As part of the State of Design festival the mis-design exhibition featured a ‘pop-up pirate radio tower’ inspired by David Foster Wallace’s celebrated novel, Infinite Jest was envisioned by architect and artist Adam Kalkin.
A container for communications.
Created from a locally salvaged shipping container and painted with geometric designs in blue, orange and white, the 40 foot tower hosted a narrowcast radio broadcast of ‘spiritual tennis propaganda’ for the duration featuring local designers, architects, photographers, poets, musicians and performers.
Designed to imagine what's possible.
The aim was to re-map the potential of contemporary art in a culture overwhelmed by design.
To engage with design in a consciously provocative manner and exploit the internal irrationality of our materialist age.
As part of a wider team, my role involved creating a string of visual assets used during the lifespan of the radio installation including promotional pop-up boombox cards, volunteer clothing and exterior signage around the pirate radio tower.
A Vision for Victoria.
As a result the Pop-Up Pirate Radio narrowcast served as a catalyst to attract more cultural funding to Victoria by featuring a cream of local talent including Pat Fox, Taboo Agency and Chunky Move.
This delighted the client, as they were able to communicate with their audience in a bespoke and boutique way.
The project was funded by the Victorian College of the Arts.