Sarah Washington – artist CV

Please scroll down for biography and photos. Email contact: sarah[at]mobile-radio[dot]net

Radio commissions (selection)

  • The Tide of Life, WDR 3, Cologne. 2023
  • One Thought Fills Immensity, Cape Farewell and ORF Kunstradio, Vienna. 2018
  • Render, SAVVY Funk, documenta14, Berlin. 2017
  • Nicht Nur im Kopf, ORF Kunstradio, Vienna. 2017
  • Dance Dance Dance to the Radio, WDR 3, Cologne. 2013
  • City of Drizzle, ORF Kunstradio, Vienna (Nominated for EBU Palma Ars Acustica). 2012
  • 100 Words per Metre, ORF Kunstradio, Vienna / WDR 3, Cologne. 2010
  • duration unknown, VPRO Netherlands. 2010
  • Morsonata, F.O.N festival, Barrow-in-Furness. 2009
  • Hearing in Tongues, 8–part radio art series, Tate Modern, London. 2007

Residency & stipend (selection)

  • Bridderhaus residency, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. 2022
  • Villa Waldberta Artist in Residence Munich, Germany. 2021
  • Musikfonds, Neustart Kultur, Germany. 2020/21
  • Agosto Foundation residency, Prague, Czech Republic. 2018
  • Wave Farm residency, Acra, NY, USA. 2015
  • FAAP Residencia Artistica, São Paulo, Brasil. 2012
  • Open Studios Prague Dolni Pocernice, Czech Republic. 2006

Curation (selection)

  • Artisitc Director, Radio Art Zone, as part of European Capital of Culture Esch22. Luxembourg, 2022
  • Curator, Radio Revolten festival, Halle (Salle), Germany. 2015-2016
  • Co-founder, Radia international radio art network, International. 2004
  • Co-founder, Resonance FM, London, UK. 2002
  • Director, London Musicians’ Collective, London, UK. 2001-2004

Publications & Catalogues

  • Sarah Washington, Radio Art Zone, Hatje Cantz, 2023
  • Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington, Ralf Wendt, Radio Revolten – 30 Days of Radio Art, Spector Books, Leipzig. Chapters: Under the Skin, Cabaret, and Rituals. 2019
  • Luis Pérez-Oramas, André Severo, Tobi Maier, Isabela Villanueva, Catalogue Thirtieth Bienal de São Paulo, exhibition catalogue, São Paulo, Brazil. Artist feature. 2012
  • Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff, Maria Papadomanolaki, Transmission Arts, PAJ Publications, New York. Artist feature. 2011

Group and solo exhibitions

  • Under the Hood – Clingradio, rainy days festival, Philharmonie, Luxembourg. 2023
  • Radiophonic Spaces, Museum Tinguely, Basel, HKW, Berlin, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar. 2018/2019
  • Under the Hood – Clingradio, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany. 2017
  • In the Air We Share, Radio Revolten, Halle (Saale), Gemany. 2016
  • Mobile Radio BSP, São Paulo Art Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil. 2012
  • Klingelpütz Parkuhr, Art Special, Cologne, Germany. 2010

Performative broadcasts (selection)

  • FMeral, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. 2018
  • Tonic Train, WFMU, Jersey City, New Jersey. 2015
  • Tonic Train, CFRU, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. 2015
  • Introducing Leslie, Deep Wireless Festival, Artspace Wychwood Barns, Toronto. 2015
  • Mobile Radio Band featuring Haco, Resonance FM, London. 2015
  • Feedback – 120th Anniversary transmission, Resonance FM, London. 2014
  • Sketch for Ascent and Descent by Ed Baxter, Science Museum, London. 2014
  • Imaginary Radio Band No.1 collaboration, Addicted2Random festival, Halle. 2013
  • Arts Birthday with Willem de Ridder, Weserburg Museum, Bremen. 2013
  • The Principle of Yeast, Raven Row gallery, London, live in Lisbon & London. 2011
  • Endangered Radio Band, Palazzo delle Arti, Naples. 2009
  • Oscillatomium, Atomium, Brussels, live in London, Lisbon, New York & Brussels. 2008
  • Clingradio Zurich, Radio LoRa, Zurich. 2007
  • Tonic Train vs. P4, The Morning Show, DR Radio P4, Denmark. 2007
  • Dinner for Two, Art’s Birthday, ORF Kunstradio, Vienna. 2007

