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Radio Dreaming explores dreams of place and how landscapes speak through dreamers.

About this project

Our 5-part Radio Dreaming adventure whisks you off to limestone hills, fragile boglands and honeycombe caves to encounter an inspirational mythology of voices, sounds, dreams and traditional Irish music. Themed episodes will spark fresh curiosity leaving you eager to go out and dream your own homeplaces alive.

We believe Art is for everyone. Radio is an exciting medium that reaches people in their own homes or cars, in cities, small towns or very rural settings. The aim of Radio Dreaming is to inspire others to share their own stories and perspectives and connect with their own homeplaces in new ways.

Starting in April, we will launch Radio Dreaming on radio stations around the globe simultaneously taking it back to its source at Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in Éire/Northern Ireland through our Radio Dreaming Pod Tour. Our custom made “diddyvan” houses a mobile, solar-powered listening and recording suite, collaborative drawing studio and a Place Dreamer Tool-Kit to share with visitors. We will roll up at village greens, isolated farms and city centres, key Geopark sites and visitor centres for people to climb aboard to listen, dream and draw.

Look for broadcasts on your community radio station or request them! If you live in the Geopark we’d love for you to stop by the Place Dreamer Pod to share a cup of tea, have a listen to Radio Dreaming and take a peek at the novel Place Dreamer Tool-Kit stowed in the cannily designed back hatch area of the Pod.

Place-Dreamer Pod, getting ready to launch the Radio Dreaming Tour
Place-Dreamer Pod, getting ready to launch the Radio Dreaming Tour

WHAT IS RADIO DREAMING?

Radio Dreaming draws on the rich experiences of our 40 day research trip to the cross-border Marble Arch Caves Geopark. Starring characters like Wild Bumble Bees, Rushing Rivers, The Starry Saxifrage, Margaret Gallagher and her Traditional Thatched Cottage, Cave Rescue Specialist Les Brown and the Buskers of Beleek, Radio Dreaming opens windows into other worlds. Expect to find new ways to discover hidden dreams and meanings within a landscape.

Building on our successful Radio Dreaming pilot broadcast, we have woven hundreds of DREAMING PLACE field recordings, interviews and soundscapes to create four new exciting episodes.The complete radio series explores edible landscapes, wild dreams, local traditions, myths of land and water, geology of limestone landscapes, tools for Dreaming Place, self-sufficiency and off-grid dreaming.

Dream Cloud Postcard - Marble Arch Caves Research Journey
Dream Cloud Postcard - Marble Arch Caves Research Journey

Why Community Radio?
With its powerful agency, radio is a potent place for experimentation, innovation and communication in the Arts. Radio Dreaming will be broadcast on art and community radio stations, as they serve specific and geographic communities and broadcast content that is relevant to local, specific audiences often overlooked by commercial, mass-media. We support stations that are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve, for the people by the people.

Help us get Radio Dreaming on your favorite community radio station!
If you’d like Radio Dreaming to air on your local community radio station, contact us and ask your station to play the show. We’ll make every effort to get the series to air in your community.

Feedback + Kudos for Radio Dreaming
Radio Dreaming sounds and voices are experienced inside of us, triggering mental imagery and emotions which alter our innermost states. Feedback from people who listened to our Radio Dreaming Pilot Episode indicate how it can affect listeners.

I'm loving the sounds, smells, textures, and virtual visuals of Radio Dreaming! It's a 'mini-vacation'!!
-Gale Picard Dorion, New Mexico

A wonderful project, reconnecting to and listening to inner/outer Nature is crucial in this time of ecological and ethical crisis.

-Colin Donoghue, New York

A very impressive and ambitious project.  Good luck. I'm sure it will be a big success after all your hard work.
-Eileen Elgey, England

...inspires listeners to hear again their own lives, with new ears, and inspires our programme makers to step outside conventional radio formats and try something new.
-Lucinda Guy Soundart radio, England

Some beautiful wisdom and I like the topic. Its a great idea to link dreaming to animals, landscapes and people. Congratulations! 
-Rebecca Egeling, Germany

I believe the work you do really helps people to value what is important about their place in space – keep it up.
-Dave Scott,  N. Ireland

RADIO DREAMING PLACE-DREAMER POD TOUR

Our wee Place-Dreamer Pod is a micro-caravan and solar-powered listening space, recording booth and drawing studio custom made by Nigel Gurney of Diddyvans Teardrop Trailers. Inside the wood and aluminium pod is a comfy space for us to host visitors. Under the rear hatch is a specially designed storage space displaying our tool-kit of ideas for Dreaming Place. 

