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'Babel News' Installation

Bush House Arcade (Strand Campus)
09 (10:00) - 20/10/2017 (18:00)
Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2017
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.

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, Latvia
Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
Professor Marie Gillespie, Open University , Principal Investigator, AHRC-Open University ‘Understanding the Changing Cultural Value of the BBC World Service and British Council’ Project
Emily Kasriel, Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects, BBC World Service
Dr. Rachel Kerr, Reader in International Relations and Contemporary War, King's College London
Dr. 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 London
Jayne E. Peake, Arts & Conflict Hub Co-ordinator, Department of War Studies, King's College London
Prof. James Gow, Deptartment of War Studies, Professor of International Peace and Security, King's
Dr. Peter Busch, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of War Studies, King's College London

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