Airbourne, 2016. Audio installation; Raspberry-pi and FM radio transmitter, 18 mins approx. Exhibited in the crypt of St Mary Magdalene’s church, London.
“Alan Magee’s work forces consciousness of an individual’s morality as it juxtaposes the implicit morals of the sacred space with the revivalism of current nationalist tendencies. Airborne is a radio transmitter limited to the confines of the crypt and infecting the space. It silently broadcasts offensive and politically irreverent jokes from an air vent. By choosing to engage with this content we are presented with the irresponsible nature of racism. Just as religion has the capability to justify acts of evil, racism can be masked or legitimised by jokes. What is humour? If the viewer chooses to ignore the explicit warning they are also passive observers.”
Text by Galitzine MacKenzie
1:05 second excerpt