Calling Athlone is a relational installation and broadcast based art project which makes use of Athlone’s deep historic connection to broadcasting both past and present. Collaborators on the project led by artist Steve Maher include the Marconi Heritage Group and Athlone Community Radio.
The project will connect communities within Athlone to their rich broadcasting heritage and the empowerment that broadcasting can offer. The project aims to make these connections through an exploration of the technology and sites linked to the history of broadcasting in the area.
Calling Athlone will work with a variety of participants who, following a tour of the Moydrum transmitter site, will participate in workshops. The workshops will lead to the production of home-made crystal set radios and broadcast material for a short radio documentary. The radios will be on display in Luan Gallery for the month of October and the documentary will be broadcast through them.
11th October – 31st October 2016, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath