Town Hall Meeting of the Air is an exhibition and programme conceived by Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston that thinks about the poetics of civic gathering.

Collaboratively developed since 2018, Town Hall Meeting of the Air looks at how architecture shapes public gathering and language. The focus on the sensory and material experience of gathering eulogises the silences, stutterings and physical proximity lost in digitally-mediated togetherness.

Town Hall Meeting of the Air draws on research into ancient assembly sites, abandoned parliaments, radio broadcast history, utopian literature and the experimental and politicised writings of novelist and poet, Gertrude Stein.

An online radio station designed and scheduled by the artists will broadcast a series of live events and archive content including live performances, discussion events and archive recordings of the original ‘America’s Town Meeting of the Air’ radio show (1935-1956).

Town Hall Meeting of the Air also hosts work by Anna Barham, James Newrick and collaborators Rosie Morris and Taryn Edmonds.

The artists would like to thank Jemma Hind for her contribution to the research and design of the exhibition during lockdown.

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