2.06 | Sondra Perry

[January 12, 2022 | Season 2, Ep. 6 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: Today I’m speaking with Sondra Perry, an interdisciplinary artist born 1986 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Sondra creates insightful artwork using video, computer-based media, installation and performance. She is one of today’s bright, young stars, highly respected as an innovator. Technically adept, with wit and grace she investigates such timely topics as desire, race, power and gender. Sondra, welcome to Barbara London Calling 2.0. I’m delighted to talk with you today.

Sondra Perry: Thanks for the invitation, Barbara. This is really cool.

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2.05 | Amar Kanwar

[December 29, 2021 | Season 2, Ep. 5 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: My guest today is Amar Kanwar, an Indian artist whose masterful films and multimedia work explore the politics of power, violence and justice. Born in 1964 in New Delhi, where he still is based, Amar started his career as a filmmaker. He gave up filmmaking for a while and became a researcher for occupational health and safety in the coal mining belt of Madhya Pradesh in central India. He turned to art making in 1990. He has been collected and shown internationally, with work that ties together the personal, the social, and the political. Amar, thank you so much for joining me today.

Amar Kanwar: Thank you, Barbara. It’s really nice to meet after such a long time.

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2.04 | Tracey Moffatt

[December 15, 2021 | Season 2, Ep. 4 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: My guest today is Tracey Moffatt, a true innovator and an acclaimed artist who began her career as an experimental filmmaker. Born 1960, Tracey grew up in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, where she absorbed a rich visual vocabulary by watching local television and movies. Her unflinching artwork is a mix of childhood memories, popular culture, history, film, television, literature and dreams. She uses fiction to comment on her own personal history and on serious issues of the volatile political landscape.

After receiving her BA from the Queensland College of Art in 1982, she photographed the Aboriginal Islander dance theater and became a founding member of the Boomalli Aboriginal artist collective in Sydney. In 1988, she sharpened her skills by working professionally in documentary production for television station SBS TV in Sydney, where she continues to live. Tracey, thank you so much for joining me.

Tracey Moffatt: Hello, Barbara London. I’m thrilled to be in a podcast. My first one.

BL: Well, you deserve this one and many more.

TM: Thank you.

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2.03 | Lorraine O’Grady

[December 1, 2021 | Season 2, Ep. 3 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: My guest today is the acclaimed artist and inspired thinker Lorraine O’Grady. During her productive career, Lorraine has engaged in a range of disciplines, from performance and dance to photography, writing and the moving image, all while investigating the politics of diaspora and identity. Born in Boston in 1934 to Caribbean immigrant parents, Lorraine served as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, moved on to become a literary and commercial translator, then a rock music critic before she turned to visual arts in the late 1970s. Welcome, Lorraine. I’m delighted to speak with you today.

Lorraine O’Grady: Thank you. I’m very happy to be here.

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2.02 | Jakob Kudsk Steensen

[December 1, 2021 | Season 2, Ep. 2 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: Today my guest is the software-savvy artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen. Born 1987, now based in Berlin, Jakob grew up in Denmark. His mother was an educational sociologist and his father was an engineer. A tinkerer since childhood, Jakob’s interest in technology developed after he hacked a video game called Unreal, using Level Editor to do so. He still works with this same tool, which is now known as Unreal Engine. Jakob, thank you so much for joining me.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Thank you, Barbara. It’s always a pleasure to speak with you and hear your thoughts.

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2.01 | Auriea Harvey

[December 1, 2021 | Season 2, Ep. 1 | Barbara London Calling]

Barbara London: Welcome to Barbara London Calling 2.0. I’m your host, Barbara London. In 1974, I founded the Video Media Program at the Museum of Modern Art, where I was a curator for 40 years. Last year, I published Video Art: The First 50 Years, the first in-depth history of video art.

Today, with technology as ubiquitous and as fluid as water, I’m interested in how artists adopt technology to their own artistic language and vision. In Season 2 of Barbara London Calling, I’m speaking with 12 artists from all over the world, each challenging the entrenched definitions of what art is and what it can be. These 12 artists and I will explore the role of technology in contemporary art today and where it might take us tomorrow.

Today, I’m speaking with Auriea Harvey, a boundary-breaking artist born 1971 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1989, Auriea moved to New York to study at the Parsons School of Design, where she received her BFA in sculpture. Before long, she began creating Internet art, video games, work in extended reality, and recently she moved on to NFTs. Auriea is now based in Rome, where she is calling from today. Auriea, welcome to Barbara London Calling 2.0.

Auriea Harvey: Hello, Barbara. Great to be here.

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Barbara London and Auriea Harvey in conversation

Barbara London and Auriea Harvey in conversation on December 3, 10 a.m. at THE BASS, celebrating the launch of Season 2 of “Barbara London Calling.” Harvey is a boundary-breaking artist whose sculpture magically bridges digital and physical space. She plumbed the depths of net art and video games, before turning her attention to 3D modeling, printing, and mixed reality. London and Harvey’s conversation will revolve around the artist’s inspiring transition to NFT artwork.

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Hosted by THE BASS, (2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach).
Supported by Kramlich Art Foundation. Endorsed by Chris Vroom and bitforms gallery.

 

1.13 | Chrissie Iles

In each of the first 12 episodes of “Barbara London Calling,” I spoke with artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity. But today, for the 13th and final episode of Season 1, I’m speaking with a curator who is helping to build a space and platform for those artists to continue their exploration.

Today I’m joined by Chrissie Iles, the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. As a leading authority on contemporary art and the moving image, Chrissie has curated important exhibitions, including “Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art, 1964-1977” and “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016.”

Chrissie, I’ve been trying to remember when we first met—I believe it was while you were Head of Exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England. We’ve been wonderful colleagues and friends ever since. Thanks so much for joining me, and welcome to the season finale of “Barbara London Calling.”

Chrissie Iles: Barbara, thank you very much for having me on your podcast. It’s a real honor, and a real pleasure to be talking together. 

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1.12 | Didem Pekün

Today, I’m calling Didem Pekün, a Turkish–British artist, born 1978 and now based in Berlin. Didem’s lyrical video installations interrogate different ideas of identity, displacement and statelessness.  

Didem, thanks for joining me.  

Didem Pekün:  Barbara, thanks so much for having me. Such a pleasure. Thank  you.

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