Magz Hall: Transmission Spores (2018)
Transmission Spores (2018) was made for a touring exhibition called The Ash Archive, a touring exhibition across Kent, Jan – Nov. It was exhibited at Studio 3 Gallery, Kent University, Limbo Margate, Halpern Gallery UCA, Folkestone Salt Festival and at the Kaleidoscope Gallery Medway and ACE Funded.
It is now showing as part of:
Sounds of Nature
Transmission Spores is part of a group show in Nantes France April 27th – May 11th 2019 curated by APO 33 at the Intermédia Platform, 4 Boulevard Léon Bureau. Nantes.
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil was an enormous ash tree that harboured all the life in the universe a signifier of its power and resilience. For the last ten years an Ash tree has propagated every available spot in the artists garden like a virile weed, she likens its resilience to radio which has already outlived video and the ipod. The artist believes her personal experience of the Ash tree highlights that it may not completely disappear as first feared by experts and this view is reflected in reports concerning the deadly fungus.
This work takes poetry made during a poetry workshop on Ash die back, turning scientific descriptions of how the disease spreads, into a spore like radio composition reflecting her interactions with ash, and transmitted from the trunk of an infected tree for broadcast on FM into the gallery.
More about the Ash Project:
‘The Ash Archive’ examined the human relationship with the ash tree and woodlands. Reflecting on the uncertain future of the ash tree, the exhibition brings together works by artists, designers and local makers which explore our dynamic and complex relationship with the life and death of the natural world. ‘The Ash Archive’ includes works by Ackroyd & Harvey, Colin Booth, French & Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, David Nash, Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Sheaf + Barley and a collection of objects made from ash wood including some objects from Rob Penn’s book “The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees.” The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to this devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree.
Magz Hall is a sound and radio artist with work exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, British Museum, Tate Britain, the Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, V and A, Jerwood Visual Arts, Barbican,MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Canada and the USA and broadcast internationally.
Tree Radio at YSP was a finalist for the British Composer Award for Sonic Art in 2016. Spiritual Radio was selected for the Engine Room International Sound Art Prize. She was selected for the Jerwood Open Forest Exhibition 2016 and the alt Barbican programme in 2017. Magz heads artist led group Radio Arts and has curated works for exhibition, broadcast, she has led numerous hands on workshops with the public in arts spaces. Much of her sound based work is concerned with speculative futures of FM, inspired by 100 years of international radio art practice, drawing on her practice based PhD on radio art. She is a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and was a founder of London arts station Resonance FM.