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Art Historian Playlist: Deborah Barkun Listens to Joana Choumali

May 13th, 2019 · Comments

Today’s conversation continues our Playlist series. We’re inviting artists, curators, architects, writers, filmmakers, cultural producers and other listeners to introduce episodes from our archive.

Based in the United States, art historian and curator Deborah Barkun is Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Ursinus College, outside Philadelphia. Her research centers on the social dynamics of artistic collaboration. Barkun is contributing to our stories from the 58th Venice Art Biennale. Here, she introduces our conversation with Ivorian artist Joana Choumali, first released on April 30, 2018.

Deborah Barkun writes: I am excited to introduce this reprise of “Joana Choumali Embroiders Empathy.” I feel especially connected to this episode, as I was present for Cathy’s first interview with Choumali in the Ivory Coast Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Choumali spoke poignantly about African emigration and the emptiness it leaves in the hearts of loved ones left behind. Her hand-embroidered and collaged photographic diptychs depict this global migration. Loose threads left dangling from the works speak to a sense of ongoing longing.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Photography: Deborah Barkun

Related Episodes: Joana Choumali Embroiders EmpathySounds of the 57th Venice Art BiennaleSamson Young: Songs for Disaster ReliefLisa Reihana on Reversing the Colonial GazeMonument to Decay: Israeli Pavilion in VeniceMark Bradford Connects Art with the Real World

Related Links: Joana ChoumaliIvory Coast PavilionVenice Art BiennaleDak’Art 2018

Tags: contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · identity · international biennial · Artist · black culture · black art · podcast · installation · political art · art podcast · biennial · history · art fair · venice · venice art biennale · exhibition

Process, Experimentation and Action in Dak’Art 2018

September 10th, 2018 · Comments

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

Tags: · contemporary art · art biennial · sound art · Africa · bilingual · sonic environment · international biennial · Artist · curator · podcast · community · international art fair · dance · political art · political performance art · art podcast · biennial · history · exhibition · art tech

Turning Analog Technology into Sound Sculpture

July 30th, 2018 · Comments

 

Egyptian artist Magdi Mostafa's interactive environment for the 2018 Dakar Biennial of Contemporary African Art turns the sounds of analog technology into a vibrating aesthetic force. Acting like tiny radio receivers, his handmade electronics make audible the otherwise silent electro-magnetic fields emanating from today’s myriad digital devices. He exposes the reverberations of energy emission and loss in our battery powered, wi-fi connected contemporary communications. 

In “Transmission Loss,” electronic residue becomes the main signal—the core source of energy for an audio playscape. Mostafa invites us to turn a field of full frequency noise into a sonic composition. By tweaking the dials of tone generators and manipulating vibrating devices, we can alter sounds, discover patterns and explore the mysterious interactions of feedback and inter-device communication. 

Sound Editor: Jonathan Pfeffer | Special Audio and Photos courtesy Magdi Mostafa

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Samson Young Presents Hong Kong Mixtape

Stephen Vitiello

Live from Dak'Art 2018

Related Links:

Magdi Mostafa

Dak'Art 2018

Tags: · sound art · Africa · sonic environment · installation · international art fair · architectural intervention · art podcast · biennial · technology · art tech

Live from Dakar 2018-Jolt Radio-16May2018

May 21st, 2018 · Comments

Today, we bring you Fresh Art International LIVE from Dakar, Senegal. We made the journey to West Africa in May 2018, to capture sounds of local art and culture and to document our first encounter with the biennial of contemporary African art known as Dak'Art.

In the first of our two live streaming broadcasts, you'll hear Marisol Rodríguez (Mexico City/Paris), one of the biennial's guest curators, talk about her work with a team of creatives based in the Hurricane Zone (Mexico's Yucatàn Peninsula, Central America and the Caribbean).

