It’s affirming and asks “how does the listening feel?” It is anchored by the loop, the chorus, the affirmation, repetition, reiteration. 


Mentoring Artists

Evan Ifekoya is an artist and energy worker who through sound, text, video and performance places demands on existing systems and institutions of power, to recentre and prioritise the experience and voice of those previously marginalised. Through archival and sonic investigations, they speculate on blackness in abundance; the body of the ocean a watery embodied presence in the work. They established the collectively run and QTIBPOC (queer, trans*, intersex, black and people of colour) led Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) in 2018. In 2019, they won the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists Prize and in 2017 the Arts Foundation award for Live Art sponsored by Yoma Sasberg Estate. They have presented exhibitions and performances across Europe and Internationally, most recently: Liverpool Biennial (2021); Gus Fischer New Zealand (2020); De Appel Netherlands (2019); Gasworks London (2018).
RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and across Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. Much of RESOLVE’s work aims to provide platforms for the production of new knowledge and ideas. An integral part of this way of working means designing with and for young people and under-represented groups in society. Here, ‘design’ encompasses both physical and systemic intervention, exploring ways of using a project’s site as a resource and working with different communities as stakeholders in the short and long-term management of projects. In this way, design carries more than aesthetic value; it is also a mechanism for political and socio-economic change.
2020-21 School of Broadcasting Participants
Michael Ajijola, Summer Akhtar, Steve Allen, Pablo Rubio Alonso, Ratiba Ayadi, Ishwari Bhalerao, Anja Borowicz-Richardson, Peter Brooks, Rosie Burslem, Rhona Eve Clews, Mel Davies, Tuna El-salihie, Marina Georgiou, Oliver Getley, Holly Graham, Clara Hancock, Jenny Handley, Quincy Haynes, Catherine Herbert, Alex Hoggett, Toby Kilby-Pollard, Philip Lee, Yen Chun Lin, Mengfei Liu, Olivia Lopez, Antonia Luxem, Katie Matthews, Samra Mayanja, Tyler Mellins, Alisa Oleva, Andy Owen Cook, Christoforos Pavlakis, Lorenzo Prati, Leonie Rousham, Freya Shaw, Nastassja Simensky, Go Sing, Ella Skinner, Rosie Stephens, Charlotte West


Radio Arts Catalyst is supported by Arts Council England with Art Fund and Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust.