Aired on Resonance FM on Fridays 15:30 and repeated Wednesday 17:00 (UK time)
Lock down is being tentatively eased at different paces around the world. As we begin to dare to think about the future, questions of rebuilding society come up. Art of Change interviews artist Winnie Herbstein and through an exploration of two works, we touch on issues of community activism and how to organise groups. People will need to reclaim agency after this period of heavier state intervention and working in groups is both necessary and can be difficult to manage. Winnie works with archival material and personal experience in these fields to explore how we can build on the lessons of the past, while keeping the discourse and practice of community organisation alive and responding to the unique conditions of the present. In this episode we hear from the artist along with sound from the video works 'Minutes' (2019) and 'Studwork' (2018) - Text in 'Studwork' is voiced by musician Cass Ezeji with a recording of Phoebe Ali.
This week we’re joined by sound artist Alessandra Eramo Her work merges themes of ritual, care, madness, nature, and migration. We delve into her practice with a focus on two of her works ‘Tanz Sediment (Self-Portrait of Madness)’ and ‘Tracing South’. Our exploration takes a new lens to these works, examining how their themes take on a new context in this current moment of change.
This week we explore one part of the art ecosystem: the relationship between artist, artwork, and collector. How can this moment of change help to rethink power structures and our perceptions on the value of art? We’re joined by artist Veneta Androva, whose video works merge elements of truth and fiction to comment on the absurdities of art world structures, as well as, collector duo and founders of Phenomenon Biennale Iordanis Kerenidis and Piergiorgio Pepe who reimagine the role of a collector as a social agent.
We explore the work of artist Sara Rodrigues who uses audiovisual composition, performance and installation to explore the interconnectedness of humans with ecosystems, both micro and macro. In continuation to last episode 5, we take a more philosophical look at how we can think in a more ecological way in response to the climate crisis. Contributors to piece Nonsense Peddler - Tara Mexis, Nicole Trotman, Pascal Colman, Rodrigo B. Camacho, Rebecca Collins, Laura Alabaf, Barnaby Goodman.
We’re joined by curator Jenni Nurmenniemi and Heath Lowndes a gallerist of Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Both their work is centered around art and the environment. During lockdown, the birdsong is louder and the sky has returned to rest. Nature has finally been given a chance to breathe. International cultural exchange is often an integral part of the cultural sphere, but with that often comes a large ecological footprint. What can we learn from and change after this moment of ecological respite?
During the global pandemic, artistic freedom is more important than ever. However, there are many artists whose freedoms were already violated, only made worse by the current crisis. Today, we are joined by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky of Artists at Risk, an institution working at the intersection of human rights and the arts. We hear about their dedicated work in supporting persecuted visual art practitioners and their plans to support them during this moment of additional crisis. We will also hear from one of their residents Grammo Suspect, a poet and LGBT activist from Kenya.
Artists Tais Bean and Camilla Nelson share how their practices have prepared them for processes of decay. As the world changes around us, what can we learn from myths and nature about the process of letting go?
As governments across the globe continue to call for social isolation, themes of loneliness, isolation and critical care come into play. Our guests guide us in exploring what these sensations mean for different communities through their varied artistic gestures.
This week‘s debut episode looks at the immediate response to the pandemic across the international art scene. Artists Luca Pozzi (Milan) and Lili Nacht (Berlin), as well as Morgan Brophy, co-founder of Artist Relief Tree (US) share their thoughts on the precarity of cultural work and inspirations from inside an indefinite quarantine. Radio host Flo reads out an open letter by Paul Maheke.