Radar Traces was featured as part of The Otolith Group’s A Sunken Trembling Recalled Dimly (16.03.2011 – 18.03.2011) and was aired during an evening of playbacks on 18 March 2011. (Image from Hydra Decapita)
“Radar Traces (Mark Fisher, 2008, 45 min) is a hauntological reworking of interviews conducted with female radar operators working at Bawdsley Radar Station in Suffolk from 1943 to 1945.
Evening 3 explores the potentials and the legacies of the audio-essay. Between the Scylla of sound art that is often sterile and the Charybdis of noise which applauds itself for its vanguardism, the audio essay offers possibilities for pursuing new modes of documentary fiction. The postwar projects pioneered by the Radio Ballads of Charles Parker, Ewan Mccoll and Peggy Seeger, the Solitude Trilogy of Glenn Gould and the hyperstitional works of Gregory Whitehead and Susanne Treister offer hints that by no means exhaust the field of the possible.”
MF’s collaboration with Justin Barton, LondonunderLondon, was also aired, followed by a discussion in relation to On Vanishing Land with critic Rayya Badran, critic and artist Brian Rogers and Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun:
“Justin Barton and Mark Fisher will discuss the potentials of the audio-essay in relation to On Vanishing Land, their forthcoming soundtracked by Burial. This audio-essay takes as its starting point a 2006 walk that the authors made along the Suffolk coastland, starting at Felixstowe container terminal and ending at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge in order to explore the Suffolk terrain as a geography of the eerie that is here distinguished from the unsettling modes of the uncanny and the weird. On Vanishing Land explores connections between the ghosted narratives of MR James, many of which were inspired by Suffolk’s coastland and Brian Eno’s On Land, whose unsettled ambience auditions an auditory geography announced in track titles such as Lantern Marsh and ‘Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)’, both of which are named after Suffolk locations.”