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On Air

This work was commissioned for the Exhibition Road Show in August 2012. Using analogue FM broadcast technology this site specific and durational work sustains an open-ended live commentary and broadcasts it within its own whereabouts. It marks a continuation of a series of Miller's broadcast works that include the Linked installation in East London that has broadcast for a decade. Like this work the transmissions of On Air focus entirely on their own footprint, but in this case are delivered live by commentators on high, (on the top of the Victoria and Albert museum), to listeners below. The piece extends the concept and practice of live sports commentating and hosted over 10 days many professional sports broadcasters. It also extended this practice into the improvised recounting of unforeseen and unplanned events and in doing this made the concept of witnessing time key to the work.
Commentators: Emma Bernard, Melanie Clifford, Sinead Rushe, Michael Sherin, Jonathan Stone.
Guest commentators include: Iain Sinclair & Andrew Kotting, John Murray, Tony Adamson, Steve Hermon, Andy Rushton, Piers Edwards, Mike Sewell, Corrie Corfield, Alice Arnold, Jennie Gow, Nick Cavell, Matthew Kenyon, Don McCorkindale, Jack Klaff, Oliver Bernard, John Hegley.
Music: Graeme Miller
[Commentators]


On Air
   
Periphery
The materials for Graeme’s work, Periphery, were gathered during a residency in Paris in 2006. The piece, which is shown at Espace EDF Electra from 6 November 2007 to 30 March 2008 incorporates 36 strands of magnetic tape garnered from the edges of the Boulevard Périphérique. The collection balances in a precarious ring on the edge of a table beneath a fan. www.artsadmin.co.uk/projects/periphery
Periphery
   
Beheld
Over two years Graeme Miller visited sites around the world where stowaways have fallen from aircraft. These individuals fell to earth from the wheelbays of jetliners into the landscapes that surround airports in Europe and the US. At each site he recorded a 180º image of the sky and audio. In the installation, Beheld, which opened in London in 2006 ten glass bowls contain the projected image and sound of these locations. The sound, activated by lifting, is transmitted into the glass. The installation is an environment that invites an intimate dialogue through place with a hidden narrative of migration. The work continues to tour and has been seen in Rotterdam, Edinburgh and Angers, France.

Held
   
Bassline
Commissioned by Wiener Festwochen 2004, Bassline was a large-scale sound and video installation that took place in a 200-metre access tunnel immediately beneath the streets of central Vienna. On 3 April 2004, 11 people from the city, ranging in age from 7 to 90 followed British bassist, Tim Harries on a 50 minute walk through the city, starting and ending in the tunnel. The verbal accounts of this walk, gathered on the day and the video record of their journey were then mounted in an installation for 11 video screens and 12 loudspeakers. The voices and images are effectively underscored by Harries’ musical account of the journey. Bassline is a formal exposition of momentary perception and layered meaning in the city. It is a civic work. Bassline took place at U3 Neubaugasse station 10.05.04 to 27.05.04 as part of the Wiener Festwochen. [Bassline]

Bassline
       
    Lonesome Way
Lonesome Way is a 7 minute digital video work by Graeme Miller which exhibited at Pearl, London as part of Rancho Notorious group show 15 Nov – 14 Dec 2003 with work by Albert Freeman, John Isaacs, Cornelia Parker, Pascal Rousson and Richard Woods. The work constructs a Country and Western song whose lyrics are culled from details of a 360 degree pan around a neighbourhood of South London whose streets include ‘Lonesome Way’. The piece was subsequently seen at One Night Stand group show, El Montan Motor Hotel, San Antonio, Texas in 2004. [Time Out review]

Lonesome Way
       
    Linked
In July 2003 Graeme Miller opened Linked, an installation of 20 radio transmitters marking the 500 homes demolished during construction of the M11 Link Road. This work of speech and music was commissioned by the Museum of London and can be heard by means of a receiver borrowed from a local library. The piece runs indefinitely.

Linked
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