Episode 56: Swamp Thing

Episode 56: Swamp Thing

In Anrea Bowers’s “Open Secret,” Bowers takes over the entire gallery with multi-media work, but the main attraction is the 19 by 4 meter wall standing in the middle of the gallery, like an office bulletin board, covered in long red scrolls of paper printed with the allegations and, when available, public replies of 100 men who have been accused of sexual aggression and violence in the #metoo and #timesup movements. When I read a brief description of this exhibit online, I was pretty excited about it.  Of course I was interested in seeing an artist’s interpretation of #metoo. But when I read a longer description, I admit I was actually put off: I hate text-based art in general, with very few exceptions. Especially long texts because: why not just write a book?

Tracks used in this episode are Eunice Two-Step, by Zydeco musician Amédé Ardoin, and Early Stomp, by Catahoula Curse.  Tracks used under the Fair Use Act.

Episode 55: The Ball is Round

Episode 55: The Ball is Round

In Antje Vowinckel’s “The Goal,” the artist blends the voices of the announcers across multiple sports channels, languages and countries. This mix makes them sound like a pantheon of gods, setting us poor humans on the giant pitch of the Earth, introducing something everyone wants — a round ball — and then sitting back and watching us fight for it, sprinting, pulling, jabbing, kicking, diving to try and change the course of events, pushing people down to make sure they don’t get there first, arguing or acting and trying to make it look like none of it’s our fault so we can avoid penalties… and occasionally seeing an opportunity that can only work as a team to save the game.

Featuring “The Way to Go” by Liliya Danieva.  Music used with permission of the artist.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 20 February 2018

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Episode 54: Manon de Printemps

Episode 54: Manon de Printemps

Ever wondered what it’s like to have an art exhibit? To have someone see the beauty in your creative soul and want to share it with the world, hang it in a gallery and talk about it to complete strangers? The French call it exposer –which isn’t at all terrifying– and the young artist Manon Gineste experienced just that at her very first art exhibit earlier this year in Paris, no less.  A truly enriching experience. Recorded in Paris at World Radio Paris studios. Audio engineering by Thomas Shamuyarira.

 Music used in this episode is Jazzy Frenchy by Ben Sounds, used under Creative Commons and available for download as royalty free music at bensounds.com.

Art 53 – Gilded Feelings (Got No Rhythm)

Art 53: Gilded Feelings (Got No Rhythm)

Artipoeus visits Monica Bonvicini’s Guilt at Joseph Koenig Galerie in Berlin.  I can’t get past the chains of this piece. Chains evoke industry, and slavery. Imprisonment.  Being tied down – the old ball and chain. To be more precise, I can’t get past the language of the piece.  German, French, Italian and Spanish gender their nouns, and in all of those languages guilt, as a noun, is masculine. But “chain” is feminine.

 

Featuring “The Fall” by Rosie Bans, from her EP “Opia”. You can get it as a free download, as well as check out her debut album and her touring dates at rosiebans.com.

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And Battle with Bass Original Mix, mixed by DJ BPM, and Battle with Bass RMX2, mixed by producer and Grime pioneer JT The Goon. Both tracks are from the Grime EP Battle with Bass Remixes, instigated by Irish DJ, DJ BPM.

The original track Battle With Bass was inspired by Claudia Wenger’s project “The Women Sing at Both Sides of the Zambezi” with vocal samples by Zimbabwean journalist and activist, Soneni Gwizi.  You can purchase the EP from bandcamp at djbpm-resonancefm.bandcamp.com and hear more of DJ BPM’s mixes and find her touring schedule at her website https://www.dj-bpm.co.uk/ or follow her on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and QBase FM

And you can find more tracks and mixes from JT The Goon (Joe Taylor) on Youtube, Spotify and at record label Oil Gang Records, or follow him on Soundcloud.  

Music used with permission of the artists.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 08 April 2018

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Art 53: Gilded Feelings (Got No Rhythm)

Artipoeus visits Monica Bonvicini’s Guilt at Joseph Koenig Galerie in Berlin.  I can’t get past the chains of this piece. Chains evoke industry, and slavery. Imprisonment.  Being tied down – the old ball and chain. To be more precise, I can’t get past the language of the piece.  German, French, Italian and Spanish gender their nouns, and in all of those languages guilt, as a noun, is masculine. But “chain” is feminine.

