2 Emma Toc: Writtle Calling


1615 x 835 mm
Ink on drafting film

2 Emma Toc: Writtle Calling is a temporary radio station, designed by Post-Works (Melissa Appleton and Matthew Butcher) with Tom Noonan in collaboration with ARUP Engineers, to be sited in the grounds of Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. The area holds importance in radio history as the first site of public radio broadcasts by Marconi Engineers. In 1922, every Tuesday evening, live performance was broadcast under the calling name ‘2EmmaToc’ from an ex-army hut in the fields surrounding Writtle. Post-Works’s 2 Emma Toc: Writtle Calling radio station is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, after which it will tour other venues in the UK. The radio station will host a series of live events and performances over the period of one month that will be broadcast to a local area. Regional practitioners such as artists, agriculturalists and archaeologists, will be asked to respond to the idea of 'site' in terms of the physical locality of the station and to wider regional landscape of Essex. The structure of 2 Emma Toc: Writtle Calling is derived from a collage of local Essex vernaculars, a peculiar hybrid of temporary structures and permanent dwellings and local and imported architectures. This project was funded by the Arts Council of England and Wales, Writtle College, Essex and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London.

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