Radio Past | Radio Future

Greta Byrum at The Lobby.

On August 18, 2019, Greta Byrum hosted Radio Past | Radio Future — a live, lower-power microbroadcast on 87.9 FM from The Lobby in Brooklyn. During the broadcast, Byrum explored some of the implications of a “distributed future” where technological infrastructures are built and maintained by communities. The broadcast included voices and sounds from The Lobby, along with recordings of Octavia Butler and Grace Lee Boggs, Very Low Frequency (VLF) earth radio recordings by Stephen P. McGreevy, and the soundtrack to Early Abstractions, a short film series by Harry Smith.

Listen to a two-part recording of excerpts from Radio Past | Radio Future below:

 

 

Greta Byrum would like to thank Annabel Daou and Olivia Divecchia for their contributions to this broadcast.

Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School for Social Research and Director of the Community Tech New York project, she builds digital justice through applied research, community collaborations, and policy strategy. Previously Byrum founded and led the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC.

The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.

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