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Entries from June 2018

Where Art Meets Activism

June 25th, 2018 · Comments

Activism has long been a way for artists and curators, writers and filmmakers to engage with global flashpoints, inspiring new perspectives on visible and unseen causes. Over the last century, public interventions, performative protests, and works created for public marches and events have led communities to participate in art experiences and make art themselves.

The Me Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Dreamers and Climate Change Activists expose sexual harassment and assault, race-based violence, immigrant rights violations, and the impact of sea level rise. The issues have energized today’s culture production. Contemporary artists and curators increasingly lead and invite calls to action in response to these vital concerns.

Voices in this conversation: Andrea Bowers, Ralph Rugoff, Catherine Morris, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Manolis D. Lemos, Tania Bruguera, Maria Elena Ortiz, Maria Alyokina

Sound Editor: Julien Borrelli | Special Audio: Andrea Bowers, Manolis D. Lemos, Pussy Riot | Photography: Credits in captions

Related episodes: Andrea Bowers on Environmental ActivismRalph Rugoff on the 13th Lyon BiennialCatherine Morris and A Year Of YesTania Bruguera on Art ActivismMaria Aloykhina on Political Art

Related links: Agora, The Highline, New YorkElizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminism Art, Brooklyn MuseumSongs for Sabotage, New MuseumSala de Arte Público Siquieros

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Jenny Larsson: Searching for Arctic Winter

June 18th, 2018 · Comments

Dancer choreographer Jenny Larsson enlivens our understanding of how the Far North's deep cold is essential to the balance of the Earth's biosphere. With the group known as Wild Beast Collective, she creates the interpretive dance performance Searching for Arctic Winter.

“In the winters up in the arctic when there’s no sunlight and no snow to reflect the moon, all that’s left is darkness. It’s a scary thought, these weather changes…”

Born in Sweden and based in Miami, Larsson is artistic director of the multidisciplinary international collective that hosts an annual residency in Florida. Wild Beast’s mission is to explore, stretch and deepen the experience of contemporary art by presenting site-specific projects and staging free public events to connect with local communities. Environmental issues inform and influence their work.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Wild Beast Collective

Related Episodes: Deborah Mitchell: The Artists as Guide to the EvergladesArt and the Rising SeaAdam Nadel on Getting the Water RightJorge Menna Barreto on Environmental SculptureRauschenberg Residency on Rising WaterArtist Residency in EvergladesAndrea Bowers on Environmental Activism

Related Links: Jenny LarssonWild Beast Collective

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · artist residency · sonic environment · podcast · environment · performance · music · dance · environmental installation · art podcast

LIVE from Dominican Republic with Tilting Axis

June 11th, 2018 · Comments

 

From inside Centro Léon, Santiago, Dominican Republic, we introduce Tilting Axis, a roving arts initiative that aims to bridge the geopolitical gap between Caribbean territories by sparking creative collaborations and cultivating cultural connectivity. Organizers Annalee Davis, Natalie Urquhart, Sara Hermann and Joel Butler talk about the genesis of Tilting Axis, why they're here and what will unfold during the fourth annual gathering.

About Tilting Axis 4: The 2018 convening in the Dominican Republic is a collaboration with the curatorial studies program Curando Caribe and two institutions — Centro León, Santiago, and Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo. Exploring the theme Caribbean Cultural Ecologies: Connecting Pasts, Presents and Futures, artists, curators, stakeholders, instigators and activists debate ideas about the Caribbean’s interdependent future, reimagining their collective potential.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Sandra Vivas, After LaMonte Young

Related Links: 

Tilting Axis

Centro Léon

Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Miami · Artist · invisible communities · curator · podcast · community · political art · art podcast · history

Deborah Mitchell: The Artist as Guide to The Everglades

June 4th, 2018 · Comments

Today, we take you to meet to artist Deborah Mitchell in her studio on Miami Beach, to talk about the ways that Florida’s southwest coast inspires her. The contested landscape, endangered by encroaching urban development and sea level rise, is where she engages as an artist and an advocate for North America’s only subtropical wilderness: The Everglades. Mitchell’s mindful practice expresses her affinity for this fragile ecology, and her desire to learn, share and preserve its science and history.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Deborah Mitchell | Photographs courtesy the artist and Fresh Art International

Related links: The EvergladesBig CypressDeborah MitchellArtists in Residence In Everglades (AIRIE)

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · artist residency · photography · activism · Miami Beach · curator · podcast · installation · writer · environment · community · educator · art podcast