14 September 2012

Writtle Calling / 2EmmaToc

'Writtle Calling / 2EmmaToc' is a temporary radio station by artist Melissa Appleton and architectural practice Post Works broadcasting from the Essex landscape all this week online at writtlecalling.co.uk.  The series of live broadcasts by artists, writers, musicians and scientists culminates with a live event on Saturday 15 September.

The radio structure is located near to the site of the original 2EmmaToc station, which broadcast from Writtle in 1922.  Transmitting under the call sign 2EmmaToc, the 1922 radio station broadcast live performances every Tuesday evening from an ex-army hut in the fields around the village.  2EmmaToc was the first regular UK radio station and is regarded as the birth of British broadcasting.

The 2012 radio structure takes its form from the original hut and agricultural vernaculars sampled from the local area.  Imagined as a ruin, the radio structure acts as a vehicle of content, broadcasting transmissions from the past, present and future.  Through the transmission of live performances, the physical limits of the radio structure are extended through the ephemera of radio waves.


For further information and a full schedule of broadcasts see: writtlecalling.co.uk