Broadcasting from the glittering mirror tiled boat, the ‘Celeste’, Celestial Radio travelled around the coast of Britain in search of the answers to life’s big questions. Arriving from the Essex marshes to anchor on the River Tyne, AV Festival 06 hosted the second ever broadcast from this unique vessel. The small boat is covered in 50,000 mirror tiles, enabling it to broadcast light as well as sound waves. Its appearance shifts with the weather, at times appearing as a disco mirror ball at others a miniature stealth boat. Its specially commissioned broadcast for AV Festival 06 called How the Universe Synthesised Itself into Being was made in collaboration with :zoviet*france: and was based on conversations with leading genetic scientists working in Newcastle.
Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich work as a collaborative duo and as individual artists. Their work explores the space between the real landscape or the physical world, and an imagined location. Major projects include: My Island Home for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; How the Universe Sang Itself into Being, COAST commissions, UK; and Fusion, a commission in collaboration with the Plastic Surgery Unit, St Johns Hospital, Livingstone and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
:zoviet*france: broadcast commissioned by AV Festival 06. Celestial Radio was originally commissioned by Essex County Council and Commissions East and supported by Arts Council England
Thu 2 March – Sun 12 March 2006
Newcastle NE1 4XG