Project Print Edition
Featured Artist: Paddy Bloomer
180mm x 120mm x 2
Mounted on Dibond
Divis & the Black Mountain & Giant’s Ring, Ballynahatty Road, Belfast
Paddy Bloomer built a Swarm of Speaker Benches with various groups around the North of Ireland. These unique sound machines were 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.
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.
About the Project
‘Radio Relay’ consisted of new artworks and projects co commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Golden Thread Gallery. 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. Between 17th and 19th June 2016, ‘Radio Relay’ tuned into the magic of radio with a schedule of new artworks and projects co commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Golden Thread Gallery.
The project featured new artworks and projects by Graham Fagen, Paddy Bloomer, Colm Clarke, Gareth Moore, Philip Hession, Sara Morrison and Mhairi Sutherland.