firefly frequencies

vernacular radio for insurgent forms of life and (un)learning

Born in 2020 from the difficult times we are all living, Firefly Frequencies is a radio platform that brings together different collectives, groups and other collaborators from several countries, in partnership with the Ecoversities Alliance. For us radio is first and foremost a place of gathering where many voices can meet, mix, transform. A membrane, a communal body that perpetually reinvents itself through different modalities and temporalities, through the dimensions of struggle, creation and care and the shared powers of reception and receptivity.

Our radio is a fugitive dwelling place, a place that focuses powers of deep and affective listening at a time when our body and mind are often fatigued by technologies of connectivity, where the image and its performativity are predominant. A place that asks us to attune ourselves as much to the material body of sound and to the sounds and silences of bodies as to the contents of what they express and transmit. That fosters attentive drift, surprise, immersion, awareness and imaginative flight. A place of transversal co-learning that interweaves music, sound-art, poetry, storytelling, live performance, conversation, cultural and political debate and the construction of alternative knowledges and pedagogies.

Hopefully, this will also be a place where the voice can experiment with different voicings and reconsider its place in relation to other sounds and soundings between the human and the non-human. A place to experiment with modes of radical discovery through listening to different times, spaces and languages, that offers the possibility of travelling beyond borders. A place for healing, for being together with vibrations and silences, the mystery of the invisible, the magic of sonic gifts. A place for solidarity, refusal, memory, invention. A place that connects with other spaces and worlds, “where the living can dance with the dead".

Silvia Maglioni, Nikolay Oleynikov, Alessandra Pomarico, Graeme Thomson