Creative Disturbance

Jepchumba in conversation with South African filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba on his latest film Future Sounds of Mzansi. He discusses his discovery of storytelling through Film through his projects and studies in China.

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Category:Future Lab Africa -- posted at: 3:46pm CST

A continued conversation between Gryphon Rue on the experience of abstract things and everyday life. Gryphon Rue's installations are focused around sensory perception and sound. They speak briefly about Alexander Calder, an American Sculptor who invented the 'mobile', a type of moving sculpture. Gryphon Rue reinvents these into interactive sound mobiles in his present exhibition which will open to public on March 10th.  Read more about the exhibition below:

https://ballroommarfa.org/archive/event/strange-attractor

 

Direct download: Gryphon_Rue_2_Podcast_roger.mp3
Category:New Leonardos -- posted at: 3:36pm CST

"Slices of Reality: Ion Trap & Quatum Lattice", meeting with Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand [ENG]

Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand talk about their fascination for light that led them into quantum physics to create art installations and performances. They present and discuss their approach to art and to art and science collaborations and detail their specific project in relation to the FEAT residency.

 Recorded by Annick Bureaud on September 10th 2016 in Linz during Ars Electronica, in the framework of the EU H2020 co-funded FEAT / Future Emerging Art and Technology project [http://featart.eu/index.php?id=5].

 Jingles and sound design Jean-Yves Leloup, musics Carl Harms, David James Elliott "The Wire", Sergey Lopoukha "Lull" (Universal Production Music Publishing), Stefanski "Last Light Lament" (Atmos Production Music/UNIPPM) and "Nouvelles Machines" by Pete Namlook & Geir Jenssen.

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Category:Audiolats -- posted at: 12:47am CST

Bacteria as an Art Medium, meeting with Anna Dumitriu [ENG]

Anna Dumitriu talks about her creation with bacteria and contemporary biomedicine and bioresearch, explaining how she combines high end bioresearch with craft techniques in her work. She presents and discusses her approach to art and to art and science collaborations and detail her specific project in relation to the FEAT residency.

Recorded by Annick Bureaud on September 9th 2016 in Linz during Ars Electronica, in the framework of the EU H2020 co-funded FEAT / Future Emerging Art and Technology project [http://featart.eu/index.php?id=5].

Jingles and sound design Jean-Yves Leloup, musics Carl Harms, David James Elliott "The Wire", Sergey Lopoukha "Lull" (Universal Production Music Publishing), Stefanski "Last Light Lament" (Atmos Production Music/UNIPPM) and "Nouvelles Machines" by Pete Namlook & Geir Jenssen.

 

Direct download: Dumitriu.mp3
Category:Audiolats -- posted at: 12:32am CST

Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 2

Andy and Derek discuss six new titles in the second of their two-episode series on recent crime comics. 

Direct download: ComicsAlternative-214.mp3
Category:The Comics Alternative -- posted at: 2:27am CST

Theater as a Mode of Dissent  / [FA]  تئاتر هنر معترض

Theater as a Mode of Dissent

Mohammad Yaghoubi is a multi-award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter, and theater instructor. He is also  the co-founder of Nowadays Theater which is a non-profit theater company in Toronto, Canada. In this podcast, our conversation revolves around the issue of theater and what Yaghoubi believes is the inherent correlation of theater with politics, ethics, truth, and freedom. Inspired by Greek tragedies which were heavily dependent on philosophy and litrature as their indispensable attributes, Yaghoubi contributes to a theater where the human situation is taken seriously, a form of theater that abstains to surrender to pure aesthetic inclinations. Having been disappointed by those thinkers, such as Russian theater practitioner Konstantin Stanislavsky, who consider theater as an autonomous form of art detached from philosophy, politics, and society, Yaghoubi characterizes theater as a mode of dissent. In this sense, Mohammad Yaghoubi recognizes theater as an inherently socio-political phenomenon which casts doubt over apparently unquestionable axiomatic principles which have constructed social norms and shaped our understanding of the truth. Through engaging in theater either as a playwright or director, Yaghoubi attempts to raise questions about claimed eternal truths and so-called realities imposed upon the individual. His primary concern as a playwright is to lighten the shoulders of his audiences of the burden of these forced truths and historically accumulated narrations.

Direct download: 5thfarsi.mp3
Category:Artisthinktive Iran: A Forum for Distinctive Thinking on Iranian Arts -- posted at: 3:06pm CST

Re-Thinking Science Fiction's Past, Present, and Future: The Lisa Yaszek Experience [ENG]

Dr. Lisa Yaszek joins Poe Johnson to discuss the early women of science fiction, her own experiences as a woman scholar of science fiction, Afro-Futurism and its ever-changing resonance for academics and people of color, and the role of feminism within science fiction.

Direct download: Lisa_Yaszek_Podcast.mp3
Category:Narratives in Dark Culture -- posted at: 12:30am CST

Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 1 [ENG]

In the first of a two-episode series, Andy and Derek look at a variety of recent crime comics.

