Louise Gholam & Dougal Verinder Gedge

What does collaboration represent in 2020? The world is changing, moving and shifting in swells of uncertainty. As experimental communicators, most of the tools we hold at great importance, have been lifted out of our fingers. Amidst the challenges that 2020 has confronted us with, we have created an experimental broadcasting platform named ExPort Radio.

Our station is Internet-based and led by Experimental Communication students. We curate weekly showcases of music, conversation and interview, collected from both RCA students and further afield. Intertwined within the Art/sound scene of today, ExPort aims to observe experimentation through an International lens.

Our collaborative practice situates itself between the realms of experimental sound / fringe aesthetics (such as Artificial Intelligence and Expanded Cinema). We are also intrigued by conversation surrounding the Internet age. Our radio collective questions the means to exist firsthand within both the physical and digital workplace. As the digital workplace turns more apparent as of current, society has been forced to reconsider the very definition of what creative expression can represent.

ExPort Radio represents an opportunity to re-invigorate the public through worldwide collaboration and discussion, building bridges in a post-Brexit, mid-Covid19 environment. The platform we want to generate aims to be shared as a legacy project for Visual Communication at the RCA.

The bursary given will allow ExPort Radio to evolve into something more than just an online broadcasting tool. Recognising that physicality within Design has disappeared almost overnight, we will create an archival-based product which documents the entirety of work produced within the Visual Communication Class of 2019-2021. This will include a collection of pressed Vinyl discs (or CD / Tapes) containing auditory work, accompanied by a booklet showcasing all physical artefacts such as process, posters, and research created by all Experimental Communication and Visual Communication students, leaving no stone unturned.

The project will be collated together in a format which highlights the relation between radio broadcast and its historical importance within the field of communication towards documenting/assessing societal transformative events. As we continue to refine and shape ExPort Radio along with our practices, we believe that the project has potential to exist not just as a broadcasting network, but as a perennial archive for students of the Visual Communication MA.