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Juan Botta Makes One-Minute Movies in Puerto Rico

October 29th, 2019 · Comments

In 2018, Puerto Rico based actor, composer and filmmaker Juan Botta left job security behind to center on his creative life. That’s when he launched Freelance, an inventive Instagram film series that empathizes with the challenges of living and working in Puerto Rico today. Botta’s determination to make films where he lives—despite economic, political and environmental conditions—suggests creativity as a way forward. Freelance expresses a sense of hope, demonstrating that it's possible to find poetry, humor and beauty in the most unlikely situations.

The backstory: In 2019, we head to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to immerse ourselves in the island’s creative life. Now more than ever, residents are faced with a mountain of adversity. Two years after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, this place still awaits reconstruction. Puerto Rico’s 2019 summer uprising protested against politics as usual. Residents gathered en masse, to transform the political landscape. Nonstop street demonstrations led to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. New actors and forces are emerging that resist the island’s colonial subordination.

Despite ongoing unstable conditions, cultural work continues, with renewed energy. One night in San Juan, we meet Argentina born Juan Botta, an award winning actor, composer and filmmaker who grew up in Puerto Rico. He left his job in the tourism industry one year ago, to center on creative pursuits.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Juan Botta

Related Episodes: Mapping Caribbean Cultural Ecologies, Filmmaking in Pahokee Holds Hope for the Future, Akosua Adoma Owusu on Her Film Kwaku Ananse

Related Links: Juan Botta on Instagram, on YouTube

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Franklin Sirmans on the Art of Fútbol

April 16th, 2018 · Comments

Art and Sports? Curator Franklin Sirmans brings them together in The World’s Game exhibition at the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Immersive installations, paintings, sculptural objects, photographs and videos by forty artists reveal how the universal language of this transnational game can define beauty, make social statements, create a sense of community and express a shared passion. Timed to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the exhibition celebrates soccer as the portal to a world of contemporary art.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special audio: Stephen Dean, Volta and Perez Art Museum, Miami 

Tags: Fresh Talk · video · Franklin Sirmans · video art · podcast · installation · art podcast · brazil · exhibition

Lisa Reihana on Reversing the Colonial Gaze

October 18th, 2017 · Comments

Today, we take you to the Arsenale, a historic shipyard and main venue for the 57th Venice Art Biennale. In the New Zealand pavilion, we hear artist Lisa Reihana speak on reversing the colonial gaze in her work Emissaries. http://www.freshartinternational.com

Tags: contemporary art · video · art biennial · identity · international biennial · Artist · invisible communities · video art · art podcast · biennial · venice · venice art biennale · art tech

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: Binelde Hyrcan

July 30th, 2015 · Comments

Artist Binelde Hyrcan is participating in the Venice Art Bienniale for the first time this year. He's showing a poignant short video in the Angola Pavilion's featured group exhibition On Ways of Traveling. In the work titled Cambeck, four boys imagine themselves touring the world in a limousine. They transcend their reality...if only for a moment.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie | Sound Effects, courtesy Binelde Hyrcan

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · video · art biennial · Angola

Fresh Talk: Tameka Norris

March 19th, 2015 · Comments

Tameka Norris just produced her first feature-length film. She plays herself in Meka Jean: How She Got Good. The narrative has a lot in common with The Moviegover, a novel by Walker Percy. Like Walker Percy, Norris grew up in the Deep South, and went away to seek her fortune. Like Binx Bolling, the book’s protagonist, Meka Jean reveals what it means when New Orleans is the city you call home.

We recorded this conversation with Norris when her film debuted during the international exhibition Prospect.3 New Orleans, in 2014. She presented the project as a multi-chambered installation at May Gallery, a nonprofit art space in the district known as the Upper 9th Ward.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie | Soundtrack excerpts courtesy the artist

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · video · art biennial · film · New Orleans

Fresh Talk: Ballroom Marfa

October 8th, 2012 · Comments

On a Spring 2012 road trip in the American Southwest, Cathy Byrd meets members of Ballroom Marfa’s creative team. Director Fairfax Dorn, project manager Melissa McDonnell, and architect Michael Meredith talk about why Ballroom came to West Texas and what they envision for Marfa's near future Drive-In theater.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz

Photography credits as noted

Episode Sound: Brian LeBarton, The Wind, 2010. New Year’s Film/Score Series. January 2, 2010. The Crowley Theater, Marfa.

Tags: Fresh Talk · video · public art · project · video art · Texas

Fresh Talk: Kate Hers

November 7th, 2011 · Comments

In this episode of Art Talk, Kate Hers, a Korean-born video artist based in Berlin, describes the German art scene and explains how she raised funds through Kickstarter for Dr. Rhee's Kimtschi Shop. The artist and her partner, physicist Hanjo Rhee, will trade their special version of Korea’s national treasure for cultural artifacts from the shop's customers from November 19 to 25, 2011, at Das Gift, in Berlin.

Sound Editor: Ira Kip
Photos: Kate Hers

Tags: Fresh Talk · video · film · Artist · video art · installation