Future Artefacts FM is an artist run program that supports artists working with both sound and fiction, culminating in a program of radio shows, workshops and live events.
Founded by artists Nina Davies and Niamh Schmidtke, the program began when show hosts started making sound works that didn’t fit into traditional art spaces. Both works dealt with imagined futures in the form of a radio play
and a fictional podcast, at just over 15 minutes long, Nina and Niamh were certain these works would never see the light of day in a gallery.
Following a three episode residency at RTM, from August to October of 2021, featuring first guest artist Rebeca Romero alongside works from Nina and Niamh, they decided to continue the program inviting more artists so as to present a broader range of futures. Some of the commissioned works have further culminated in physical, moving image and performance works.
This bi-monthly radio show, with Radio Thamesmead, features a 10–15 minute original works by a selected artists, usually in the form of a radio play, short story, fictional podcast or soundscape. The work is followed by a 40 minute conversation between the artist and hosts Nina and Niamh.
Each episode includes a bespoke soundtrack created by artist Joe Moss who's practice also works with fiction and John Trevaskis who works at Penguin Books Podcasts. The show is also produced with the help of Flo Lines from Radio Thamesmead.
Niamh Schmidtke is a visual artist based between Dublin and London with Irish/Swedish heritage. She completed her MFA at Goldsmiths, in 2021. Through object making, installation and writing, she explores the relationship between financial logics and climate breakdown through fiction, in order to express the social and political complications of ‘being green'. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at Limerick City Gallery (2019), a presentation of academic research and sculpture at the 3rdDARE conference, Ghent, Belgium (2019) and Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, London (2021), and in 2022 she was shortlisted for the Gilchrist Fisher Award.
Coming from an extensive dance and performance background, Nina Davies now situates her work within the Fine Arts; questioning choreography beyond its performative state. Using moving image, sound, text and fiction her practice aims to further critical discussion around dance by observing how it intersects with language and where it begins to take on commodified or material forms. Her work has been exhibited and shown at Overmorrow House, Battle; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick; SEAGER Gallery, London; Robota - Center for Advanced Studies, Bratislava; and Museum Tijdschrift Cultuurcentrum, Brugge.
Joe Moss (left) is an Artist and Producer working at the intersection of craft and new technology. Joe graduated from CSM BA in 2015 and has since displayed work with the likes of The Tate Exchange, The Museum of Data, NN Contemporary, Newlyn Art Gallery & Hauser & Wirth amongst other places.
John Trevaskis (right) is a filmmaker, composer and producer based in South East London. John's work has won Webby, D&AD and Design Week awards, and been featured across national and international broadcast media with talent including Barack Obama, Paul McCartney, Bernardine Evaristo and Marcus Rashford.