 

Featuring “The Fall” by Rosie Bans, from her EP “Opia”. You can get it as a free download, as well as check out her debut album and her touring dates at rosiebans.com.

and

And Battle with Bass Original Mix, mixed by DJ BPM, and Battle with Bass RMX2, mixed by producer and Grime pioneer JT The Goon. Both tracks are from the Grime EP Battle with Bass Remixes, instigated by Irish DJ, DJ BPM.

The original track Battle With Bass was inspired by Claudia Wenger’s project “The Women Sing at Both Sides of the Zambezi” with vocal samples by Zimbabwean journalist and activist, Soneni Gwizi.  You can purchase the EP from bandcamp at djbpm-resonancefm.bandcamp.com and hear more of DJ BPM’s mixes and find her touring schedule at her website https://www.dj-bpm.co.uk/ or follow her on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and QBase FM

And you can find more tracks and mixes from JT The Goon (Joe Taylor) on Youtube, Spotify and at record label Oil Gang Records, or follow him on Soundcloud.  

Music used with permission of the artists.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 08 April 2018

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Art 51 – We Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

Episode 51:  We Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

Artipoeus explores technology, punk rock and Impressionism at American artist Austin Lee’s Tomato Can at Peres Projects in Berlin.  Punks were left with the aftermath of the Baby Boomers, who sold out to make affordable blue jeans or unaffordable ice cream and were now at home popping out Generation X babies. Punks were the generation squeezed in between, kicking at the walls and screaming.  Now that I put it that way, I’m not so sure the Impressionists were that punk after all. They weren’t protesting the injustice of an unfair system. They were just loud and colorful, trying to stay relevant.

I think… I think that makes them Glam.

Featuring “What You Need” and “Drowning” by Dead Sentries.
Music used with permission of the artists.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 20 February 2018

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From the Archives: Interview with Cleon Peterson

American artist Cleon Peterson opens a monumental solo show at MCA Denver this month, and we were reminded of our very pleasant chat with the artist at the Galerie du Jour / Agnes b. in Beaubourg in 2015… back when Artipoeus was called Expo Paris.  Enjoy this little nugget from the Artipoeus archives!

From the Archives: Interview with Cleon Peterson

Art 50 – The Big One

ARTIPOEUS TURNS 50!  And navigates the big 5-0 through Avigdor Arikha‘s Landscapes at Blain Southern in Berlin.  I went to the Blain Southern gallery actually for the free booze.  When you’re older, no one buys you drinks anymore.  That sounds so depressing and it’s not actually true.. But it’s a little true.  An artist I know said they were interested in seeing the work of Avrigdor Arikha, landscapes done in an Impressionist style. 

Now, I hate Impressionism…

Featuring music from BenSounds.com.
Music used under Creative Commons license.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 28 January 2018

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Art 49 – There and Back Again: An Art Odyssey

Artipoeus visits German artist Malte Kebbel‘s Monoliths on the Glienicker Bridge in Potsdam.  We were headed to Potsdam to see some Monoliths on the Bridge of Spies.  I didn’t tell Sam and Julius much about our quest, but I figured: who doesn’t want to go on an adventure that involves traveling through a forest of ancient trees, exploring a beautiful palace, crossing a treacherous bridge and confronting a monumental symbol of power?  I mean…  what else are you gonna do on a Sunday?

Featuring: “The Blue Danube” by Johann Sebastian Strauss II.
Music used under Creative Commons license.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 14 January 2018

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Art 48 – Lost & Found

Artipoeus gets lost at LOST: 48 Hour Art Festival, and interviews featured artist Christopher Bauder live on stage at the Willner Brauerei in Berlin.  “How do you perfect perfection? Should I ask you an easier question? What’s your middle name?”

https://soundcloud.com/artipoeus/art-48-lost

Featuring: “Wisdom” by Amadeus Joseph from the opera electronica The Beautiful Now.
Music used with permission of the artist.

Podcast: Download file | Read transcript | Leave a review | Recorded on 17 December 2017

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