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Kate Donovan

Expanded Listening Beyond the Anthropocence. Sensing more-than-human networks through sonification and radio art

Through sonification and amplification, sensors enable us to listen to frequencies and sounds that are beyond the range of human sensory perception. In effect, they allow us to listen to the quieter transmissions of more-than-human worlds, to gain awareness of multispecies interconnectedness and to work towards a de-centring of the Anthropos in this time of environmental crisis.
This project situates itself within three emerging fields: academically within current critical discourses of the Anthropocene, aiming to move constructively beyond it; politically within the act of listening, as a tool for ecological awareness, resistance, sustainability and care; and artistically, culturally and sensorially within the field of radio art, as a site for trans‐scalar awareness, and physical‐auditory‐aesthetic experience. This project recognises the value of different modes of knowledge production and will therefore combine academic and artistic practices.

Kate Donovan is a practicing radio artist, facilitator and researcher based in Berlin. Her artistic practice deals with radio in an elemental sense, in terms of frequency, transmission and interconnectedness (but also disruption and interference). Her editorial and organisational work in free and community radio fosters inclusion and experimentation.
She studied Fine Art: Time Based Media (BA hons) at the Hull School of Art, UK, and Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture (MA) at the University of Potsdam, with a thesis titled “Expanding Radio. Ecological thinking and trans-scalar encounters in contemporary radio art practice'.
Recent and current projects include: Datscha Radio 17, a garden radio art festival on the future of the garden in the Anthropocene; 'The Bespoke Headpiece', a speculative telling of radio history which was developed during a transmission arts residency at Wave Farm in 2018; and the ongoing radio show 'elements', which broadcasts monthly via CoLaboRadio, on FM in Berlin and Potsdam, and online.