“How Far From Home Are We?”
An Illustrated Radio Journey
by Anna Keleher, Claire Coté and Rebecca Beinart
It is spring and Rebecca Beinart, Claire Coté and Anna and Mark Keleher are traveling together in a small van from Totnes England to Helsinki Finland via the Baltic States and back through Scandinavia. This intentional collaboration and improvised cultural adventure unfolds along road networks, ferry lines, pathways and a string of campsites, tea stops, archeological sites and Nature Reserves. The journey takes the travelers across 16 borders and over 5,700 kilometers – all in seventeen days.
Debuted in the United States in an April 2011 exhibition at the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this project is the collaborative outcome of this voyage: an “illustrated radio journey.” On-site recordings, ambient sounds, creative reflection and narration are woven together to give listeners illuminating glimpses of the experiences of a journey by land and sea. Collaborative pen and ink drawings created over bumpy roads and by the light of headlamps offer illustrated glimpses. Whittled tally-sticks provide a sculptural “account” of the expedition.
The multi-sensory installation of this project always invites visitors to explore, participate and offer their own contributions to the journey.
Listen to the 27-minute Radio Journey below:
Radio Journey Broadcast and Installation History
-April 1 – 29, 2011, Multi-sensory installation, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
– July- August, 2008, Audio/visual installation, The Library, Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK,
– 14th August, 2008 Clearing Broadcast, Annual Showcase, Student Audio Works. Sound Art Radio 85.7 fm, Totnes, UK and live streaming.
-6th August, 2008 Free Sound Radio, Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth, UK.
-28th July – 3 August, 2008 Radia.fm, 13 stations throughout Europe and live streaming
-25th July, 2008 Sound Art Radio 85.7, Totnes, UK and live streaming
-18th July, 2008 Premiere, Sound Art Radio 85.7 fm, Totnes, UK and live streaming