Reading International is pleased to present:
Eggy and Seedy
A serialised radio play by Alastair MacKinven
Episodes will air between 11.00am and 1.00pm
each Tuesday and Friday
on Blast 1386
from 11 April 2017
Listen live at http://tunein.com/radio/Blast-1386-s6837/
An interview with the artist will be broadcast on 11 April 2017 at 11am
Alastair MacKinven’s Eggy and Seedy will go live on the Reading radio station Blast 1386 from Tuesday 11 April 2017 to reveal a narrative involving a romantic relationship between two historical land artists. This new work originates from two previous performances by MacKinven that connect processes of entropy, regeneration and remaking – All of the things that you could be by now if Robert Smithson’s wife was your mother (2006/7) and When the Schtick Hits the Fan (2009) – that form an ongoing critical plot in the artist’s work.
Interestingly, the artist was asked to present a birthing ceremony by a midwifery hospital in Manchester after the clinic misunderstood his initial actions as practical presentations instead of symbolic rebirths, a misinterpretation that led to the artist’s plan for his radio play in Reading, which in part connects to the initiation of a new contemporary art festival in a regional location with a burgeoning cultural scene.
The play is part of a wider multifaceted project also titled ‘Eggy and Seedy’ by MacKinven and Matt Copson, which comprises an exhibition by over thirty international artists in a local café, a show in a refurbished office block, a concert including Ben Wallers (formerly of the band The Country Teasers) and the musician felicita, as well as the publication of a 7” vinyl record featuring Mike Skinner (formerly of The Streets).
About Reading International: Reading International is Reading’s new contemporary visual arts organisation promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings, workshops and talks as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks. Its activities are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England’s Ambition for Excellence Programme, the University of Reading and Reading Borough Council.