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Public Art Hopscotches Across Buenos Aires

January 14th, 2019

In 2018, a city-wide public art experience lures us to the capital of Argentina. Organizers of Art Basel Cities Week Buenos Aires, invited Cecilia Alemani, director of the public art program for New York City’s High Line park, to curate Rayuela (Spanish for Hopscotch). Crisscrossing Buenos Aires, we discover historic plazas, parks and museums, abandoned buildings, architecture and industrial sites. We meet artists whose projects connect contemporary art with urban space, civic history and community.

Featured projects: Maurizio Cattelan, Eduardo Navarro, Eduardo Basualdo, Alexandra Pirici, Gabriel Chaille, David Horvitz, Naama Tsabar

Sound Editor: Joseph DeMarco | 

Related episodes: Sounds of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, The Private Life of Public Art, Fringe Projects MiamiPublic Art and the Underline

Related links: Art Basel Cities Week Buenos Aires, Faena Art Center Buenos AiresThe High Line


Rodrigue Mouchez on Choreographing Art Encounters

January 7th, 2019

Rodrigue Mouchez, founder of the artist-run curatorial platform known as AGUAS, talks about choreographing encounters with art. Mouchez introduces People Moving Through Space, an array of installations he created and staged with AGUAS collaborator Julie Escoffier and other artists for the seventh edition of Untitled, Miami Beach art fair. 

Based in Mexico City and Brussels, AGUAS seeks to establish dialogues and collaborations between artists from Europe and Latin America through exhibitions, talks, and publications. AGUAS operates on the idea of interdisciplinarity. Each project invites the collective engagement of artists, designers, writers and friends.

Related episodes: Miami Art Week 2018 PreviewReport from Miami Art Week 2017

Related links: AGUASRodrigue Mouchez, Julie Escoffier, Untitled Art


Poetry, Art and Community Justice

December 24th, 2018

In Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, we meet poet Aja Monet, legal justice advocates Meena Jagannath and Alayah Glenn, and artist Eddie Arroyo to talk about how art and poetry are giving voice to urban communities fractured by gentrification.

Arroyo's paintings reference photographs he takes to capture the character of vanishing cultural landmarks. Monet is founder of Smoke Signals Studio, a music space that's become a transformative gathering place in Little Haiti. Jagannath and Glenn are two of the activists that run the local Community Justice Project, a young grassroots initiative focused on addressing issues ranging from women’s and immigrant rights, to race and economic justice.

These individuals represent the growing momentum of civic engagement across the United States. In the ways they animate their vision for Miami's possible future, we see infinite potential for creative interventionists to empower disenfranchised communities around the world.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Arsimmer McCoy Early

Related episodes: Cultural Complexity in Little HaitiWhere Art Meets ActivismThe Art of CapitalismAndrea Bowers on Environmental ActivismMarinella Senatore on Modern LifeTania Bruguera on Art ActivismMaria Alyokhina on Political Art

Related Links: Smoke Signals StudioCommunity Justice ProjectDream DefendersMaroon Poetry FestivalEddie Arroyo


Joyce J. Scott on Craft in Contemporary Art

December 17th, 2018

Artist Joyce J. Scott is a legend—among the first to reposition craft as social commentary. In 2016, a MacArthur Genius award recognized her vital creative force. For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Peter Blum Gallery presented rarely seen early works that reveal how the artist has always delved into the extremes of human nature—from humor to horror, and beauty to brutality. In her fusion of craft aesthetics and contemporary sculpture, performance art and cultural critique, Scott weaves a deep sense of humanity into complex conversations of our time.

The first conversation we recorded with Joyce J. Scott in Baltimore, Maryland, became Fresh Art International's premiere episode, released on October 12, 2011. Re-releasing the segment is an opportunity to reflect—on the lasting value of Scott’s work and continued relevance of this podcast.

Original Sound Editor: Ira Kip, 2011 | Post Production Editor: Matt Hodapp, 2018 | Music: Joyce Scott

Related Episodes: Radio Show Miami Premiere 2016, Franklin Sirmans on Prospect New OrleansProspect.4 New Orleans

Related Links: Goya ContemporaryMacArthur Genius AwardPeter Blum Gallery


Miami Art Week 2018 Preview

November 30th, 2018

This year, tons of inventive projects unfold during Miami Art Week 2018 outside the established and emerging art fairs. Individuals and collectives passionate about public art and performance, film, video, music and social engagement will animate an upscale development on the beach, a luxury mall in Miami’s business district, the former Gold Dust Motel on Biscayne Boulevard, and an Asian bodega, an abandoned mall and a by-gone department store Downtown.

Art Week has come to this city every December since 2002, when the premiere art fair from Basel, Switzerland launched Art Basel Miami Beach. Since then, the year-round art scene has grown tremendously. Creatives from around the world are calling Miami home. When they come together at the intersection of art and life, it gets very exciting!

Voices in our conversation: Zoe Lukov/Faena Festival, Isabel Lewis/Classic Occasions, Tschabalala Self/Lee's Oriental Market and Free Range Miami, Tanya Bravo/Juggerknot Theater and Miami Motel Stories, and Octavia Yearwood/Spinello Projects and FREE! Art Fair

Related Episodes: Paola Pivi on Art with a ViewMiami Art Week 2018 PreviewReport from Miami Art Week 2017Lynda Benglis on Creating Fountains

Related Links: Faena FestivalIsabel LewisFringe Projects MiamiTschabalala SelfFree Range MiamiRAW Pop UpJuggerknot Theater's Miami Motel StoriesFREE!Octavia Yearwood


Paola Pivi on Art with a View

November 26th, 2018

Italian artist Paola Pivi takes us on a tour of Art with a View, her latest solo exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. Pivi is a nomad. Cultural references in her projects are so diverse that they might seem to come from more than one creative mind. Our first stop is a massive, minimalist installation that dominates a large gallery on the museum’s second floor. The work titled World Record invites us to enter a surprising interstitial space, or space between. We take off our shoes, don booties and climb into the opening between two horizontal planes, each made of 40 white mattresses.

Sound Editor: Matt Hodapp | Photographs courtesy Bass Museum of Art and Fresh Art International

Related Episodes: Miami Art Week Preview 2017, Athi Patra RugaUgo Rondinone

Related Links: Paola PiviThe Bass Museum of Art


Inside Miami’s Sound Chamber

November 19th, 2018

Inside Miami's sound chamber, sound artist, designer and composer Gustavo Matamoros introduces to his latest creation: four audible experiences of sound moving through space. Legendary artists inspired Small Sounds Up the Wall (for Alison Knowles), Everglades (for Charles Recher), String Solo (for Vito Acconci) and Eighty-Five Audible Moments (for Pauline Oliveros). Venezuela born Matamoros made this sonic dive possible when he transformed Studio 201 at ArtCenter/South Florida into a 30-channel sound environment.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: John Cage interview; Alison Knowles, Paper Weather; Vito Acconci, American Gift, via UbuWeb; Pauline Oliveros, via UbuWeb; Russell Frehling, Mapping; Gustavo Matamoros, Small Sounds Up a Wall, Everglades, String Solo, Eighty-Five Audible Moments; Julio Roloff, Naturaleza Viva; Wolfgang Gil, Aural Fields Test; Rene Barge, Prism Break | Photographs courtesy Gustavo Matamoros, Subtropics

Related Episodes: Stephen VitielloAlba TrianaMagdi MostafaDak'Art 2018Staging Complex ArtSounds of Summer in Miami

Related Links: SubtropicsFrozen Music, Canal, 2009


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