DIY Radio Building Workshop with Shortwave Collective

IKLECTIK and Hackoustic present,

DIY Radio Building Workshop with Shortwave Collective

Saturday 17 June 2023 | 4pm – 7pm

Tickets: £30 Only Workshop / £35 Workshop + All Dayer Entry

Max 20 participants.

As part of Hackoustic All Dayer, we are please to host the DIY Radio Building Workshop with Shortwave Collective, hold in the morning in our beautiful garden.

The ticket price includes the necessary materials to construct a radio, but we encourage participants to bring / scavenge some scraps to customise:

● Something flat and non-conductive, around A5 size.

● A tube (also non-conductive), the size and shape of a toilet paper tube.

● Small pieces of metal or mineral.

In order to complete your radio, you will need access to a battery-powered speaker. If you have one, a field recorder or other device with a strong pre-amp will help make your radio louder too. We will have some available for testing during the workshop.

About the workshop:
In this workshop, participants will construct an ‘Open Wave-Receiver’ – a very simple radio. Participants will be engaged as co-researchers and experimenters, working with a basic set of materials: copper wire, metal clips, speaker wire, tent pegs, and chosen or found objects. We’ll also explore the local area together, searching for signals and attaching our radios to metal structures as makeshift antennas, incorporating urban fixtures into the radio circuit.

Our approach:
The Open Wave-Receiver is our feminist re-interpretation of foxhole radio designs. Our re-naming of this device has multiple connotations and shows how we want to think and engage with these simple circuits differently. It is a design that doesn’t have a tuner so multiple frequencies can be received at once. It is adaptable and forgiving: parts can be switched out for alternatives, pieces can be sculptural, and it can be literally built into a location. Our research and experiments are to be shared, to be further experimented by and with others, to be in-process: we often make Open Wave-Receivers with others and test them out giddily, listening together as a social practice.

About us:

Shortwave Collective is an international, feminist artist group established in May 2020,cinterested in creative uses of radio. We meet regularly to discuss feminist approaches to amateur radio and the radio spectrum as artistic material, sharing resources, considering DIY approaches and inclusive structures.

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