Milena Michalski, AHRC Artist in Residence
Digital audioscape, digital video, wooden box frames
BABEL NEWS is a sound-and-vision-scape, combining abstract moving images with audio material reflecting the BBC World Service, in particular the emergence of the public voice.
The free installation is part of a discrete project, ‘Influencing the world, listening to the world: the emergence of the public voice’ (involving Prof. James Gow, Dr. Milena Michalski, Dr. Peter Busch, Jayne E. Peake within the Department of War Studies, King’s College London).
It is part of the work associated with the AHRC-funded ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community’, a major collaborative project led by Dr. Rachel Kerr in the Department of War Studies, with partners at the LSE and University of the Arts. www.artreconciliation.org
The installation opens on Monday 9 October 2017 and runs as part of the KIng's Arts & Humanities Festival, and beyond. The installation will be open from 10.00-18.00 daily. No booking is required.
About Influencing the world, listening to the world: the emergence of the public voice
How wars and major international issues are presented and discussed, the language used, and themes such as propaganda, spin and fake news that communicate these issues, are all hot topics in our current age of global insecurity. What information can be trusted? Which news counts? Which voices do we listen to?
The BBC World Service has been pivotal in reporting global conflict for almost eight decades. The acquisition of its former home, Bush House, by King’s, gives us an opportunity to explore the ways in which news reporting, strategic communication, public discussion and engagement, the very idea of global service in the broadest sense, audio-visual (radio-television) balances, the place of audiences and publics, and attitudes to key global issues have changed, since the BBC World Service began to broadcast in 1932.
As part of the project, a panel discussion on the 9 October, including Emily Kasriel, BBC World Service, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, King’s College London, Dr. Nicholas Michelsen, King’s College London, Professor Marie Gillespie, Open University, and Dr. Neville Bolt, Editor-in-Chief Defence Strategic Communications, NATO, explores the themes above.
Dr. Neville Bolt, Editor-in-Chief Defence Strategic Communications, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, LatviaProf. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College LondonProfessor Marie Gillespie, Open University , Principal Investigator, AHRC-Open University ‘Understanding the Changing Cultural Value of the BBC World Service and British Council’ ProjectEmily Kasriel, Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects, BBC World ServiceDr. Rachel Kerr, Reader in International Relations and Contemporary War, King's College LondonDr. Nicholas Michelsen, Lecturer in International Studies and Deputy Director King’s Centre for Strategic Communication, King's College London Project team Dr. Milena Michalski, AHRC Artist in Residence, Department of War Studies, King's College LondonJayne E. Peake, Arts & Conflict Hub Co-ordinator, Department of War Studies, King's College LondonProf. James Gow, Deptartment of War Studies, Professor of International Peace and Security, King'sDr. Peter Busch, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of War Studies, King's College London