Magz Hall has two sound exhibitions running this term: The Ash Archive and the Art for Environment Exhibition.

Art for the Environment in London at the Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts:

26 January – 18 March 2018

Private View: 25 January, 6pm

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Address: The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Established in 2015, the AER programme invites artists and designers to explore concerns that define the twenty-first century – including biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy and human rights – and through artistic practice, envision a world of tomorrow. The exhibition sees six past AER residents combine to create a powerful presentation that probes our preconceptions and concerns around the environment, accompanied by an events programme that includes recycling workshops, panel discussions and a field-recording workshop in the Olympic Park.  

At this exhibition, visitors can sit in Magz Hall’s ‘dreamspace’ and listen to dreams. Whispering Trees is an interactive trail of radio transmissions, originally designed for Bedgebury National Forest as part of research and development for Jerwood Open Forest, where members of the public would record dreams to be broadcast from the trees in a wooden hideaway. Dream Space 2 creates an intimate outside space used to listen to and record the dreams of visitors around the themes of earth, air, fire and water. The installation features dreams of Ellen Brooking, Alex Jueno, Ben Rowley with music from Xylitol.

Magz will be running a dream recording workshop at the Nunnery Gallery on 3 Feb at 2-5pm to record new dreams for the work. You can read more about this exhibition on Magz Hall’s blog.

The Ash Archive in Canterbury at The University of Kent:

18 January – 14 April 2018

Opening Hours: 11am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Address: Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG

‘The Ash Archive’ is a growing collection of objects, artworks, poems and drawings that chart a unique materialist perspective on the history that we share with the ash tree.

‘The Ash Archive’ examines 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 byAckroyd & Harvey, Colin Booth, Adam Chodzko, Sebastian Cox, French & Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, David Nash (in collaboration with Common Ground), Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Sheaf + Barley and a collection of objects made from ash wood from Rob Penn’s book “The man who made things out of trees”.

The Ash Archive is a collaboration between the University of Kent and The Ash Project. The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to this devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree. The exhibition is curated by Madeleine Hodge and Rose Thompson for The Ash Project in partnership with the University of Kent.

The exhibition will tour galleries across Kent in 2018 to Limbo Gallery in Margate, Nucleus Arts in Chatham, UCA Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Salt Festival and at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.

Transmission Spores (2017), a mixed media work by Magz Hall.

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 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.

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, The Barbican, MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Canada and the USA and broadcast internationally. In 2016 her work Tree Radio at YSP was a finalist for the British Composer Award for Sonic Art and Spiritual Radio was a finalist for the Engine Room International Sound Art Prize. 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 arts station Resonance FM.