Pirate Radio Harbor: a sense of place in 3 acts
with Deb Todd Wheeler
On June 3 at the edge of the Boston Harbor, a group of people using pirate radio transmission and storytelling, engaged in an hour long speed radio production. Pirate Radio Harbor: a sense of place in 3 acts invited participants to examine perceptions of the landscape underfoot in 3 ways: its past, it’s present, and it’s possible future. We dug into stories from history, observations from the present moment to allow ourselves to dream of this place in 100 years. We imagined, performed, and transmited a radio program in a speed recording hour-long guided workshop.
Part of Boston Civic Media’s Third Annual Conference: Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future
WELCOME TO PIRATE RADIO HARBOR.
TODAY WE WILL make a portrait of this Boston shoreline site TO BROADCAST ON OUR PIRATE RADIO SIGNAL. WE INVITE YOU TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SOUND COLLAGE, WITH observations, and imaginings WE WILL WEAVE into a dense folksonomy of hope, fear, and desire.
Imagine yourself in a time: past, present or future
What do you see? Are you noticing this urban shoreline right now: buildings, water, birds, cars? (SOMETHING ELSE OBVIOUS) Can you conjure in your mind’s eye this place as it was a century ago from old b&w pictures? Or as it was three centuries ago from oral histories and stories? Or CAN you imagine this site in 20 years: SPACE SHIPS AND FLYING CARS, wicked high tides gone rogue; or in 100 years, with or without us.
What do you hear? WHAT DID YOU NOTICE WHEN YOU EYES WERE CLOSED? What layers of millions inhabiting this dense place can you hear? WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE HEARD HERE a century ago? When there might have been flocks of passenger pigeons or steam boats? What will we hear in a century: SILENT BATTERY POWERED VEHICLES, CHILDREN LAUGHING, the roar of hurricane winds, a gentle hum of tidal turbines?
What do you feel? Can you feel the asphalt and cement roughness, the heat rising from this urban island? CAN YOU FEEL THE WIND, OR THE PAIN? Can you call up the feeling of cobblestones under your feet, so prevalent a century ago? What will we feel in a century: SCARED? rubble unsteady under our feet or a smooth moving sidewalk?
WE WOULD LIKE THESE questions TO provoke memory, observation, and imagination: a concert of sensory input made cognitive through remembering, ordering, and speculating.
For remembering: sources of information about the history of Boston harbor