Place-Dreamer Pod
Place-Dreamer Pod

The little Pod will likely attract a fair bit of attention, which is fine by us. During the Radio Dreaming Tour we’ll be sharing Radio Dreaming episodes and drawings as well as collecting and recording new stories, music and sounds and making new collaborative drawings for future viewing in installations and on our website.

Host the Place-Dreamer Pod
If you live in the Marble Arch Cave Geopark area and would like the Place-Dreamer Pod to come to your community for a visit during our tour, please drop us a line!

WHY US?

We’ve been working on Radio Dreaming for nearly two years, since the DREAMING PLACE research trip that we took to Marble Arch Caves Geopark in Summer 2011.

DREAMING PLACE Postcard
DREAMING PLACE Postcard

We approach Radio as contemporary artists working in the fields of art, ecology and sound, so we bring a unique perspective, different from others working in sound or radio-based careers. We have thousands of hours of experience audio recording, editing, as well as project creation, management and promotion. We are highly motivated and quite simply love what we do. We are passionate about nature, culture, technology, people, places and things and strive to create projects that challenge and engage. Our arts practice integrates ancient technologies and time-tested traditions with novel techniques and technology to reconnect us with places and to help us realize that we are actually embedded within the ecology around us at any given location.

We’ve produced multiple sound works and installations. The illustrated radio journey, “How Far From Home Are We” sprung from a journey to Helsinki by land and sea and has resulted in a series of international broadcasts and exhibitions. The experience and momentum from these works puts us in a position to be successful with our current and much larger project, Radio Dreaming.

ANNA AND CLAIRE: A COLLABORATION

Anna and Claire’s imaginative and adventurous international collaboration began in 2007 while studying on the MA Arts and Ecology course at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. When they finished their studies and Claire returned to her native New Mexico, they promised to meet up again, but this time in Ireland. Together they continue to make audio journeys, radio broadcasts, drawings, sculptural installations and performative events. Working from their contrasting home places, Claire and Anna’s collaboration transcends the miles through internet technologies. Their collaborative works have been shown in traditional art venues and galleries as well as libraries, universities, museum bookshops, cafes, visitor centers, theatres, aired on radio stations and experienced on moorlands, trails, city bridges and even been taken out for walks. Dreaming Place, The Exchange, If you’d like to..., How far from Home are we?and now Radio Dreaming are projects in which people, places, creatures and things come together to Dream Place as the future unfolds. See more of Anna and Claire’s work here and their collaborative CV here.

Anna is a lively contemporary artist (BA Fine Art, MA Arts and Ecology) with an experimental practice. She lives in a hamlet  on the rim of English Riviera Geopark, collaborating with Global Geoparks & National Parks in UK, Spain, Éire and USA. Her imaginative storyblogs, novel podcasts, gallery installations and radio broadcasts challenge and delight audiences around the world. Her work has been shown at Cornerhouse/BBC, Matt Roberts, CCANW, ISEA12 and 516 Arts Albuquerque. She won first prize at ECO Open, Exeter Phoenix and has twice received Grants from Arts Council England/National Lottery.  See more of Anna’s work here and here.

Claire is an interdisciplinary artist (BA Arts and Anthropology, MA Arts and Ecology), synthesizing art, activism, environmental advocacy, education and anthropology through experimentation with diverse mediums. Collaboration, social and environmental justice and the endless study of the human experience inspire her. She is founder and director of LEAP and has shown and aired works across New Mexico and Colorado, Chicago, UK and Europe. Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Claire lives with her husband in their off-grid home in Sunshine Valley. See more of Claire’s work here and here.

OUR COLLABORATORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Teaming up with local host organizations allows us to learn from experts with local knowledge, gain privileged access to sensitive sites and to experience places in a deeper, more informed way. Radio Dreaming is built from the generosity, expertise, local knowledge, talent  and wisdom that has been offered to us at Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. From scientists to potholers our project participants come from many walks of life. Radio Dreaming and the Place-Dreamer Pod Tour is our way of kindling engagement and creativity and saying a celebratory thank you to the people, places, rivers, rocks, breezes and communities of Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

TIMELINE AND LOGISTICS

April 24 - May 18: Radio Pod Tours Marble Arch Caves Geopark
Through your generous support we will roll up at places like Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Cliffs of Mahgo, jetties of Upper and Lower Lough Erne, Florence Court and Crom National Trust Estates, Gortatole and Caratraw Activity Centres, Shannon Pot, Cavan town centre, Enniskillen Castle Museum and Killykeegan Nature Reserve.

April - December: Radio Dreaming airs on community stations worldwide
We are poised to launch the 5-part Radio Dreaming broadcast series starting in April. With your support it will air on radio stations worldwide including Soundart Radio, Riviera FM in Devon, KRZA Radio in Colorado and New Mexico and Radia fm in over 20 countries around the world.

WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO

Currency conversions are approximate and subject to international market fluctuations

  • Claire's round trip airfare, ABQ- London: £691 / $1048 / €801
  • Claire’s round trip train fare, London - Exeter: £118/ $179 / €137
  • Irish Ferry round trip, Pembroke - Rosslare, Ireland: £329 / $499 / €381
  • Journey Van fuel (Total = 1,840 K / 1143.3 mi. @ £1.45/litre): £267/ $405 / €310
  • 18 days wild camping + 5 days paid camping - £24/night:  £120 / $182 / €139
  • Towing extras + insurance + AA: £250 /$379 / €290
  • Radio Dreaming promotional postcards:  £350 / $531 / €406
  • Sim cards for ipad + mobile phone credit:  £75 / $114 / €87
  • Diddyvan portable solar panels: £209 / $317 / €242
  • Diddyvan completion cost: £775 / $1176 / €898
  • Estimated Reward fulfilment costs £300 / $455 / €348
  • TOTAL Project costs: £3184 / $4830 / €3691


HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We have already dedicated thousands of unpaid hours to this project -  planning, collecting footage, storyboarding, scripting, editing, promoting and blogging. This is our final push to bring all our hard work to fruition by launching Radio Dreaming out into the world. We work online together 90% of the time, but now we need donations to cover the costs of the Radio Dreaming Launch and Place-Dreamer Pod Tour.

How much are we asking for?
We only need £3,184 / $4815 / €3,654 to make our project happen! Our research trip to Marble Arch Caves was Lottery funded through an Arts Council England Grant for our original DREAMING PLACE journey to Marble Arch Caves Geopark in 2011. In December 2012, Radio Dreaming was given a very generous donation of £5,000 and Nigel Gurney of Diddyvans Teardrop Trailers has given us a £500 discount on the Pod that he is building for us. We have a £300 bursary from Fermanagh District Council (N.Ireland)  and we have support in-kind from Marble Arch Caves Geopak. Your generous support will help to close the remaining budget gap and enable this project to go forward!

WHAT WILL YOU GET FOR SUPPORTING OUR PROJECT?

For those of you that provide financial support for Radio Dreaming, (THANK YOU!) we have a fleet of fun REWARDS designated in the sidebar. Among them, original, hand-drawn Dream Cloud Postcards sent directly from Marble Arch Caves Geopark to you or the person of your choice as the Place-Dreamer Pod Tour unfolds, as well as exclusive online Radio Dreaming links, prints of our collaborative drawings and much more! With your support, Radio Dreaming will begin airing in April and you’ll be able to listen to all five Radio Dreaming Episodes on a community radio station near you! Please get in touch with us to request Radio Dreaming on your local radio station. If you live in or near the Marble Arch Caves Geopark, you could request a personal visit from the Place-Dreamer Pod! And of course you also have the warm feeling for helping two motivated, hard working, visionary artists!

Become a Radio Dreaming backer and receive original Dream Cloud Postcards drawn especially for you and sent during our Radio Dreaming Pod Tour!

Dream Cloud Postcard - Marble Arch Caves Research Journey
Dream Cloud Postcard - Marble Arch Caves Research Journey

Or receive limited edition Glycee prints of our Dreaming Place collaborative drawings!

"Techno Branch" Dreaming Place Collaborative Drawing by Anna and Claire
"Techno Branch" Dreaming Place Collaborative Drawing by Anna and Claire

Risks and challenges

Among our biggest challenges will be to get the Radio Dreaming series out onto as many radio stations as possible. Communicating and negotiating scheduling with each new radio station can be time-consuming work, however we have good connections to other stations through the community radio stations that we are already working with to help overcome this challenge.

During our Radio Dreaming Place-Dreamer Pod Tour, we’ll be wild camping, in hilly border country without ready access to basic services, including water and loos. Mobile coverage is patchy in the Geopark, so arranging appointments and interviews will be harder than at home. Rain will likely be one of our biggest challenges, as it may deter visitors. Our pod carries two batteries, so we can make the most of any sunshine. If we run out of solar power, we will need to search out campsites or other locations to plug in and charge up from the grid. This will take additional time and may incur additional expenses. We are minimising the risks by being well prepared. We have friends and contacts and a degree of insiders’ knowledge of water sources, camp spots and public facilities.

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    (approx. $227 / €174) 1 Limited Edition Gyclée print (A2 - 59.5 cm x 42 cm/23.4 x 16.5) of Anna and Claire’s Collaborative Drawing of your choice + Special Private Backer’s Link (see above) + 3 hand-drawn, hand-written, original Dream Cloud Postcards (see above)

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