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Disturbing Space is a radio station and sound system on a custom bicycle developed by sound artist XANA. The bicycle, “Soon Reach”, was produced in response to a series of build-your-own radio workshops in Loughborough; with community arts organisation Charnwood Arts, Leicester and London. The workshops addressed the place of radio in the histories of Black and South Asian communities in Leicester and Loughborough, as well as conversations with Loughborough based academics and locals around themes of connecting through sound, displaced geographies and building free spaces to manifest joy. Disturbing Space reflects on the power of pirate and local radio to connect people through songs, lullabies, rhymes and tales about movement and elevate voices on the periphery. “Soon Reach” will be pedalled through Loughborough on 16 June, passers by are invited to meet with the station and contribute to the broadcast. You can also listen to the broadcast right here.

XANA is a live loop musician, sound designer, composer and poet - often working collaboratively with other artists, researchers, theatre practitioners and filmmakers. In particular XANA is passionate about working with young people, devising creative workshops, encouraging the engagement of others with music, and broadcast technology. XANA is an organiser of Afrotech Festival; a recipient of Spitalfields Music Open Call funding award; and an artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. XANA's interests include archives as places of active memory and future building; sound in architecture; data and its impact on local communities and stories around transhumanism.

(Photo credit: Rohan Ayinde)


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