Direct download: ComicsAlternative-213.mp3
Category:The Comics Alternative -- posted at: 7:18pm CST

 Fakugesi Digital Art Residency - Nathan Gates

Nathan Gates is an artist currently based in Johannesburg. He holds a Master’s degree in Digital Arts from The University of The Witwatersrand where he also lectures part-time. His work focuses on the domestication of knowledge brought in part by the growing ubiquity of digital technologies and its accompanying technological modes of thinking.

In his practice he explores the relationship between “Agency” and “Structure” as this tension operates in everyday life, critically examining the nature of one’s capacity to act in a highly organized environments, both politically and socially. Though various modes of physical interrogation he examines to what degree agency (the ability to choose to act and be), is indebted to its fabricated physical and social environment and to what extent it can be considered autonomy vs. adaptation or making the most of circumstance. In a process based practice often incorporating found objects, ideas and gestures all as equal counterparts, he aims at opening up modes of mindful experimentation and knowledgeability that for the most part seek to make productive use of error and failure.
As Fak’ugesi Resident Gates investigated the wireless networks and their presence as public space. Through the residency Gates produced work that interogated the role of network names as a site for public interactivity, giving agency and control to the public through these names and their use. In this podcast she speaks to residency curator Tegan Bristow about his work and experiences on the residency.

Direct download: Fakugesi_Nathan_Gates.mp3
Category:Future Lab Africa -- posted at: 6:45pm CST

The Persian myth of Zarvan / [FA] اسطوره ي زروان

This podcast is a conversation with contemporary Iranian sculptor Aban Salehi regarding her award-winning sculpture “Zarvan” in the Versus Sculpture Festival 2015 in Tehran. By referring to the ancient Persian myth of Zarvan, god of time in ancient Persian deities,  Aban Salehi intends to criticize the long-held foundations of viewing the world through good and evil forces as a dominant narrative of Iranian culture which leaves no room for shades of grey.  In Persian mythological texts,  Zarvan is a divine being who engendered equal-but-opposite twins, Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu which are characterized as the symbols of good and evil in the universe. Based on ancient mythology, these two non-reconciliatory forces of good and evil are the driving forces of the universe eternally engaged in an endless battle. The divinity Zarvan is also recognized  as the god of eternal time and space who is a transcendental being emancipated from temporal passionate desires in Persian Mythic narratives. Aban Salehi’s black and white sculpture “Zarvan,” symbolizes the eternally abysmal fight between the forces of light and darkness, Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu. Through an intertwined assimilation of demoniacal black and white shapes illuminated by an external light in her sculpture, Aban Salehi attempts to challenge what she believes is the Iranian society’s prevalent dichotomous understanding of the world which has become even more bifurcated as a result of the current post-revolutionary politics of the country. Through contemporizing a deep-rooted mythical belief in the form of a sculpture, Aban Salehi aims to to cast doubt over her society’s cemented axiomatic principles grounded in dichotomous mythical and historical accounts of what the nature of truth and reality is. Salehi’s personal experience as a child viewing a public execution in Isfahan, Iran has immensely contributed to the young sculptor’s artistic perspective.

Direct download: ABAN4th.mp3
Category:Artisthinktive Iran: A Forum for Distinctive Thinking on Iranian Arts -- posted at: 2:26pm CST

Unconventional Chemistry [ENG]

Roger Malina interviews future UTD student Padmashree Pandy about her future and discuss various topics in the fields of Art and Chemistry.

Direct download: Student_Podcasts_padmashree.mp3
Category:The Bold Roast: Student Conversations -- posted at: 1:18pm CST

The November Previews Catalog [ENG]

Andy and Derek look through the November Previews catalog, highlighting a variety of new titles and upcoming releases.

Direct download: ComicsAlternative-212.mp3
Category:The Comics Alternative -- posted at: 10:03pm CST

 Fakugesi Digital Art Residency- Ling Tan

In this episode Tegan Bristow interviews Fak’ugesi Resident Ling Tan.

Short Description
A festival residency which hosted three disciplines hardware (maker), software and arts with the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival in Johannesburg South Africa. Residents comprised of two artists from the UK, Ling Tand and Kasia Molga, and two artists from South Africa, Nathan Gates and Jepchumba. Following the Fak’ugesi Festival, residents present outcomes in a residency exchange at Watermans in London in November 2015.

Residency Theme

The residency is developed in extension of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival, and the festival itself is about not only the convergence of technology, art and culture, but also the development of Braamfontien in Johannesburg as a new hub for digital media and technology cultures evolving from a vibrant community of young creatives living and working in the area. The residency is an invitation to respond to the environment by exploring it as it stands and to create speculative and digital public engagement in response to this theme: “Futurist Visions of Johannesburg / City: uncovering place and space, physical and virtual responses to ‘now’ for socio-cultural technologies of the future.”

Working together, sharing insights and knowledge while engaging the city and its technology cultures, we invited the residents to bring into being a speculative technological-engagement that asks questions of a futuristic Johannesburg / City.

Direct download: Fakugesi_LingTan.mp3
Category:Future Lab Africa -- posted at: 12:03pm CST

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