Writtle Calling/2EmmaToc:
A Temporary Radio Station

Writtle College, Essex

Supported by the Arts Council of England, University College London, Essex Arts, CADE and Arup Engineers

Writtle Calling:/2emmatoc was a temporary radio station and structure sited in the Essex landscape during September 2012. The station hosted a series of broadcasts by artists, writers, musicians and scientists, culminating in a live public event on the 15th September 2012. The structure was sited in the grounds of Writtle College, Essex, near the site of the first regular public radio broadcasts by Marconi Engineers in 1922. Transmitting under the call sign ‘2EmmaToc’, the original station broadcast live performances every Tuesday evening from an ex-army hut in the fields around Writtle.

 The project was realised and curated in collaboration with CADE, (Centre for Art and Design in the Environment) based at Writtle College, Essex and Jes Fernie. The radio station existed as a built structure – a radio hut and stage – that provided a physical platform for the broadcasts. The broadcasts were transmitted on the FM Band to a local area of approximately 25 miles radius – to include Chelmsford – and were also streamed online via post-works.com, where an archive of broadcasts is also available. The broadcasts created for the project were also aired on Resonance FM over an eight period during August 2013.

Contributing broadcasts

Action Pyramid, All Saints Bellringers, Kevin Atherton, Ruth Beale and Sarah Jury, The Broken Hearts, Pablo Bronstein, Ronald Blythe, Edwin Burdis, Clout!, David R Conroy, Benedict Drew, Guy Gormley, Jonathan Griffin, Jenny Haxtell, Gwyneth Jones,
 Kwesachu, Cathy Lane, Mark Leckey, 
David H Levy, Rebecca Lennon, Kieron Livingstone, Longmeg, Roger Luckhurst, Andrew McGettigan, Resonance Radio Orchestra, Katrina Palmer, Fabian
Peake, Heather Phillipson, Hannah Sawtell, Richard Scott, 
David Toop, Top Nice, Jonny Trunk, Tim Wander, Marina 
Warner, Jonathan P Watts, Tom Woolner, Writtle Singers and
 Jan Zalasiewicz.


Project by Matthew Butcher and Melissa Appleton.
Photos Tim Brotherton.
Drawings by Matthew Butcher and Tom Noonan

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Matthew Butcher is an academic and designer. He is Associate Professor in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague.

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