Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, badatsports.com focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
Bad at Sports Episode 555: Michael Rakowitz

This week: The amazing stupendous Michael Rakowitz!!

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This week Dana Bassett and Duncan Mackenzie catch up with the artist Ben Stone. We are joined thanks to Artadia by special guest host (whose name Duncan has been mispronouncing for years and to his shame this continues here) Elysia Borowy-Reeder Executive Director of MOCAD ( Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit).  

We catch up with Ben during the intense run up to his solo show at Western exhibitions which is up now through September 16, 2016.  In a rich conversation we chat about things work, humor and contemporary art, violence, sports, and the magic of therapy.

Names Dropped:

Direct download: BadAtSports554BenStone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

This week's episode produced in conjunction with Chicago’s Lake FX Summit. We join Dana Bassett and Allison Glenn as they unpack the unusual public art exhibition “Messages in the Street.” The conversation ranges broadly from the context of public art, institutional and non-institutional modes of being, money and our collective frustration with it, a surprising suggestion that Wittgenstein is a father, and they delve deep into hash tagging, and Beyoncé versus Bell Hooks.

 

Check out Dana Bassett’s wrap up post here.

Direct download: BadatSportsEpisode553AllisonGlenn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

This week sees the return of the once thought lost Mark Staff Brandl!

Chris Dennis!

From his site:

Chris Dennis grew up in, England. He studied natural history illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and this classical training is evident in his current therianthropic work.  After completing his BA (Hons) at the University of Wolverhampton he relocated to the United States, and in 2000 earned his MFA from the University of Art in San Francisco. In 2010 after a period in Berlin, Chris made Auckland his home. He has exhibited in New Zealand, Europe and across the United States.

He currently resides in Zürich, Switzerland.

  My paintings are perhaps best described as ‘Narrative expressionism’ or ‘internalized portraiture’. The stories behind these ‘Therianthropic’ pieces have been carefully obfuscated and invite the viewer to create their own narrative, bringing to mind facets or emotions that maybe more difficult to confront if not disguised behind a mask.

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_552_MSB_vs._Chris_Dennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Tim Kinsella!

Yes that Tim Kinsella. The visionary musician behind Joan of Arc, Owls, and Mid-Western indie rock world changers, Cap n' Jazz. He joined Duncan in his class "The Late Late Afternoon Show" to discuss all things indie rock, writing books, and now being a publisher at Featherproof Press.

Minds will be shredded.

While your listening to the show, why not head over to the Elastic Arts Space and check out Joan of Arcs many Artist/Musicians work and if you hit it on a Tuesday on or after the 21st you'll catch one of their many tied in bands...

From http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/collections/tim-kinsella

from http://soloset.blogspot.com/2010/11/why-pitchfork-are-wrong-about-joan-of.html

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_551_Tim_Kinsella.mp3
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This week we check in with Zachary Dodson about all things Scandinavian, Featherproof Press, and BATS OF THE REPUBLIC.

From his website...

Zach Dodson is a book designer particularly interested in visual narrative. He has designed books for many independent presses, most notably featherproof books, which he founded in Chicago in 2005. Contact him about freelance book design projects by putting “@gmail.com” after his name. 

Texan Zachary Thomas is the author and illustrator of Bats of the Republic, an illuminated novel published by Doubleday in 2015. Zach Plague wrote and designed the hybrid image/text boring boring boring boring boring boring boring in 2008. Neither should be contacted, as they exist only speculatively.

Professor Zachary Dodson teaches courses on hybrid narrative and storytelling at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He is available for guest lectures or workshops on book design, visual narrative or publishing.

Other names dropped... Tim Kinsella, Anna Kunz, Columbia College Chicago

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_550_Zachary_Dodson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Low and behold, in conjunction with Rhona Hoffman and on the eve of the 2015 Chicago Architectural Biennial we had a once in a life time opportunity to sit down and speak with James Wines of SITE. An architect so radical his buildings have a power quite unlike most contemporary architects, they don't bend us with spectacle, physicality, or industry, they delight us with wit and whimsy. They open our eyes to a magic in the everyday or in the second glance you have to give to a building telling you the story of its demise.

Some days this is the best job.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_549_James_Wines.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

This week Duncan, thanks to Columbia College Chicago and a class called the Late Late Afternoon Show, rocks the mic with Amanda Williams whose work blew our collective minds with the "Color(ed) Theory" series of public works on the south side of Chicago. She pulled in the lion's share of the press at the 2015 Chicago Architectural Biennial and seems to have been going nonstop since!

 

http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AmandaBody1.jpg

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_548_Amanda_Williams.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 547: Present Standard

This week: Richard and Duncan talk to the curators and artists of Present Standard!

Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Present Standard features 25 contemporary artists with Latino Chicago connections. Their works that play with the manifold meanings and forms suggested by the “standard” – as either a flag or a pennant, a measuring tactic or a guiding principle, or a potent symbol of national identity.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_547-Present_Standard.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Ebony G Patterson is tearing apart our collective American contemporary art consciousness. She has recently closed a show at New York's Museum of Arts and Design and is rocking as exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem! We caught up with her at EXPO Chicago.

Richard and Duncan announce a new Bad at Sports initiative.  

Names Dropped:

Bling Funerals, Trinidad Carnival, Monique Meloche, Krista Thompson, Claire Tancons, ICI (Independent Curators International), Michael Brown, Jacquard Loom, Prospect, Carpal Tunnel, Jamaica Biennial, Chincy, Skin Bleaching, Metrosexual, Man Bun, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kehendi Wiley, man liner, Cindy Sherman, the New York Times, Stan Douglas, Frank Stella, Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Anthony Smith, Dan Gunn, Sabina Ott

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_546_Ebony_G_Patterson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15am EDT