sub_ʇxǝʇ is an itinerant platform for research, discussion and sonic knowledge production. It produces and distributes radio programmes across a thematic spectrum ranging from investigative reporting to experimental sound and music.
Designed as an inherently collaborative platform programmes are developed with artists and practitioners within 1-month-to-1-year timeframes.
Given that the sub_ʇxǝʇ is constantly developing, the breadth and ambition of the platform evolves also. This website serves as the listen-back archive for specific series of curated programming. The project now sees the platform itself as the space for collaborative exchange where once each programme represented this co-emergent process.
sub_ʇxǝʇ covers specific projects and environments through on the ground research and dialogue. It is concerned with its own mechanisms of knowledge reproduction and in questioning power. The project was founded in 2017 by artist and researcher Alex Head.
sub_ʇxǝʇ is a partner project of Threads Radio in Tottenham, London and seeks new ways to co-curate with Threads on the stations second stream Threads* or Threads*Stream II.
Threads Radio is a diverse, accessible and community- focused radio station, curating a unique selection of music while also providing a platform for a range of socially, politically & comedic talk-based content. The station actively engages with its local community, providing a credible broadcast platform for local people to have airspace for their unique narratives.
sub_ʇxǝʇ is about The Work
What does sub_ʇxǝʇ mean as a collaborative stance today? The working process of the platform involves bracketed amounts of time allocated to the production of new auditory work. The work is expected to explore its subject in a manner that is critical and of high interest to its audience who maintain a silent presence throughout the pieces creation. Political, historical and critical approaches to knowledge production should be substantially researched no-matter the subject (djing through journalism). In this way the platform offers focused comment on a given discourse while seeking to maintain accessibility through language.
Where they occur sub_ʇxǝʇ favours local engagements with actors not necessarily experienced in the medium and that form out of a natural affinity, rather than tokenistic microphones shoved in peoples faces. The platform aims to promote the work of practitioners that follows an arc of inquiry matched by their own integrity, criticality and self awareness.
From an organisational perspective sub_ʇxǝʇ now welcomes the challenge of curatorial direction from amongst its already growing network. The platform can only exist with your work and hopes very much to be a place of constructive discourse which takes and retakes its shape through mutual engagement.
sub_ʇxǝʇ’s goal has been for each show to unfold as a unique collaboration between equal partners. This has expanded to shows such as the Weirding Module with Nathan Gray and Sentimental Songs for Sentimental People with Emily Gale (aka Dj Sentimentemily), who bring their own research focuses and sonic practices to the listening party.
The Weirding Module from Nathan Gray is a show that deals with speech and the voice in contemporary art and experimental music. Based in the UK, Ramen Radio combines current and archival music from around the world.
In Sentimental Songs for Sentimental People we join pop music scholar DJ Sentimentemily for a cross-genre exploration of sentimental songs.
Anna Kostreva's forthcoming podcast will question spatial practitioners about utopian ideals of solidarity, politics, and sustainability in cities, and discussing how we might get there.
alexhead (at) posteo (dot) net