Archivist and oral historian Lindsay Reynolds and sound artist and educator Rob Peterson are on a mission to create Internet radio as art — one voice at a time. Their project is titled “Radio Transmission Ark,” which, as part of the “Visual Audio” exhibit at Anacostia’s Honfleur Gallery, seeks to catalogue the feelings and ideas of the people of the District’s 8th Ward through interviews, photos and music and broadcast them via online radio. Visitors will be able to view the final portrait — composed of sound recordings from the community, journal entries, and drawings created from found and recycled media — in addition to viewing live radio broadcasts, or transmission work, by Reynolds and Peterson. Residents can come in and create their own broadcast with the help of the two, who will be “on air” from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday until Jan. 27.
PETERSON: “An Internet-based radio station is the easiest way that we know of to transmit sound to anywhere in the world. Anacostia has historically been fairly isolated from the rest of the city. And that has a lot to do with a lot of different things, and the collision of everything from city planning to the media to the political process.
“The idea is if you go to a place — and you have no idea about the geography of that place — it’s about the process of beginning and understanding of the place. In that way, it’s not about saying, ‘We are here now, let’s figure out all the problems and try to solve them through art.’ Instead it’s, ‘We’re here now, let’s try to sort out where we are.’ ”
REYNOLDS: “We’re sort of laying the ground for people to be coming in and using the station. We want anyone to come in. . . . If somebody wants to come in and read an open letter they wrote to the D.C .media, they can come in and do that.
“Another artist who’s working with us named Kate Clark — she’s working with some kids from the Hirshhorn ArtLab+Noise Factory, and they’re high school students mostly around the age of 16. . . . They are working with some kids — some are from Anacostia and some are from different places — doing field recording workshops.”
PETERSON: My hope is that somebody from some other place in the world that doesn’t know about Anacostia and doesn’t know about the people of D.C. — somebody, somewhere in the world, might pick up the Web site and be listening to these kids DJing or doing their thing . . . and listen to it and get in touch via us or directly to them. It’s about broadening perspective and broadening the range of possibilities for a life for these kids and the people that listen to them.”
is at Honfleur Gallery , 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, through Feb. 24.