radio play, version 2

by raphael jay adjani a.k.a. ajaykumar



radio play is in part a play on a radio play. It takes the form of a sound installation an 
auto-ethnographic audio presentation, crucially experienced in a darkened space. 
Blurring distinctions between practice and theory, radio play has resonances with performative lectures of John Cage; as well as with film essays of Chris Marker, who, alongside other cine-roman directors - such as Marguerite Duras, Alain Resnais, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Agnes Varda - made 'films to read'. It also has resonance with Derek Jarman's Blue.

Formally and thematically the work engages with the Japanese concept of Ma - signifying emptiness-presence, interval, pause, rest, a space in-between, in-relation, and space-time. 
radio play is an immersive work that elicits a particular spectatorship, facilitating possibilities of spectators as co-creators; engaging with a notion of artist as medium rather than auteur. radio play calls into question established notions of race and cultural diversity.

It could be termed a work of sound art, of live art, and of new writing. 
radio play exists in diverse formats. It is also to be experienced as podcast, with eyes closed, from several websites.

public presentation

• The Powerhouse Museum, beta_space Gallery, Sydney, Australia: 
3 Sep–3 Oct. 2007 (radio play v.2)
In gallery as well as online format: 
See -

• Territories- light, sound & space group exhibition, Study Gallery, Poole, UK, Jul-Oct. 2007 (radio play v.2)
• transpose: shedding the capacity to fit in, exhibition and symposium, 
Sakewewak First Nation’s Arts Collective, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada, 
Mar. 2007. (radio play v.1)


released June 4, 2011

Composition: raphael jay adjani a.k.a. ajaykumar
Sound Engineering: Gareth Jenkinson
Narration: raphael jay adjani a.k.a. ajaykumar
Lyrics: raphael jay adjani a.k.a. ajaykumar


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