Televox is a new project by UK based artist Emma Smith commissioned by Art on the Underground.
Following the route of the new Northern Line Extension (Kennington – Nine Elms – Battersea Power Station), Televox explores the short distant barriers that separate communities in close geographic proximity. The project proposes new ways in which neighbours and strangers might communicate, drawing inspiration from the telegraph through to musical telegraphy.
Through research and collaborative workshops with local residents, Smith will build a self-performing musical instrument – the ‘Televox’ that plays in musical form greetings and messages sent by residents to people passing through their neighbourhood.
Televox is the first commission in Art on the Undergrounds artist-led programme focused on communities working and living along the Northern Line Extension. Centred on the neighbourhoods of Kennington, Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, the four year programme will present a series of ambitious collaborations between artists and local residents.
Smith will present a series of public research workshops, talks and activities exploring the ideas behind the project at Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme between January and March 2017.