[D]irect action is the insistence, when faced with structures of unjust authority, on acting as if one is already free.¹
AIR is a collaborative radio space created in response to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021.
To respond to events and activities as they happen, we are keeping the call open for real-time sound interventions in the course of COP26. We welcome your live streams from places and projects in Glasgow and elsewhere, engaging with ecological radio in its widest sense.
Many thanks to everybody who has already submitted a proposal. We are confirming details with artists now.
Running as an open radio studio at Civic House, Glasgow, AIR is dedicated to experimenting with ideas and practices of ecological radio and acts of listening. It will feature contributions by artists and climate activists in Glasgow and around the world, together with live environmental sounds on the Locus Sonus open microphone network, real-time feeds and commentary from around and beyond the COP.
The open call invites diverse audio contributions by artists, activists, ecologists and other sound workers that engage issues of climate and ecological crises in their broadest sense. These might include live streams, soundscapes, field recordings, readings, environmental sound and transmission works - including live material wherever possible. We are also looking for live projects, performances, local reports and interventions over the COP that involve sound or can be adapted for radio.
We imagine the AIR station as a public platform for sharing work, learning about making radio, bringing remote places into conversation, organising, experimentation and acoustic commoning. The show will stream to a server at our broadcast partner, Wave Farm in Acra, New York, from where it will be available for other broadcasters to pick up.
We invite you to join us on-line or in the open studio at Civic House to find out more about ecological radio, for a streambox building workshop, performance or to join a broadcast.
 David Graeber: Direct Action: An Ethography. AK Press 2009, p 203
As if radio.. is produced at Civic House in Glasgow by Soundcamp, in association with the Locus Sonus open microphone network, together with Ella Finer, Ben Parry, Lia Mazzari, Hannah Kemp-Welch. Design by Sam Baraitser Smith. Mezcal platform by August Black. As if radio.. is a project of the Acoustic Commons, supported in part by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU. AIR is hosted by Wave Farm in Acra, Upper Hudson Valley NY.
Soundcamp CIC is a not for profit arts organisation. Please consider if you could support this project. Thank you.