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Dara Friedman On The Theater of Your Mind

January 18th, 2018

Artist Dara Friedman and curator Rene Morales talk about Perfect Stranger, Friedman's mid-career survey at the Perez Art Museum, Miami. The exhibition features seventeen major film and video works shot in Miami, New York, and Germany. Intertwined with our conversation, you’ll hear some of the sonic encounters that lie waiting behind thick velvet curtains in the multi-chambered show. It’s through these curtains that you enter Dara Friedman's Theater of the Mind.


Studio Drift on Nature and Technology

January 4th, 2018

Today we take you to the intersection of nature, art and technology to meet Amsterdam-based artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneka Gordjein of Studio Drift. They design their creative applications of new technology to make us question the lines we draw between humanity and nature, chaos and order. Presented during Miami Art Week 2017, Studio Drift's flying sculpture made of 300 lighted drones was especially provocative and poetic. The artists leave us believing in the unexpected potential for technology to feel natural.

Piano solo: Joep Beving


Report from Miami Art Week-Jolt Radio-13Dec2017

December 21st, 2017

In our report from Miami Art Week 2017, Tanja HollanderNancy DavidsonTania El KhourySara Driver and Amy Sherald talk about the roles that social media art, inflatable sculpture, interactive performance, documentary film and figurative painting played during Miami Art Week and Art Basel 2017.

Tanja Hollander is an artist who lives and works in Auburn, Maine. No need for a ticket to an art fair or a museum to experience her social media project Are You Really My Friend? during Art Week. You could participate by visiting a small pavilion inside the Botanical Garden on Miami Beach. The vast archive of the project is currently on view in its entirety at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

For the multi-media installation Per Sway that she presents at Locust Projects in Miami, Nancy Davidson created inflatable symbols of power and control that mirror the bizarre and horrifying political climate in the world today. Based in New York, Davidson is an interdisciplinary artist known for anthropomorphic weather balloon sculptures that explore the architecture of the body.

Miami Dade College Live Arts program invited artist Tania El Khoury to share a dozen haunting stories from the Middle East. Based in London and Beirut, Tania choreographed two intimate interactive performances for venues on Miami Beach. As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is a one-on-one encounter inside a small room at the New World Center. Gardens Speak is a theatrical experience for groups of ten at the Fillmore Theater.

New York based filmmaker Sara Driver takes us back to a seminal time in New York City history with her new documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sara was part of the independent film scene in lower Manhattan from the late 1970s through the 1990s. Besides making her own feature films, she’s recognized for producing early film projects by her partner Jim Jarmusch. After screenings at the 2017 Toronto and New York festivals, Magnolia Pictures plans the film's release in theaters for 2018.

Joining us Live on UNTITLED Radio, Baltimore based painter Amy Sherald talks about her work and the impact of recent art news. This year, her figurative paintings came to the world’s attention and doubled in value when the National Portrait Gallery commissioned Sherald to paint the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. Our conversation leads to Naima Green's writing on the subject in the New York Times.


Adam Nadel on the Endangered Everglades

December 21st, 2017

Today, we take you to the Everglades, a region of South Florida once entirely covered in a shallow, slow-moving sheet of water. Established as a National park in 1947, the subtropical wilderness of endless marshes, dense mangroves and towering palms is a habitat for rare and endangered species—including manatees, the American crocodile, and the Florida panther. 

Since 2001, the wild world of the Everglades has been a temporary habitat for artists and writers who spend a month here as fellows in the program known as AIRIE, Artists in Residence in Everglades. New York based photographer Adam Nadel was a past resident. In this podcast episode, he introduces Getting the Water Right an expansive exhibition project he produced with Jessica Cattelino, associate professor of anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. Together, they tell the human story of South Florida’s iconic eco-system.


Alba Triana on Experimenting with Sound and Light

November 22nd, 2017

Alba Triana, a Colombian-born composer and sound artist based in Miami, Florida, introduces three of her exquisite sound and light installations: Music on a Bound String questions whether or not the act of listening is indispensable to the musical experience. Microcosmos animates a cymbal to create an immersive vibrational experience. The interactive Electronic Gamelan invites visitors to perform one of the artist's compositions. Listen to discover her trans-disciplinary approach to the ever-evolving field of sound art.


Miami Art Week + Art Basel Preview-Jolt Radio-19Nov2017

November 19th, 2017

How does Miami continue to expand on and elevate the international conversation about contemporary art that the world’s premiere art fair sparked in 2002 by launching Art Basel Miami Beach?

On this live streaming show broadcast from the Jolt Radio studio, Miami, Florida, meet artists and curators who are making this city a year round destination for art. We introduce exhibitions you can visit in renovated and new art spaces, the presentation of work by emerging artists in a historic building downtown and an art fair with no art for sale that will take place inside a luxury shopping center in the heart of the business district.

Field recordings:
A conversation at Perez Art Museum with artist Dara Friedman and curator Rene Morales on Dara’s mid-career survey “Perfect Stranger”
A site visit with curators Alex Gartenfeld and Stephanie Seidel before the opening of the new Institute of Contemporary Art Miami space

Studio guests:
Curator Leilani Lynch talks about Mika Rottenberg‘s interventions at the Bass Museum
Artist Lauren Shapiro introduces the ephemeral project she brings to RAW, a Young Artist Initiative pop-up experience in the Historic Post Office building
Artist Nathalie Alfonso describes the live performance she presents at Fair., a free art fair where nothing’s for sale, featuring work by women artists at Brickell City Center


Culture Making in Downtown Miami - Jolt Radio - 8Nov2017

November 8th, 2017

In this live streaming talk show on Jolt Radio, we explore the ways that Downtown Miami sparks creative interventions—how the city's cultural landscape inspires artists, curators and city developers based here.

In studio: Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Art + Design, Miami Dade College, on Living Together film and performance series and the Museum without Boundaries initiative, with sound tracks introducing upcoming performances by Carrie Mae Weems and Samora Pinderhughes.

Field Recordings:
-Tour of the Cradle of Miami Civilization with artist writers Franky Cruz and Nathaniel Sandler, The Miami Rail Block By Block Initiative 2016 (with audio track excerpt from Dara Friedman's film Ishmael and the Well of Ancient Mysteries, 2014)
-Conversation in Bayfront Park with Fabian De La Espriella, Miami Downtown Development Authority, and the creative team behind the January 2017 Biscayne Green Project


Breakfast and the Beat with FreshArtINTL -Jolt Radio-4Nov2017

November 4th, 2017

Listen in to hear the energy and creativity that our team and guests brought to our live streaming Breakfast and The Beat show on Jolt Radio this week. We thank you, our listeners and invite you to support our efforts to bring the voice of international contemporary art, design and film to our global community.

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Samson Young on Songs for Disaster Relief

November 2nd, 2017

Today, we take you to Venice, Italy, to meet Hong Kong artist and composer Samson Young. He tells the stories behind Songs for Disaster Relief, his creation for the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale. Fake news, meta fiction, politics, pop music and philanthropy are all at play in the multi-part installation that begins in the courtyard. The pavilion’s inter-connected environments mock the music industry’s imperialist history of do-good songs while expressing appreciation for the effort and exposing the artist's drive to find real caring for the Other in today's xenophobic world.


Architecture with a Sense of Place-Jolt Radio-25Oct2017

October 25th, 2017

This radio show about Architecture with a Sense of Place features conversations with artists and architects whose work responds to cultural, historical, sociopolitical and environmental influences on our built environment. Featured: Jack Sanders, Design Build Adventure, Austin; Jaya Kader, KZ Architecture, Miami; David Hartt at Graham Foundation, Chicago; Sarah Dunn, Urban Lab, Chicago; Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, India; Marshall Brown, Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago; Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant, Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles; and Gerard & Kelly at Farnsworth House.