why radio?

because


- when i narrow-cast alone on the mic, in the public space, and hear my voice twice, it gives me the sensation that i exist. if i voice my vulnerability at that point, my heart opens, i feel a seed of communing with the human in us and i get a glimpse of what it is to feel equal to others. if i can look at you and see our mortality at this moment, then i come back to my body and feel that we are equal and it is so obvious that i can only laugh at how absurdly we live.
- when you are on the microphone and voice your vulnerability, i feel i am with you, although separated, with no impulse to take care of you. radio takes care of you.
- it is a malleable and quite accessible medium (unfortunately not to deaf people).
- it can create different types of intimacy.
- it provides a sense of relation to the unknown, with infinite time (radio waves are theoretically travelling for ever).

in radio work where voice and listeners are together but free to move
- radio invites safe intimacy with the self and the other (ex in radio confessions, trans temporary radio).
in radio work where voice is separated from listeners
- in radio equals, for example, it provides a certain type of intimacy for two conversationalists who are not in the same space as the listeners, a freedom for the listeners to come and go, emotional separation, i.e. the listeners who hear vulnerability have space for not falling into "do i have to take care of?", the conversationalists can focus on the intent rather than on sensing audience, a physical manifestation of the fact that it is not possible to control the experience and meaning that shapes in the audience.
- in 2894, internet radio is used to force human contact (passing the tech from one participant to the other) and to involve throat and ears in making sense/nonsense of our Canadian colonialism.