Samson Young

This is Barbara London Calling. Welcome once again to my podcast series about the wild world of media art. I’m calling media artists from around the world, many of whom I’ve worked with as an author and curator. Together we’re exploring what motivates and inspires these artists, and how they see the world as media artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity.

Today I’m calling Samson Young, a Hong Kong–based artist whom I consider to be one of the most talented investigators of sound as art.

Samson works in a broad range of disciplines: music composition, performance, installation, sound, video, drawing, and design. His artwork is elegant yet razor-sharp, and sometimes political in nature, as he addresses the vicissitudes of language and history.

Nocturne. 2015. Performance
Photo: Courtesy the artist

Samson, thanks so much for joining me.

SAMSON YOUNG: Thanks, Barbara, for having me.

Listen on Spotify

 Apple Podcasts Listen badge

Feel free to embed, share, like, and subscribe.

Welcome to Barbara London Calling

In my podcast series Barbara London Calling, I’m hosting conversations with pioneering and up-and-coming artists from around the world. Together we’re exploring 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.

A few of the artists are featured in my book, Video/Art: The First Fifty Years; several are also included in “Seeing Sound,” an exhibition I organized, which tours in 2021 under the auspices of Independent Curators International (ICI), the nonprofit based in Manhattan.

Subscribe and listen on Apple , Spotify or your favorite podcast player, with a new episode released every two weeks. 

Listen on Spotify

 Apple Podcasts Listen badge

Feel free to embed, share, like, and subscribe.

Zina Saro-Wiwa

This is Barbara London Calling. Welcome once again to my podcast series about the wild world of media art. I’m calling media artists from around the world, many of whom I’ve worked with as an author and curator. Together we’re exploring what motivates and inspires these artists, and how they see the world as media artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity.

 

Today, I’m calling Zina Saro-Wiwa, an interdisciplinary artist whose mediums include video, photography, sculpture, sound, and sometimes food. Zina has said as an artist, she wants to free herself from super colonized ideas about her native Nigeria, while expanding what it is to be an activist and environmentalist.

She wants to broaden the meaning of Africanness and ultimately decolonize the idea of self. Born in 1976 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Zina grew up in the UK and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she brought with her a love for Nollywood movies from Nigeria’s fertile film industry. Zina, thank you for joining me.

ZINA SARO-WIWA. Thank you for having me, Barbara.

Listen on Spotify

 Apple Podcasts Listen badge

 

Feel free to embed, share, like, and subscribe.

Anri Sala

This is Barbara London Calling. Welcome to my podcast series about the wild world of media art. I’m calling media artists from around the world, many of whom I’ve worked with as an author and curator. Together we’re exploring what motivates and inspires these artists, and how they see the world as media artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity.

Today I’m calling Anri Sala, an internationally acclaimed artist from Tirana, Albania. Born in 1974, Anri studied in Paris before moving to Berlin in 2004. Anri eloquently orchestrates sound in space with a keen focus on the underlying politics of contemporary life. Incorporating what he calls a distrust of language, his multi-media installations investigate the role of language and memory in our social and political history. Anri, thank you for joining me.

ANRI SALA: Thank you, Barbara. Thank you for inviting me.

Listen on Spotify

 Apple Podcasts Listen badge

Feel free to embed, share, like, and subscribe.

Order

Video/Art, The First Fifty Years (Phaidon Press) Video Art table of contents screenshot

“[A]n unabashed personal history coupled with a treasure trove of straight-forward facts about the artists, the art works, and the technological twists and turns that produced this art… Must read for anyone wanting both a personalized dialogue and encyclopedic knowledge on an art form that now dominates our contemporary art landscape.”Dara Birnbaum, artist

 

Video/Art, The First Fifty Years (Phaidon Press) traces the history of video art as it transformed into the broader field of media art.  
Continue reading

 

 

 

Seeing Sound


Seeing Sound
is a traveling exhibition curated by Barbara London, and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are supported, in part, by Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program and with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. The tour launches in San Francisco at the Kadist Foundation, date to be determined.

  • Aura Satz, Dial Tone Drone, 2014.
    Aura Satz, Dial Tone Drone, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Exhibitions

  • Pipilotti Rist, I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much.
    Pipilotti Rist, I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much. 1986. Video. Courtesy the artist, EAI NY and videoart.ch.