Radio Anti are the first commissioned artists-in-residence in our recently launched Bermondsey Bothy. During their residency, Radio Anti will research allegory, metaphor and other literary devices that alter or hide the meaning of apparently neutral documents and processes in areas such as finance, policing, immigration and local governance.

Despite being presented as objective and unauthored statements of fact, minutes, rules, regulations, application forms and other administrative documents are often rich in allegory and metaphor. Over the course of a month, Radio Anti will amass a collection of these moments of administrative poetry, such as “dark pools” that refer to a particular kind of derivative trading in finance, or the “Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds”, a purely metaphorical job taken up by MPs in order to resign from the House of Commons.

As part of its research Radio Anti will work with young refugees studying English at the Bosco Centre located across the road from the northern entrance to Southwark Park, to untangle the fictions, ambiguities and absurdities experienced by those navigating the UK’s immigration system.

This research, including interviews and conversations with various informants, will be broadcast by Radio Anti on a local FM broadcast reaching the limits of Southwark Park, and online at CGP’s website.

Radio Anti is a temporary online and FM radio station that investigates a range of theoretical and material subjects through intermittent broadcasts; each of which is unique in its time, place and participants. Radio Anti has transmitted from Tate Liverpool, the Serpentine Gallery and Bloc Projects in Sheffield. It is organised by Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau and Ross Jardine.

 

Image Credit: © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

 

Bermondsey Bothy Residency Programme launch is generously supported by