I Asked the Air to Be the Postman – 我托空气为邮差

Tao Hui (China)


Title: I Asked the Air to Be the Postman – 我托空气为邮差
Artist: Tao Hui (b. 1987, China)
Medium: a radio broadcast consisting of five recordings lasting a total of 54 minutes

Location: Co-op Radio (100.5 FM) in Vancouver, British Columbia

The Vancouver Biennale’s International Artist-in-Residence Program is excited to share the newest audio piece by Chongquing, China-based artist Tao Hui. Over the course of his six-week residency in Vancouver in the summer of 2019, Tao Hui asked the participants to share stories of loss – missed connections, forgotten friends, loved ones who have passed on – under the Vancouver Biennale’s 2018 – 2020 exhibition theme, re-IMAGE-n.

“No matter where you’re from, no matter where you live, there must be someone in your life whom you might have lost. It might have been a family member, a lover, a friend, or a stranger. Even though you might have fallen out of touch with them and they might have forgotten you. Even though you still remember them through stories, songs, and memories.

I invite you to participate in a project, where I can help you reconnect with those memories by giving your stories a platform on the radio. Maybe they might hear it, hear you, or never hear it, but your words will broadcast as a radio wave, and become a sound-based sculpture in the city of Vancouver and a commemoration between you and them forever.”
– Tao Hui




Story #1
Music 0:00-3:51
Speaker 3:52-8:00


Story #2
Music 0:00-4:02
Speaker 4:03-6:03


Story #3
Music 0:00-3:59
Speaker 4:00-13:44


Story #4
Music 0:00-5:03
Speaker 5:04-8:23


Story #5
music 0:00-3:25
Speaker 3:26-11:31


Thank you to all of the participants who shared their stories. Piano composition and performance by Lucas Hansen.


Vancouver Co-op Radio (100.5 FM / coopradio.org) is a non-profit community radio and podcast station. Since 1975, Co-op Radio has served British Columbia’s Lower Mainland with a unique mix of music, arts, culture, and public affairs programming. Each week 350 volunteers produce 90 shows in 12 languages, providing a voice for those who are underrepresented in mainstream media.

“We are proud to partner with the Vancouver Biennale on this FM audio sculpture.”

Co-op Radio

“We would like to thank Co-op Radio for this amazing opportunity that touches on powerful stories and brings disparate communities together.”

Vancouver Biennale


Special thanks to the following:  

Co-op Radio (100.5 FM), Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, TransLink, Centre A, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, and Member of Parliament Dr. Hedy Fry and office.

Photo credit: Lori Lai

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