On Air

On Air is a broadcast art work staged between an aerial vantage point and an audience at ground level. 

For a single hour at sunset the landscape is translated into words by a duo of commentators and relayed to the remote audience, where an act of faith between the listeners and the remote speakers ensues.

Graeme Miller’s team of audio describers unlock the space of the city from its centre outwards. A score of shifting grammatical tools reveal juxtaposition, synchronicity, action, space, the common and the unique. Each presentation is an unscripted and singularly composed response to its location. The broadcast is mixed live with the unique underscoring of an Aeolian harp sited in the aerial viewpoint.

In its first form it was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for Road Show and produced by Dream (2012) and broadcast directly to the listeners below on FM radio. Commentary was made by a wide range of people including sports and continuity announcers.

Subsequently it has taken a simpler form staged between an aerial viewpoint and listening space where the broadcast is able to be heard both live and on repeat. It was mounted between the top of Bailén 1, and the gallery of Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao (2016) and in Sculpture in the City/Whitechapel Gallery Nocturnal Creatures (2019) between a top floor hotel room and St Botolph Without Aldgate, London.




Track is an environmental work and moveable participatory installation that throws landscape through 90 degrees and sets it in motion. Face-up and camera-style, the viewer is gently pushed by their individual “grip” on a slow journey along a 150 metre length of dolly track and invited to gaze upwards.

For the participant, the work creates a shift in relationship with its environment.  For the onlooker, that space is transformed by the vanishing tracks and the continuous, hypnotic motion of the viewers and the people pushing them. It has been installed in locations that range from tree canopies to motorway flyovers.

Track was co-produced by Artsamin and Entre Cour et Jardins and originally commissioned by Home live Art and Wandsworth Council Arts Team for The Shimmy.

A chance to embrace a vivid re-orientation, to look up and wonder at our earth-bound clumsiness
Louise Gray

Track has been presented at Home Live Art (2010), Entre Cour et Jardins, Dijon (2010), Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris (2011), Fermynwoods Contemporary Art at Lyveden New Bield (2011), Festival Internazionale della Creazione Contemporanea, Terni (2011), Spaghetti Junction, Fierce Festival, Birmingham (2012), Forêt Régionale d’Etréchy (2012), Parc Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ermenonville (2013), Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes (2013), Imaginarius Festival, Santa Maria de Feira (2014), Serralves em Festa (2014, Perforacije Festival, Zagreb (2014), Domaine de Chamarande (2014), Festival de la Cité, Lausanne (2014), Winchester Hat Fair (2015), Giardini Pubblici, Cagliara (2015), WOMAD, UK (2016), Festival of Thrift, Redcar (2016)