The FM Radio Swarm

Sat 18th June - Sun 19th June
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Paddy Bloomer
12 noon, Saturday 18th June 2016
Divis & the Black Mountain
4pm, Sunday 19th June 2016

Giant’s Ring, Ballynahatty Road, Belfast

Paddy Bloomer has built a Swarm of Speaker Benches with various groups around the North of Ireland. These unique sound machines will be reunited with the people who built them at showcase events at Divis Mountain and Giant’s Ring. The benches are loud and portable and combine the austere functionality of an Amish pew with the party-potential of a ghetto-blaster. The benches are linked together through an FM swarm creating a scalable pa system while turning the normally solitary activity of radio listening into a sociable event. Bring your own Battery Operated FM Radio and patch in to an unforgettable sonic experience.
Radio Relay is a schedule of new artworks co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. From the world’s first radio broadcast during the Easter Rising to the first trench-radio experiments in the Battle of the Somme, radio technology has played an important role. From 17th to 20th June 2016, Radio Relay tunes into the magic of radio with new commissions from Graham Fagen, Paddy Bloomer, Colm Clarke, Philip Hession, Gareth Moore, Sara Morrison and Mhairi Sutherland. Join us at one of the Radio Relay sites, tune in at home or experience extracts at
Paddy Bloomer is an artist inventor explorer and plumber based in Belfast. Paddy is interested in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure. He often collaborates with other artists and groups to make work and to orchestrate events throughout Europe.