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Monday, December 31, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: William Pope.L

Cathy Byrd Talks Art with William Pope.L
Published 25 October 2011

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William Pope.L, a critically important interventionist, is one of the artists featured in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston. In 2011, Pope.L presented a magic lantern show titled Blink for Prospect.2 New Orleans. For this project, the artist made a film from more than a thousand images donated by the people of the city. Pope.L projected the film through the back of an old ice cream truck as it was pulled through the streets of the city by volunteers.  

This Fresh Talk episode features the sounds of Blink in motion and a hint of Don Quixote. Sound Editor: Jeff T. Byrd recorded the Pope.L performance on location in New Orleans.

Friday, December 28, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Jason Forrest

Cathy Byrd Talks Music with Jason Forrest
Published 1 October 2012

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Cathy Byrd connects by Skype with Jason Forrest, aka DJ DonnaSummer, a laptop musician. Based in Berlin for the past eight of years with his wife, artist Jennifer Ray, Jason talks about how he became internationally known and introduces his new platform, Network Awesome. Jason's latest news? His Network Awesome show goes live in January 2013!    

Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz     
Photos courtesy Jason Forrest   
Episode Sound in order of appearance: "New Religion" from The Everything, Jason Forrest; "Close to the Edge" from Close to the Edge, Yes;"The Exquisite Organs" from The Everything, Jason Forrest; "Bring that Beat Back" from Bring that Beat Back, Public Enemy; "Keys to the Door" from The Everything, Jason Forrest; "Utopia" from Utopia, Jason Forrest

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Luci Westphal

Cathy Byrd Talks Film with Luci Westphal
Published 26 November 2012

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In Berlin, Cathy Byrd meets Twitter friend Luci Westphal in a cafe near a recently condemned artists' squat just off Oranienstrasse. A German filmmaker based in New York and Berlin, Luci loves street art, music, film and the D.I.Y. style. Thousands follow Luci's moving postcard series In A Berlin Minute. Luci released her latest documentary All's Well and Fair in episodes online.     

Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz     
Photographs courtesy Luci Westphal
Music: "Frogfly Buzzing," by Dioxin Dolly (Rachel Iannelli, Margaret Briggs, Tina Bushnell), 1996, from Luci Westphal, All's Well and Fair, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Land Arts of the American West

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Land Arts of the American West
Published 12 July 2012

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Professor Chris Taylor has made Land Arts of the American West an unforgettable learning experience. Through the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, the program involves a 6,000 mile road trip, camping, a series of remote site visits and an exhibition back in Lubbock. This Fresh Talk episode is a conversation with Chris and students who participated in the 2011 Land Arts adventure.  
Students: Alexander Bingham, Luis Bustamante III, Will Cotton, Winston Holloway, Richard Klaja, Celeste Martinez, Zachary Mitchell, Carl Spartz, Rachael Wilson, Bethany Wood. Program Assistant: Adrian Larriva. Program Director: Chris Taylor.  
Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz      
Photos: Chris Taylor, Cathy Byrd and Joe DeMarco       
Sound: 45 rpm record found by Land Arts 2011 participants

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Joan Jonas

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Joan Jonas
Published 28 May 2012

Our listeners love Joan Jonas. A seminal contemporary performance artist, she has profoundly influenced the genre. Cathy Byrd watched Joan perform "The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things" twice this year—first, in Austin, Texas, and later, in Kassel, Germany. Each time, she and her collaborator, American jazz musician Jason Moran, filled the house and met standing ovations. Having featured Joan's work in a 1994 retrospective, the Stedelijk Museum dedicated a salon to Joan for the venue's re-opening exhibition. Fresh Art International was there.    

Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz
Photos: known credits noted
Music: Jason Moran, He Takes His Coat and Leaves

Monday, December 17, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Carolina Grau

Cathy Byrd Talks Art with Carolina Grau
Published August 6, 2012

This BEST OF Fresh Talk episode was recorded in Barcelona, home base for curator Carolina Grau's international practice.

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In Barcelona, Cathy Byrd speaks with Carolina Grau, an independent curator from Spain, who has created projects in London, Madrid, Lisbon, Sao Paulo and Paris. Carolina describes what she learned as a facilitator for Rachel Whiteread and the late Juan Muñoz; her curatorial residency at the Center for Contemporary Art, Noisy-le-Sec; the evolution of her work with Martin Creed (Cubitt Gallery and Tate Modern, London; Sala Alcalá, Madrid); and how locals get involved with the one-weekend D.I.Y. biennial she co-organizes with Mario Flecha, in the village of Jafre, Spain.

Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz      
Photos: Courtesy the artists and Carolina Grau, except where noted     
Sound: Martin Creed, Thinking, Not Thinking

En Barcelona, ​​Cathy Byrd habla con Carolina Grau, comisaria independiente de España que ha creado proyectos en Londres, Madrid, Lisboa, Sao Paulo y París. Carolina describe lo que aprendió como facilitadora para los artistas Rachel Whiteread y Juan Muñoz, su residencia curatorial en el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo en Noisy-le-Sec, la evolución de su trabajo con Martin Creed (Cubitt Gallery y la Tate Modern, Londres; Sala Alcalá, Madrid); y cómo durante un fin de semana, la gente se involucra en la D.I.Y. bienal que co-organiza con Mario Flecha, en Jafre, España. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fresh Talk: Sarah Hobbs

Conversations About Creativity in the 21st Century
Cathy Byrd speaks on Skype with photographer Sarah Hobbs on a night when Sarah is testing materials she collected for Overpacked, a set of site-specific installations to be on view in Atlanta for four days next week. Sarah's interest in human obsessions has led her to depict a range of neuroses and human foibles. Known for immersing her viewers in large scale photographs staged in familiar domestic interiors, this time, Sarah invites us into an experiential space: three hotel rooms that appear to be occupied by individuals trying very hard to make themselves feel at home.

Sound Editor and Episode Sound Designer: Eric Schwartz
Photos: Sarah Hobbs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Jack Sanders

Cathy Byrd Talks Architecture with Jack Sanders
Published July 15, 2012
Our listeners love hearing Austin-based Jack Sanders talk about his adventures. Jack's episode is high on the list for Best Of Fresh Talk.

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Cathy Byrd meets artist Jack Sanders at his studio in East Austin. From Cleburne, Texas, Jack studied at Auburn University and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas before he founded his company DesignBuild Adventure. Hear Jack talk about his muse Sam Mockbee, the Rural Studio, El Cosmico, and his commitment to slow architecture, storytelling and dreaming.

Sound Editor: Leonardo Madriz
Photo: Jack Sanders, except where noted 
Music: Ross Cashiola, Trains in the Grass

Sunday, December 2, 2012

BEST OF Fresh Talk: Franklin Sirmans

Cathy Byrd Talks Art with Franklin Sirmans
Published May 14, 2012

Our listeners consider this conversation with curator Franklin Sirmans the Number One episode for Fresh Talk's first season.

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Cathy Byrd talks on the phone with Franklin Sirmans, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Their conversation considers the essential role of public art at LACMA, covers the latest news on Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass installation and previews upcoming LACMA exhibitions to feature the Broad Collection (2012) and the work of Noah Purifoy (2014). Recently appointed Artistic Director for Prospect.3 New Orleans, Franklin shares some of his thoughts about the 2014 exhibition.
Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | Images: Courtesy of LACMA, except where noted. | End Sound: Excerpt of audio recorded while moving Michael Heizer's 340-ton rock from Riverside to Los Angeles, CA. Courtesy of LACMA