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Town Hall Meeting of the Air Events Programme

A season of events | June – August 2021

This season of events is part of Town Hall Meeting of the Air exhibition at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, conceived by artists Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston.


Live reading | The Hundreds
Fri 11 June 18.00 BST

Artists Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston will read from their publication The Hundreds.
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Radio broadcast | They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it
Fri 25 June 18.00 BST

Marathon 52hr broadcast of a collective reading of Gertrude Stein’s novel The Making of Americans facilitated by Anna Barham and Irene Revell.
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Radio broadcast | Potato Radio
Tue 29 June 14.00 BST
Learn how to make a radio out of a potato in this pre-recorded workshop with Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston.
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Live collective reading | To be we to be
Thu 1 July 18.00 BST

You're invited to participate in a collective reading at BALTIC 39. You can also participate in the reading virtually, as it will be broadcast live via townhallair.com.
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Radio broadcast | Roundtable of the Air: What is Intimacy without proximity?
Sat 10 July 14.00 BST

Following the format of early twentieth century radio programme ‘America’s Town Hall Meeting of the Air’, from which Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston’s exhibition takes its title, this roundtable discussion reflects upon how we imagine intimacy in the absence of proximity.
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Film screening | Louis Kahn's Tiger City
Sat 17 July 14.00 BST
BALTIC 39 and online, FREE Booking essential

Louis Kahn's Tiger City is a feature length documentary exploring the work of American architect Louis Kahn and the creation of the National Assembly Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh amidst the liberation war in 1971. In this portrait of Kahn’s magnum opus, art historian Sundaram Tagore looks at the philosophical and material foundations of Kahn’s architectural practice. The screening will take place in the Project Space at BALTIC 39, with the films also screened online.
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Radio broadcast | Tour of Newcastle Civic Centre
Thu 22 July 18.00 BST

A recorded sound tour of Newcastle’s modernist Civic Centre.
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Symposium | ​Tangible Utopias
Thu 29 July 14.00 BST
BALTIC 39 and online, FREE Booking essential

A day of discussion on the nature and function of utopias in civic life and art practice at BALTIC 39.
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Short film screening | They obediently inhabit their built environment
Sat 31 July 18.00 BST
BALTIC 39 and online, FREE Booking essential

A programme of artists’ and archive films selected by Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston as a study of the poetics of civic infrastructure, as part of Town Hall Meeting of the Air at BALTIC 39. The screening will take place in the Project Space at BALTIC 39, with the films also screened online.
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