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33rd São Paulo Biennial Pays Attention to Art

November 12th, 2018

For the 33rd São Paulo Biennial, curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro challenges the norm. Rather than explore an overarching theme, he invited seven artists to curate exhibitions featuring their own art. Likewise, the twelve solo projects that he curated suggest we look closely at individual creative practices. Purposefully choosing not to direct our gaze, this biennial allows us to explore freely, to discover for ourselves the power of contemporary art.

Biennial programming builds on this notion in a free audio guide, a digital publication that proposes viewing exercises and an international, public symposium. The three-day event brings together artists, scientists, critics, writers, and scholars for a deep dive into one of the major issues of our time: attention. Who controls it, why and how are just a few of the questions to be considered…

Voices: Claudia Fontes, Sofia Borges, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

Sound Editor: Laura Spencer-Morris | Special Audio: Sebastián Castagna, Ex Situ, Tal Isaac Hadad, Récital pour un masseur, Mame-Diarra Niang, 11:11, Tamar Guimarães, The Rehearsal

Related Episodes: Live from 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Sep 6, Sep 7, Sep 8, Anawana Haloba on Vanishing Cultures, Donna Kukama on Unfinished Stories, William Pope.L on Endurance, Jochen Volz on Living Uncertainty

Related Links: 33rd São Paulo Biennial, Claudia Fontes, Sofia Borges, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Mário Pedrosa, Goethe


Mapping Caribbean Cultural Ecologies

November 5th, 2018

In 2018, Fresh Art International broadens engagement in the Caribbean, traveling to the Dominican Republic for Tilting Axis 4, the fourth annual meeting of the roving arts program that brings together artists, curators, and culture makers from across the region. This year’s theme was Caribbean Cultural Ecologies: Connecting Pasts, Presents and Futures.

The artists, curators, writers and educators we meet reveal what it means to work at the fringe of the global art scene. They describe isolated artistic practices, emerging and recovering culture spaces, experiments in community engagement and visions of possible futures. Advocates and provocateurs working in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Barbados, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico share their perspectives on political realities, postcolonial economies, and environmental vulnerability.

Voices: Fermin Ceballos, Jorge Pineda, Louise Perrichon, Sandra Vivas, Monica Marin, Priscilla and David Knight, Sasha Dees, Suzanne Burke, Amy Hussein and Luis Graham Castillo, Lise Ragbir, Alex Martinez Suarez, Marina Reyes Franco

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Sandra VivasSofia Gallisa MurienteCaroline GilAimbot

Related Episodes: Live from Dominican Republic with Tilting AxisLive from Trinidad: Where Digital Culture ThrivesMiami's Caribbean Arts RemixDiaspora Vibe: Art with Caribbean RootsArt of the EverydayCreative Time Summit to Explore Miami Culture

Related Links: Tilting AxisLe Centre d'Art, HaitiMario BenjaminCentro Léon and Centro Culturel d’EspanaCasa Quien, Carifesta 2019Black Studies at The University of Texas at AustinBeatriz Santiago Muñoz



Where Art Meets Sand and Social Behavior

October 29th, 2018

What does it mean to make art collectively? How does art speak to our shared destiny? Where does sand intersect with art and community?

In the studio at Jolt Radio, with Miami-based curators and artists, we speak of art at the intersection of sand, smells and social behavior. Curator Quinn Harrelson and artist Troy Simmons introduce Collectivity, a site-specific exhibition at the Bakehouse Art Complex that explores the power of the individual and the collective. Curator Marie Vickles and artist Geovanna Gonzalez talk about the role of destiny and poetry in the exhibition Visions of the Future at Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Artist Misael Soto, the first-ever Art in Public Life resident for the City of Miami Beach, explains how he's curating and activating Sand, just steps from the shore in Collins Park.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Sound: Domingo Castillo, Tropical Malaise, Martin Jackson, It's really very easy, Misael Soto, Flood Relief 

Related Episodes: 2018 Creative Time Summit in MiamiArt and the Rising SeaCultural Complexity in Little HaitiWhere Art Meets ActivismWhere Art Meets Cultural History

Related Links: Bakehouse Art ComplexLittle Haiti Cultural ComplexSand, ArtCenter/South FloridaThe Bass Museum of ArtCreative Time


Creative Time Summit 2018 to Explore Miami Culture

October 22nd, 2018

Creative Time, the force behind ambitious public art projects in New York City and beyond, takes its annual summit to Miami in 2018. We invite Creative Time director Justine Ludwig to talk about the focus of this year's convening.

