Range: Local, Distant, Fringe by Radius
Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL that is administered by Jeff Kolar and edited by Meredith Kooi. Their first booklet focuses on the series “Range: Local Distant, Fringe”. The series is described as follows:
“Range: Local, Distant, Fringe is a three-part, location-based series of radio transmissions that explores the phenomenon of signal strength. The series seeks to break, bend, and highlight the economic, political, and technical dimensions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Range uses the criteria found in proprietary mapping software that plots radio station coverage areas to analyze the importance of place for radio broadcasts. This software takes into account transmitter power, antenna height, frequency, antenna pattern, and etc. Commercial and community stations use this data to determine potential listeners.
The coverage areas are defined as:
Local: areas with very clear reception
Distant: areas with weak signal
Fringe: areas with very weak or no signal
A station’s signal strength broadly delimits that station’s territories. These territories further impact policy (i.e. FCC regulation, spectrum licensing), station-specific power (i.e. advertising, tower-space rentals), and public affairs (i.e. community programming, emergency alert systems). Range seeks to challenge these issues of signal accessibility, and question radio’s role as a distribution tool.”
This booklet includes artist statements, images and interviews with each of the participants in “Range”. They are: Emilie Mouchous & Andrea-Jane Cornell, Damon Loren Baker, and Rob Ray.