End Transmission combines two long-term obsessions: extremely degraded material on the boundaries of recognisability, and complex audio-visual relationships. It follows a series of experiments where audio and video signals were made to interfere with one another (in a very lo-tech ‘hardware hacking’ scenario). In this instance, I’ve taken the idea of interference more literally. Several pairs of video senders/receivers, of the domestic variety used to transmit satellite tv around the home, were used to send audio and video signals and cause them to ‘jam’ each other to produce the glitchy images and sounds you see and hear (I also used various ham radios etc. in the same way for the audio). This process was quite performative, and many little fragments and gestures were produced, to be edited meticulously, often at the frame-level, into a fixed-media composition. I wanted to combine the spontaneity I’ve evolved through my live audiovisual performances with the rigor of studio-based composition. My aim was to evoke a complex but extremely degraded transmission or message which has the patterns, shapes and structure of a meaningful communication, but with largely enigmatic and barely-recognisable material.
Here’s a picture of some of the stuff I used – UHF video senders and receivers (the little dish things in front), a wireless headphones transmitter, my Granny’s old valve radio (lovely analogue hummy sound), a ham radio from eBay, an amplified VHF aerial (the phallic looking thing on top), a radio spy camera, and a reel of wire I strung up all around the house and attic to make a massive ad hoc aerial. Oh, and the microwave!