In my podcast series Barbara London Calling, I host conversations with pioneering and up-and-coming artists from all over the world. Together we explore what motivates and inspires these artists, what technologies they use in their unusually varied practices, and how they see the world as artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity.
Season 1 of Barbara London Calling launched August 2020, followed by Season 2.0 in December 2021. Subscribe and listen to the series on Apple , Spotify or your favorite podcast player, with a new episode released every two weeks.
Why did I create this series? In 1974, I founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York—the first program of its kind at a major museum. More recently I wrote Video/Art: The First Fifty Years, published by Phaidon, which surveys the first half century of video art.
But I wanted to go deeper into the past, present and uncharted future of video-media art. In the two seasons of my podcast series, I explore the kind of art that belongs to the here and now, as it continues to evolve with technology, with the times and with us, its users.
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I want my podcast series to showcase the farthest reaching, most innovative art of our time—a kind of art, and artist, that plays an essential role in the study and appreciation of contemporary art in general.
Barbara London Calling is produced by Ryan Leahey. Support for the series is generously provided by Bobbie Foshay and Independent Curators International (ICI), in conjunction with their exhibition, “Seeing Sound.” Background music for the series is graciously provided by Le Tigre for Season 1, and by Lee Ranaldo for Season 2.0. My thanks the participating artists for their time.