Southern Reach


Ryan Smith

Sheffield Hallam University, England.

Broadcast media in the form of television and radio has altered social behaviour via vicarious conditioning; a rich history of technological advances have transformed our domestic environment. The material elements of this infrastructure, specifically that of terrestrial broadcasting networks, are rendered unseen within the environment of the everyday. By cataloguing these isolated transmitters, an emphasis is placed on both their physical form, and the invisible network; allowing us to contemplate the systems and structures that have engendered such a profound alteration of our social environment.  
Supplying Yorkshire and parts of Derbyshire with their television and radio signals, the Emley Moor transmitter is the main supporter of a Terrestrial broadcasting network. To reach more remote and inaccessible areas the transmitter uses ‘gap fillers’, or relay stations as a means of boosting the signal; Southern Reach documents a portion of this network.