Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Making Radio Space in 1930s Canada

Curated by Michael Windover and Anne MacLennan

27 February – 07 May 2017

CUAG Spring Art Party, Thursday, 30 March 2017, 7:00 p.m.

As radio entered homes and became an increasingly important component of Canadian society, it affected not only the soundscape of everyday life but had spatial consequences. By looking at the visual and material culture of radio in 1930s Canada, this exhibition offers a new way to think about a medium closely associated with twentieth-century modernity.

This exhibition focuses on how radio created or altered concepts of space in the 1930s. Expensive consoles and cheaper tabletop models joined furniture in the living room, affecting interior design while providing access to the wider world with the turn of a dial. The new electronic medium remapped space, simultaneously situating listeners within regions and linking them to far-flung locations. And with the development of portable and automobile radios, as well as high-power transmission stations, Canadians could remain connected while travelling through space. Making Radio Space is part of a larger research project, Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956, led by Anne MacLennan (York University) and Michael Windover (Carleton University).

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