Sounding Images #6: Radio On (1979)


With an intro and outro by Paul Purgas

Tuesday, March 3, 2017 // 7:30pm // ACUD Studio


Radio On tells the story of a radio DJ investigating the mysterious death of his brother, following his journey from London to Bristol through a bleak depiction of late 70’s Britain soundtracked by Kraftwerk, Bowie, Devo and Lene Lovich. Directed by filmmaker and novelist Chris Petit with cinematography by Martin Schäfer, Radio On is a unique Anglo-German collaboration and a rare example of the British road movie. The film presents a nation in transition, revealing its cryptic and pervasive spirit of disenchantment and the looming spectres of industry and urbanism, all encompassed by the vibrant transmissions of the radio.

With special thanks to the British Film Institute.


Paul Purgas is a London based artist and musician working with sound, performance and installation. Originally trained as an architect he has presented projects with Tate Modern, Kettles Yard, Whitechapel & Serpentine Galleries. He was a recent resident at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and is currently based at Somerset House Studios. He is one half of the London/Berlin based production project Emptyset, who have presented performances with Sonic Acts, CTM and Unsound and are currently releasing material through Thrill Jockey.


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