Also LIVE: our show from la Boite à Idée, or Idea Box, a cultural hub in Dakar's Mermoz district. In the garden of this space is where cultural activist Ken Aicha Sy, founder of Wakh'Art Music introduces us to a few of the creatives engaging in the local art and music scene. You'll hear from Ms. Sy, along with Franco-Senegalese artist Gabriel Dia, jazz guitarist Paride Pagnotti, I Science vocalist Corinna Fiore, and composer Nathan Fallou Fuhr. A modest local songwriter introducing himself simply as "Jean-Pierre," steps up to the microphone with his guitar to voice our melodic good-bye-for-now.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special audio courtesy ZAM ZAM, Paride PagnottiI ScienceNathan Fallou Fuhr and Jean-Pierre 

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · artist residency · international biennial · Artist · curator · Mexico · black culture · black art · podcast · community · international art fair · music · political art · art podcast · biennial · history · exhibition · Live Radio

Miami’s Caribbean Arts Remix-Jolt Radio-2May2018

May 7th, 2018 · Comments

Today’s conversations on Miami’s Caribbean Arts Remix reveal the genesis and goals of the three-year old Third Horizon Film Festival and the first-ever Tout-Monde (all the world) Festival. Both initiatives aim to introduce some of the boldest of today’s emerging Caribbean-born artists, filmmakers and musicians in Miami, a portal to the international contemporary art and culture scene.
 
Sound editing: Anamnesis Audio

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Africa · Miami · film · photography · identity · activism · performance art · Artist · invisible communities · curator · black culture · black art · podcast · installation · performance · France · community · music · dance · political art · art podcast · history · art fair · exhibition · film festival · Live Radio

Joana Choumali Embroiders Empathy

April 30th, 2018 · Comments

We follow artist Joana Choumali from the Ivory Coast Pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Bienniale to Dak'Art 2018, as she explores the shared experience of migration and violence in her birth country. Her embroidered photographs trace stories of loss and longing—depicting lone figures disappearing from home and reappearing in foreign environments, and giving shape to the emptiness left by the casualties of terrorism. Needle and thread express Choumali's empathy with the fraught human condition.

Sound Editing: Anamnesis Audio | Photography: Joanna Choumali and Fresh Art International

Tags: · contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · Miami · photography · identity · international biennial · Artist · invisible communities · black art · podcast · feminism · political art · art podcast · biennial · women's rights · feminist art · venice · venice art biennale · women

Fresh Talk: Sanford Biggers

May 5th, 2016 · Comments

American artist Sanford Biggers has a lot to say about time and the human condition. We meet in New York where Chicago gallerist Monique Meloche is presenting an exhibition of his current projects during the Armory Show. I’m here to find out more about the ideas behind the work. What's motivating him to radically alter old quilts and African sculptures?

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · video · Africa · sculpture · New York · Artist · black culture · black art · podcast · Asia

Fresh Talk: Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse

April 22nd, 2016 · Comments

Yvette Mutumba, a curator based in Frankfurt, and Julia Grosse, an art critic and journalist based in Berlin, talk about how Contemporary And, the international online art platform they launched three years ago, led to the invitation to curate the African Perspectives section at the 2016 Armory Show in New York.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan

Tags: Fresh Talk · Africa · New York · curator · writer · international art fair

Fresh Talk: New POV at the Venice Art Bienniale

May 21st, 2015 · Comments

Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor, director of the 56th Venice Art Biennale, sparked this conversation about the expanded black presence in the global contemporary art scene. Recording in Venice, during preview days the international exhibition, Cathy Byrd connects with Canadian curators Camille TurnerAndrea FatonaSally Frater, and Pamela Edmonds to speak about this new development


Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · Okwui Enwezor

Andrea Bowers on Art and Activism

October 2nd, 2014 · Comments

We meet Andrea Bowers, an artist from Ohio who's based in Los Angeles, to talk about her passion for addressing social and political issues. Curators of two international biennials in North America selected her work for their 2014 exhibitions. Her Courtroom Drawings appear in l'Avenir, the inaugural Montreal Biennial. Two of Bowers's projects concerning environmental activism are on view in Unsettled Landscapes at SITE Santa Fe.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie | Episode Sound courtesy Andrea Bowers: I Plan to Stay a Believer#sweetjane, & The Weapon of a Princess

Special feature performance by Malian singer and women's rights activist, Fantani Touré: L'arme d'une princesse / The Weapon of a Princess, 2014 Video, 24min53, With the support of the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · Montreal · activism · SITE Santa Fe