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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


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


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


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


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


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)


Jochen Volz on Living Uncertainty

December 8th, 2016

Curator Jochen Volz talks about the 32nd São Paulo Biennial exhibition titled "Live Uncertainty." With curators Júlia Rebouças, Gabi Ngcobo, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga, Volz designed the exhibition to resonate with the park’s spatial dynamic; many of the installations in the exhibition are living environments. Allowing political protests within the pavilion, taking performances out into the city, and involving local communities in creating projects, the biennial demonstrates the vital role of creativity in a world where the future of free expression, human rights and the environment seems uncertain.

Sound editor: Guney Ozsan


Alexis Gideon on Myth and Memory

November 24th, 2016

Artist Alexis Gideon talks about myth and memory in his newest animated video opera: The Comet and The Glacier. He brings this musical narrative to life at Locust Projects, Miami, Florida. Gideon's intense multi-media environmental installation takes visitors on a journey into his imagination and serves as the stage for his performances during Miami Art Week 2016.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Sound effects courtesy Alexis Gideon


Pope L on Endurance

November 10th, 2016

American artist William Pope.L talks about endurance in performance art and shares the story of Baile, or Ball, the project he created for the 32nd São Paulo Biennial. Based on Pope.L’s research into recent political frictions and social inequalities in Brazil, the theatrical endurance project involves three pairs of professional dancers taking 8 hour shifts to perform 24 hours a day, for four days. They walk and dance along a mapped-out route at the heart of the city.

Sound editor: Guney Ozsan


Martha Wilson on Political Performance Art

November 2nd, 2016

Artist Martha Wilson talks about her political performance art and why she took on the guise of Republican candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 United States Presidential election season. Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist known for her politically charged photography, video and performance work. She’s also founder of Franklin Furnace, an artist-run performance and exhibition space in New York City. Listen to this episode to learn how America's Culture Wars* have sparked her political satire for decades and hear the artist's impersonations of Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Tipper Gore, and Donald Trump.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan