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Cupar Visual Arts Festival 2009


T
he work came about through discovering the town's little known involvement in the development of transatlantic communications. Cupar used to function as the administrative centre of Fife and the area is said to be especially disposed to the reception of transmitted LW signals; a certain something here in this 'quiet damp elevated hollow' inland, that makes it resistant to the atmospherics occurring out at sea that disrupt transmissions. Following on from the success of Marconi's experiments in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, AT&T (The American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) initiated the first commercial transatlantic telephone service in 1927. The decision was made to place the receiving station for the British end of the service at Kembank, just outside Cupar. Responses were then relayed back to the US via Rugby Radio Station. The work was installed at Cupar County Courthouse.



Of Origins Unknown, detail: Foxhole radio in archive box, mixed media (600 x 150 x 300mm)




Of Origins Unknown, detail: Galena radio in archive box, mixed media (600 x 150 x 300mm)




Tuning to the Ether: installation shot, Cupar County Courthouse




Tuning to the Ether, detail: Cairngreen 1




Tuning to the Ether, detail: Cairngreen 2




Tuning to the Ether, detail: Cairngreen 3




Tuning to the Ether, a set of 3 B/W digital prints (8" x 10"), original images courtesy of the BT Archive




Magask: Mixed media (900 x 600 x 300mm)