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Abstract

By placing radio in historical and cross-cultural perspective, the Engaging Radio project will examine the diverse ways in which this technology can be used as a staging area for facilitating and building communities. In its role as a communications medium the radio simultaneously reflects and informs the cultural, political, social and economic facets of the community in which it is situated. In its role as an artistic medium the radio weaves together discrete threads of input such as text, archived audio and live sound to create distinctive radio art pieces. In its role as a technical device the radio serves as a fulcrum for the range of governmental policies and broadcasting standards regulating its use for military, industrial, artistic and social purposes. In its role as a material artifact the radio develops into an object permeated with cultural meaning, ritualized practice and use patterns.

Project Contact:
Dr. Daniel Gilfillan
Dept. of Languages and Literatures
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202

dgilfil@asu.edu
T: (480) 965-8245
F: (480) 965-0135
Updated: August 27, 2008