news release: July 2004

Calling All Agents
International Necronautical Society (INS) Broadcasting Unit

Transmitting from Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
(Underground: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus)
on 87.7 FM in London and worldwide, 24/24h daily

Free admittance to INS Transmission Room with ICA membership
(day membership £1.50 weekdays, £2.50 weekends)
Pilot transmission: 7 April 2004, 1830–2030h
Open to the public: 8–14 April 2004, 1430–2100h, daily
Tours: 1500–1700h, 1830–2030h, daily

Coinciding with the granting of a temporary licence to broadcast on FM in the London area, the INS Communications and Encodings Subcommittee opens the doors of the INS Transmission Room to the public at the ICA and establishes its first internet broadcast at

The configuration of INS broadcasting protocols was developed following the INS Second First Committee Hearings: Transmission, Death, Technology (Cubitt Gallery, London, 2002) and this installation was designed in accordance with INS General Secretary’s Report: Calling All Agents (ICA, London, 2003).

The Transmission Room is both a fully functioning radio station and an embodiment of the psychoanalytical writers Nicholas Abraham and Maria Torok's notion of the 'crypt': an enclave which Derrida has described as 'a pocket of resistance to reality'. The key elements of INS broadcasting are reception, transcription, transformation and transmission: hearing and calling. Accordingly, the Transmission Room is equipped to receive the widest possible spectrum of data, voice and text streams.

Visitors to the Transmission Room will be able to observe INS Transmission Agents (Dactylographic Assistants) preparing a series of radio broadcasts, transcribing incoming signals, monitoring patterns and devices. The dissection of what INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy calls the 'mediasphere' follows the fault-lines in culture: between literature and philosophy, art and propaganda, fiction and phantasmagoria, territory and map. Incoming content is transposed, permutated, looped, echoed and inverted. Material is subjected to metrical and technical procedures currently under investigation by the INS Communications and Encoding Subcommittee, resulting in scripts for broadcast.

INS signals will be heard on FM radio in the London area, via internet radio and rebroadcast by collaborating stations in Europe and America.

L’oiseau chante avec les doigts. Deux fois. Je repète. L’oiseau chante avec les doigts. Deux fois. Je repète. L’oiseau ...

INS Communications and Encodings Subcommittee
Tom McCarthy, INS General Secretary
Anthony Auerbach, INS Chief of Propaganda (Archiving and Epistemological Critique)
Melissa McCarthy, Chief of Staff
Laura Hopkins, Environmental Engineer
Technical Collaboration

Steve Perry, Broadcast Engineer

International Necronautical Society (INS)
INS official photos
Calling All Agents
archived news releases and press photos

Issued by Anthony Auerbach, INS Chief of Propaganda (Archiving and Epistemological Critique) via official agents.

Official INS propaganda may be freely distributed, distorted, appropriated or adapted as the reader sees fit.

Calling All Agents: INS Broadcasting Unit at the ICA wss supported by Arts Council England and the ICA