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 opens a line of communication between communities in close geographic proximity. Drawing inspiration from the history of the telegraph in Nine Elms, which provided a revolution in long distance communication, the project offers a new form of short distance communication through musical telegraphy between neighbours.
Through research and meetings Smith will develop a new musical score to be performed on a self-playing instrument. The ‘Televox’ score will transpose in musical form greetings and messages sent between residents and workers in the 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.
As part of her research Smith presented a series of public research activities exploring ideas behind the project at Tate Modern for the Tate Exchange programme between January and March 2017.