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Marcus Gammel on Every Time A Ear Di Soun

April 27th, 2017

Marcus Gammel, with Deutschlandradio Kultur, talks about Every Time A Ear Di Soun, an exciting radio program he co-curated with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung for the documenta 14 art exhibition in Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany, from April to September 2017.

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Patricia Cronin on Making Art History

April 13th, 2017

New York-based artist Patricia Cronin talks about women, power and sexuality inside her Tack Room installation at the 2017 Armory Show. Her reprise of the immersive environment she exhibited 20 years ago sparks this conversation about feminist issues, politics, and the artist's resolve to represent untold stories about women.

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Nato Thompson on Culture as Weapon

March 30th, 2017

Nato Thompson, curator and critical writer, talks about his new book Culture as Weapon, and how politicians, corporations and artists use cultural aesthetics to channel their agendas and motivate collective actions.

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Occupy Museums on Artists and Debt

March 16th, 2017

Occupy Museums is the artist collective behind Debtfair, a project in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. In a national call, they invited artists to answer the question: "How does your economic reality affect your art?" Their 30-foot wall installation exposes the complex and obscure financial systems that lie just beneath the surface of the art scene in the United States. 

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Sharon Louden on The Artist as Culture Producer

February 28th, 2017

Sharon Louden artist and educator and Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online art publication Hyperallergic, talk about Louden's newest book project: The Artist as Culture Producer. Forty visual artists contributed essays to the four hundred page publication. These individuals model some of the ways that culture makers of the 21st century are enriching creative economies around the world. Their first-hand stories may inspire more of us to take on new roles in the public realm, to engage more deeply in our communities.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan

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Jorge Menna Barreto on Environmental Sculpture

February 16th, 2017

Brazilian artist Jorge Menna Barreto created Restauro, or Restoration, an eco-sensitive café within the pavilion that houses the 32nd São Paulo Biennial in Brazil. In partnership with local chefs and farmers, he encourages awareness about the way we use our land and the global consequences of how we eat. The entire project is an environmental sculpture.

Sound editor: Guney Ozsan

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Bahar Behbahani on Politics and Persian Gardens

February 2nd, 2017

Iranian born, New York based artist Bahar Behbahani talks about the layers of poetry and politics she discovered while researching the legendary Persian garden. Her solo exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College reveals how the idyllic refuge became entangled with American espionage and a 1953 political coup in Iran. Highly relevant considering the mounting intensity of today's global tensions, the hidden agendas and coded behaviors exposed in Bahar Behbahani's work might well be the blueprint for a new political barrier erected this week: the executive order of a restrictive, anti-Muslim United States immigration policy.

 

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Sound Effects: Bahar Behbahani, Visiting you in summer, 2015

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Catherine Morris and A Year of Yes

January 19th, 2017

With curator Catherine Morris, we talk about A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. The brilliant series of thematic exhibitions and programs on feminism and feminist art celebrates the 10th anniversary of Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Judy Chicago's Dinner Party inspires this complex project. Featured in our conversation: Beverly Buchanan: Rituals and Ruins, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, and the 2017 version of Utopia Station.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Recorded on Skype 14 Jan2017

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Zoë Buckman on Fight Mode

January 5th, 2017

Artist Zoë Buckman is in fight mode. Her own boxing gloves figure in recent mixed media installations, spoken word, and sound art projects that defend women's reproductive rights. This episode is an excerpt from the 3 Dec 2016 Fresh Art International show on Untitled, Radio, Miami Beach.

 

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Swami Ji spoken word performance audio courtesy Zoë Buckman

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Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya

December 21st, 2016

Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya—Curator Gina Wouters, and artists Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso talk about What This Place Does Not Remember, one of eleven projects in the contemporary art exhibition Lost Spaces and Stories at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida.

The inspiration for Mira Lehr's and Yara Travieso's dramatic Baroque performance installation? The wild garden at the edge of the museum's south property and Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, an English opera he composed more than 300 years ago. The opera tells the mythological story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her love for the Trojan hero Aeneas. In What This Place Does Not Remember, the two contemporary artists personify Vizcaya as the legendary Queen Dido. Lehr's environmental installation sets the stage for Dido's Lament, the performance that Travieso directs. An opera singer, a dancer, and a cellist enact the queen’s tragic love story within a lyric web of black rope that evokes the surrounding mangroves.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozscan | Dido's Lament performance: Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano), Stephanie Jaimes (Cellist)

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