Concert tours

  • Unhappy Fly, with Xentos Fray Bentos, Richard Dudanski, John Glyn and Christian Schmidt, Europe. 2019
  • Mobile Radio Band and Tonic Train, with Haco and Knut Aufermann, Europe. 2015
  • Self Cancellation, curated by Rhodri Davies with Gustav Metzger, UK. 2008
  • Feedback: Order from Noise, with Alvin Lucier, Otomo Yoshihide, Nic Collins, Toshimaru Nakamura, Knut Aufermann, Billy Roisz & Xentos Fray Bentos, UK. 2004
  • Kunstradio Tour, with Xentos Fray Bentos, Trefina Mulford, Knut Aufermann, & Lepke B, Europe. 2004
  • ReSponge, with Børre Mølstad, Knut Aufermann and Anselm Caminada, Europe. 2002


  • Dubbelradio, art documentary, supported by Goethe Institut, Stockholm. 2013

Talks (selection)

  • Radiogespräche, Bauhaus University, Weimar. 2018
  • What we’ve learned so far – 10 years of Mobile Radio, Trans X Symposium, Toronto. 2015
  • Community Radio as Post-Capitalist Art, Radio Now: A Symposium, LCC, London. 2015
  • Radio art & Mobile Radio, University of the Arts, London. 2014
  • Community Radio as Post-Capitalist Art, Radio As Art, Weserburg Museum, Bremen. 2014
  • Mobile Radio at the São Paulo Bienal, Iaspis, Stockholm. 2013
  • Mobile Radio BSP & Radia, European Broadcasting Union Ars Acustica, WDR, Köln. 2013
  • Introducing Mobile Radio at the 30th São Paulo Bienal, Goethe Institut, São Paulo. 2012
  • Mobile Radio and radio art, Kunst & Æter, Copenhagen. 2011
  • Mobile Radio, Radiaator festival, Tallinn. 2011
  • Radio Magic, panel discussion, transmediale, HKW, Berlin. 2011
  • Mobile Radio, RadiaLx festival, Lisbon. 2008
  • Mobile Radio and radio art, Academy of Media Art Cologne (KHM). 2008

Workshops (selection)

  • Introduction to Radio Art, CNA, Luxembourg. 2019
  • Radio hacking, Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto. 2015
  • Radio hacking, Radio Campus France & RC Mulhouse, Mulhouse. 2013
  • Creating a Radio Festival – Dubbelradio, Konsthall C, Stockholm. 2013
  • Radio from Scratch, Konsthall C, Stockholm. 2013
  • Radio from Scratch, 30th São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo. 2012
  • Radio from Scratch, Octopus, Barrow-in-Furness. 2010
  • Circuit Bending, Aux, Copenhagen. 2007
  • Circuit Bending, British Council, Bratislava. 2006
  • Creating a Radio Orchestra – DAIRO, Dutch Art Institute, Enschede. 2006
  • Big Mouth Radio Beam with Felix Kubin, Dutch Art Institute, Enschede. 2005


Sarah Washington creates radio works, sound installations, radio dramas, radio art stations and festivals, and performs improvised music with self-made electronic instruments. She is a founder member of the radio station Resonance FM in London and the international radio art network Radia. Commissions include a radio art series for Tate Modern, London (2007), a 100-day radio station for the 30th São Paulo Bienal (2012), and a series of radio shows for SAVVY FUNK at documenta 14 (2017). In 2016 she was co-curator of the Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival in Halle (Saale), and in 2022 co-Artistic Director of Radio Art Zone as part of the European Capital of Culture Esch22. Since 2000 Washington has worked together with Knut Aufermann in the music duo Tonic Train. In 2005 they founded the travelling radio project Mobile Radio, which has produced work and taught radio art in 23 countries.


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