On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World is the poetic title and subject of the 2018 Summit, with the idea of coalition as a central theme. Thinkers, dreamers and doers working at the intersection of art and politics gather to consider issues ranging from immigration and borders to climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification and tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism.

A portal to the Caribbean, Latin America and the entire world, Miami is the perfect context for such conversations. The City's creative community is ready—not only to share local challenges and their own site-sensitive initiatives, but also to welcome fresh perspectives on how art and activism might address these global concerns.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Krudas Cubensi, Mi cuerpo es mio, Haus of Shame via Amal KioskBrigada Puerta de TierraNástio Mosquito, Hilário

Related Episodes: Cultural Complexity in Little HaitiArt and the Rising SeaThe BLCK Family of MiamiModern Portrait of Black FloridaDiaspora Vibe: Art with Caribbean RootsCaribbean Arts Remix MiamiTania Bruguera on Art ActivismCesar Cornejo on Architectural InterventionMary Mattingly on Human RelationshipsGlexis Novoa on Cuba's PastLive from Dominican Republic with Tilting AxisLive from Trinidad: Where Digital Culture ThrivesPublic Art and the UnderlineArtist Residency in the EvergladesArt and the Environment at Deering Estates

Related Links: Creative TimeCreative Time Summit 2018Miami-Dade County Art in Public PlacesJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Creative Time Summit Miami is co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Live from Trinidad: Where Digital Culture Thrives

October 15th, 2018

From Port of Spain, Trinidad, we live stream a special radio program about the significance of digital media as a contemporary cultural space in the Caribbean. Joining us in our pop up studio are artist and writer Christopher Cozier, architect Sean Leonard, writer and media producer Janine Mendes-Franco, journalist and podcaster Franka Philip, and artist designer Kriston Chen—all based in Trinidad.

Listen to find out when the internet begin playing a vital connective role in the region and which social media platforms currently inform and inspire the local creative community. Hear diverse perspectives on how locally produced radio, citizen journalism and podcasting might diversify, amplify and document critical conversations about contemporary art and culture.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Talk 'Bout Us/Trini Good MediaJamie Lee Lloyd, Unease, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, University of West Indies, 20081000 Mokos, Douen Islands: In Forest and Wild Skies, featuring Sharda PatasarMoko Jumbie special on Kelly Village TV, 2017Sugar Cane ArrowsAttorney General TV news bulletin during 1990 attempted coup, via WondershareThe Street, 91.9FMIRadio.TT, Music Matters, The Caribbean Edition1990 Coup Special on Gayelle TVDavid Michael Rudder, Accapella on Instagram, 2018Don't Be Rude, mix created by Ozzy Merriq, 2011 

Related Episodes: LIVE from the Dominican Republic with Tilting Axis, Miami's Caribbean Arts RemixDiaspora Vibe: Art with Caribbean Roots

Related Links: Alice YardBocas Lit FestTrinidad and Tobago Film Festival#1000Mokos


The Art of Breaking the Bank

October 8th, 2018

In the world today, many consider capitalism a fraught economic system. Some believe that capitalism is the cause current international trade wars, accelerating student debt, the bankruptcy of entire countries, the growth of virtual currencies and the reason for coded security systems.

Artist Hilary Powell and filmmaker Dan Edelstyn, an inventive couple based in London, have decided to wreak a bit of havoc with the capitalist system in their home country by opening their own bank. Hoe Street Central Bank, AKA HSCB, is open in the former Co-Op Bank on Hoe Street in the London suburb of Walthamstow.

Powell and Edelstyn have been printing their own bank notes and selling them to buy up debt in their community. This fall, they begin producing and selling bonds—a new initiative in the orchestration of their collectively owned and distributed debt explosion. The Optimistic Foundation demonstrates what Powell refers to as pessimism of the intellect, but optimism of the will. In the collective act of abolishing local debt, they're staging a timely intervention in the name of economic justice.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Sound: Bank Job/Optimistic Foundation

Related Episodes: The Art of CapitalismOccupy Museums on Artists and Debt

Related Links: Bank JobOptimistic Foundation


Staging Complex Art

October 1st, 2018

Today, we invite artists, curators, a media specialist, and an invigilator to talk about complex art that challenges the resources of traditional exhibition spaces. Their backstories reveal how building relationships—through eco-systems, architecture, choreography, media archaeology and virtual community engagement – make exceptional art encounters possible.

