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Women Writers on Cuba in Film-Jolt Radio-07Mar2018

March 19th, 2018 · Comments

Today, we invite three women writers to talk about Cuba as a character in newly released films. Our portal to the Cuban psyche is the 35th Miami Film Festival that brings diverse cultural perspectives to the big screen in theaters across Miami, Florida. Sharing their expertise and personal knowledge of Cuba's socio-political landscape are two sisters born in Miami, to Cuban parents: writer and filmmaker Carmen Peláez and food writer Ana Sofia Peláez. New York based journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran joins us to remember her own encounters with the culture while making a documentary film with Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés.

In this conversation, we consider the value of creativity, resilience, family and friendship in Cuba. The country’s historic relationship and chaotic rupture with the Soviet Union is the backdrop for the three stories we introduce. (The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union catapulted Cuba into a life-changing economic crisis from which Cubans around the world are still recovering.) The films: Cuban Food Stories, director Asori SotoThe Rest I Make Up, director Michelle Memran; and Sergio and Sergai, director Ernesto Daranas.


Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Featured Sound Tracks courtesy of Miami Film Festival:  Cuban Food StoriesThe Rest I Make UpSergio and Sergai

Tags: Fresh Talk · Cuba · Miami · film · identity · Havana · Artist · writer · theater · political art · Russia · art podcast · creativity · history · film festival · women · Live Radio

Kurt Andersen on How America Got Trumped

March 15th, 2018 · Comments

On Miami Beach, we meet American writer Kurt Andersen to talk about the role of creativity in the Trumping of America. Besides writing novels, he has opined on America’s political landscape for The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and his own Spy Magazine. Kurt Anderson is host and co-creator of Studio 360, a New-York based culture magazine show. His latest books explore a certain peculiarity in America’s DNA: a deep passion for fiction and fantasy. He delves into the complexities of this unshakeable character trait in Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire and You Can't Spell America Without Me, a book he co-wrote with actor Alec Baldwin, our favorite Trump impersonator. Read these books and you will understand the United States in the age of the country’s 45th president.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Featured audio track, You Can't Spell America Without Me via Penguin Press 

Tags: Fresh Talk · identity · writer · art podcast · creativity · history

Cultural Complexity in Little Haiti-Jolt Radio-21Feb2018

March 2nd, 2018 · Comments

In this conversation, we talk about how the island country of Haiti has long inspired contemporary art, books and films and how the cultural complexity of immigrant communities is a creative force in South Florida. Come with us to the heart of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood for a walk about with Carl Juste, a local cultural activist, photojournalist and artist whose family comes from Haiti and Cuba. Haitian-born writer Edwige Danticat introduces Foreigner's Home, a new film to premiere at the 35th Miami Film Festival. Miami-based curators Marie VicklesEdouard Duval-Carrié and Tosha Grantham (with family ties to Greece and Africa, Haiti, Asia and America, respectively) talk about connecting cultural history to contemporary art in exhibitions at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and share what sparked Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, the traveling exhibition that recently premiered in Miami. Cuban-born Lissette Mendez and Carl Juste share some of the stories behind the collective exhibition and book project Havana, Haiti and the annual Little Haiti Book Festival.

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Cuba · film · identity · Havana · invisible communities · curator · black culture · black art · podcast · museum · community · educator · political art · art podcast · history · exhibition · film festival · Live Radio

Curating Art in a Time of Global Change: IKT Norway

March 1st, 2018 · Comments

What does it mean to be a contemporary art curator in the 21st century? Perhaps subconsciously, it's about living up to the legacy of Harald Szeemann, a legendary art historian—acting on the impulse to experiment and introduce new ways of engaging with art. Follow us to Norway, where you'll meet a few of the curators gathering for the 2017 Congress of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, also known as IKT (Szeemann was a founding member in 1973). In conversations on how the environment, design technology, consumer culture and geopolitical histories inspire art, they reveal a shared interest in exposing artists’ site specific perspectives through collective exhibitions and publications.

Thale Fastvold and Tanja Thorjussen, the two Norwegian artist curators of Locus Publishing in Oslo tell us about a collective artist book project that investigates how we relate to nature. They introduce their newest venture: “Concerning the Spiritual in Art.” Freek Lomme, director of Onomatopee Projects explains why he stages public interventions in the shopping district of Eindhoven, in The Netherlands. The sonic thread that connects these voices is the sound art of Norwegian artist Margrethe Pettersen.

Sound Editing: Anamnesis | Special Audio: Margrethe Pettersen, Living Land—Below as Above 


Tags: Fresh Talk · sound art · Norway · sonic environment · curator · podcast · design · environment · political art · environmental installation · art podcast · creativity · history · exhibition

Prospect.4 New Orleans: The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp-Jolt Radio-24Jan2018

February 9th, 2018 · Comments

Come with us to explore Prospect New Orleans, the Crescent City’s triennial of contemporary art. Titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the fourth iteration evokes the musical character of New Orleans and the surrounding natural environment—the bayous, lakes and wetlands near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Voices in this episode: Prospect.4’s artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker, former executive director Brooke Davis Anderson, artists Quintron and Miss PussycatPaulo NazarethSonia Boyce, Rusty LazerDarryl MontanaDavia Nelson of the Kitchen Sisters, and more!


Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · New Orleans · international biennial · Artist · curator · Prospect New Orleans · black culture · black art · installation · community · international art fair · music · art podcast · biennial · creativity · spoken word · art fair · exhibition · Live Radio

Making a Mountain in Miami: Ugo Rondinone’s Bright Boulders

February 1st, 2018 · Comments

Today, we take you to South Florida, for a conversation about public art with Swiss born artist Ugo RondinoneMiami Mountain is the latest in his iconic Mountain series. The North American Badlands inspire the towering stack of five brightly colored neon stones that he designed to hold sway over the palm trees in Collins Park on Miami Beach. The Bass Museum of Art’s 2016 public art acquisition arrived in pieces. The boulders came from a quarry in Nevada, making their way to the beachfront park on flatbed trucks. A professional installation crew was ready and waiting. With industrial lifts and cranes, they erected the stone monument in a carefully calculated process that took just over 13 hours.


Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · sculpture · public art · podcast · environmental installation · art podcast · creativity

Dara Friedman On The Theater of Your Mind

January 18th, 2018 · Comments

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.


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Studio Drift on Nature and Technology

January 4th, 2018 · Comments

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


Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Art Basel Miami Beach · Miami · Miami Art Week · Miami Beach · performance art · podcast · performance · architecture · architectural intervention · art podcast · art fair · technology · art tech

Report from Miami Art Week-Jolt Radio-13Dec2017

December 21st, 2017 · Comments

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.


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Adam Nadel on the Endangered Everglades

December 21st, 2017 · Comments

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.


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