Feminist Acts of Ham Radio

Owen Kelly talks to Hannah Kemp-Welch about interfaces between feminism & ham radio, and the mysteries of ‘natural radio’.

Episode 029     July 14, 2023
Contributors    Owen Kelly     |   Hannah Kemp-Welch    

Hannah Kemp-Welch is a sound artist with a social practice. She creates works collaboratively and in community settings, often responding to social issues. Recent projects include ‘The Right to Record’ (2021) – a creative campaign with disabled activists, which successfully lobbied the Government to change a harmful clause within the benefits system; ‘Meet Me on the Radio’ (2020-21) – a weekly Resonance FM programme co-produced with elders isolated during lockdown; and ‘o-o-radio!’ (2023) – a project at Wysing Arts Centre, constructing homemade radios with d/Deaf young people, to better understand how hearing aids operate.

Hannah has a particular interest in transmission arts – she experiments with DIY radios and produces zines to make these technologies accessible. She is a member of feminist radio art group Shortwave Collective and arts cooperative Soundcamp, and has produced works for Radio Art Zone (2022), Movement Radio (2022), and Radiophrenia (2020-22).

In this episode Owen Kelly makes a genuine inquiry into the possible interfaces between feminism and ham radio.