Featured voices: Brian Sonia-Wallace, Sarah Oppenheimer, Dara Friedman, Rene Morales, Kevin Arrow/Obsolete Media Miami, María José Arjona, Alexandra Pirici, Rea McNamara

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special sound: María José Arjona, Alexandra Pirici, Rea McNamara, and Tony Halmos | Photography courtesy María José Arjona, The New Museum, New York and Art Basel Cities Week Buenos Aires

Related Episodes: Dara Friedman on the Theater of Your MindSarah Oppenheimer on Space and LightSarah Oppenheimer on Architectural Interventions

Related Links: Pierre Huyghe: UUmwelt, Serpentine GalleriesPierre Huyghe, LACMASarah Oppenheimer, Baltimore Museum of ArtSarah Oppenheimer: S-281913, Perez Art Museum, MiamiDara Friedman: Perfect Stranger, Perez Art Museum, MiamiMarina Abramović: The Artist is Present, Museum of Modern Art, NYMaría José Arjona: To Be Known as InfiniteAlexandra Pirici, Leaking Territories, Skulptur Projekte MünsterAlexandra Pirici: Co-natural, New Museum, NYAlexandra Pirici: Aggregate, Art Basel Cities, Buenos AiresBrian Sonia-Wallace, Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016SheroesObsolete Media Miami


Mark Bradford Connects Art with the Real World

September 24th, 2018

We meet Los Angeles based artist Mark Bradford—known for connecting art with the real world—when he represents the United States in the 57th Venice Art Biennale. While preparing for Tomorrow is Another Day, an exhibition of his signature layered abstractions, he launched a small business venture with members of the island city's hidden prison culture.

His six-year collaboration with Venice social cooperative nonprofit Rio Terà dei Pensieri offers employment opportunities to men and women incarcerated in Venice. Prisoners create artisanal goods and other products to support their re-integration into society. Titled Process Collettivo, Bradford’s relationship with this marginalized community raises awareness of the penal system and introduces a new business model. The project reveals the artist's strength as a culture maker; he acts on his belief that contemporary artists have the power to reinvent our world.

Tomorrow Is Another Day comes to the United States in September 2018, with an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art and a project engaging with the city's Greenmount West Community Center.

Sound Editing: Jonathan Pfeffer | Photos courtesy U.S. Pavilion in Venice 2017

Related Episodes: Monument to Decay: Israeli Pavilion in VeniceLisa Reihana on Reversing the GazeSamson Young on Songs for Disaster ReliefSounds of Venice Art Biennale

Related Links: Mark Bradford: Venice 2017Baltimore Museum of Art


Whithervanes: The Art of Anxiety

September 17th, 2018

In 2018, Locust Projects invited the Detroit-based design duo known as root of two to bring three headless chickens to roost in Miami. For six months, Cezanne Charles and John Marshall embellish the Magic City skyline with their public art and digital engagement project.

Previously presented in France and the United Kingdom, Whithervanes translate the traditional weathervane into a 21st century radio transmitter. Mounted on rooftops in downtown, the Design District and Biscayne Boulevard, the four-foot tall birds change colors and direction in response to the climate of fear propagated by the media. These are tech-savvy chickens. They scan the Internet for alarmist keywords, collecting information on topics from violence to economic crises to natural disasters. You can follow their “neurotic, early worrying system”, or N.E.W.S. on the Whithervanes Twitter account.

Connecting art with streaming social media and news technology, Whithervane designers Cezanne Charles and John Marshall invite us to think about the emotional impact of the digital information that controls our view of the world.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Photographs courtesy root of two and Locust Projects

Related episodes: Art of the EverydayArt and the Rising SeaReport from Miami Art Week 2017


Process, Experimentation and Action in Dak’Art 2018

September 10th, 2018

In 2018, seventy-five artists from thirty-three countries came together for the contemporary African art biennial known as Dak’Art. The offsite program featured more than 200 autonomous artist-organized exhibitions and events across Dakar and on the island of Gorée.

The projects we share in this episode explore ideas of freedom and responsibility as they investigate colonial histories, politics, and the economy, migration and the environment. Often achieved collectively and always emphasizing process, experimentation and action, they animate the legacy of legendary Senegalese artist Joe Ouakam and Agit'Art, the revolutionary creative movement he co-founded in 1974.

Voices: Simon Njami, Glenda León, Guy Woueté, Marcos Lora Read, Magdi Mostafa, Tori Wraånes, Marisol Rodriguez, Moataz Nasreldin, Pascal Traoré, Michel Amadou Gué

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio

Related Episodes: Magdi Mostafa Turns Analog Tech into Sound SculptureLIVE from Dak'Art 2018SITElines, Unsettled Landscapes 2014

Related Links: Dak'Art 2018Simon NjamiGlenda LeónGuy WouetéMarcos Lora ReadMagdi MostafaTori WrånesMarisol RodriguezZAM ZAMMoataz NasreldinDARB1718Issa SambAgit'ArtPascal TraoréIsland of Gorée