Spot Radio

2003

portable low-power FM radio station for community use, Approx. 1 Watt

Spot Radio is a portable low-power FM radio station that packs into a suitcase, for easy set-up and broadcast from various locations. It can be made available to members of a local community, as a tool for social and political exchange, reminding us of radio's historic function of making connections, inciting action, and propagating opinion.

In today's environments, radio waves are both omnipresent and elusive, existing everywhere around us, in a continuum with many other electro-magnetic phenomena. Yet radio is also tied to a physical location, bodily constrained by the resistance of air and equipment -- and these are very limits that make it a particularly effective medium for connection in real time and space.

As elsewhere in my work, this project aims to focus attention by tuning or tweaking the phenomena that surround us.

Solo Exhibitions: Western Front, Field Work, May-Jun 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Walter Phillips Gallery, Bureau de Change, Jul-Dec 2008.
Group Exhibitions: Artsfest 06, 9 Sep 2005.
Group Exhibitions: Martin Gropius Bau, Urbane Realitäten: Fokus Istanbul / Urban Realities – Focus Instanbul, Jul-Oct 2005.
Group Exhibitions: De Appel, Radiodays, Apr 2005.
Catalogues & Books: Christoph Tannert ed., Urbane Realitäten: Fokus Istanbul / Urban Realities – Focus Instanbul, 2005.
Catalogues & Books: Dave Dyment, Germaine Koh: Stall, 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Pascale Beaudet, exhibition essay, Feb 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Mathew Kabatoff, Rhizome.org, 30 Jan 2001. Read

Germaine Koh, Spot Radio, 2003, portable low-power FM radio station for community use. View of presentation at Birmingham Artsfest, September 2005. Photo: Germaine Koh.