by Andrew Ravenscroft
“There’s no point in asking
You’ll get no reply.” (Sex Pistols, 1977)
RadioActive is inspired by musical revolutions as varied as the birth of blues, punk, hip-hop and acid-house, and Orson Well’s notion of ‘the confidence ignorance’. It is a new and radical project and approach, being initiated by a consortium of researchers, youth and community workers, local charities and creative people in general - that uses internet radio and social media to engage and develop socially excluded young people in East London. Exploring rich and varied personal and community identities, and promoting their articulation, expression and positive transformation, are pivotal to RadioActive. It embodies a new approach to social media design - that is conceived as an intervention in existing digital, and mixed-reality, cultures. The fundamental idea is to catalyse, organise and legitimise the digital practices, content production and critical and creative potential of marginalised young people to provide a new and original community voice. This voice will combine the intimacy, relevance and ‘touchability’ of local radio with the crowd sourcing power of social media. Critical and creative cultural development, embracing the underground and challenging the status quo through the expression of lived experience.
“It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under”, (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, 1982)
21st May to 1st June 2012