Pop-up pirate radio tower installed at the VCA

August 11 / 66

A pop-up pirate radio tower designed by US artist and architect Adam Kalkin has been installed at the Victorian College of the Arts’ Southbank campus.



Mr Kalkin created the tower as a feature in the upcoming Mis-Design exhibition for the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University and the State of Design Festival.

The tower, an upended shipping container, stands more than 12 metres high and will be fitted with an internal staircase and a fully functioning radio studio. 

Professor Su Baker, Director of the VCA, said it was “a joy to be hosting such an irreverent architectural creation”.

“We also hope it enhances the conversation around the development of the Southbank Arts Precinct to become one of the great focal points of cultural capital in Victoria.”

The project was funded and presented by the Victorian College of the Arts, in collaboration with the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swinburne University and RMIT University.

Staff can visit the website, pirateradiotower.com, for podcasts, interviews and daily updates or tune-in to 96.9 MHz within 1km of the site.

Until 24 September, students from the VCA and RMIT will work with community groups to produce programs scheduled to air online and broadcast throughout the CBD via 96.9FM, featuring commentary on the arts including design, music, dance and journalism.  

The tower is also an integral component of the Adam Kalkin Tennis Academy (AKTA), featuring in the upcoming Mis-Design exhibition at the Potter Museum. 

The tower draws its inspiration from the mysterious late night radio station of Infinite Jest transmitting “spiritual tennis propaganda” throughout the AKTA.


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