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

Things get witchy this week as Brian and Ryan weave a conversation on spell casting, rock n' roll, and badminton with fibers artist Karolina Gnatowski.


Fresh off a Skowheagan residency, Gnatowski is burning a four ended candle with looming exhibitions at DePaul University, Free Range, Terrain, and the here and now, "Changeling" at Julius Caesar. Our conversational arc ties together the topics of witchcraft, spells, poetry, badminton, classic rock, and stand-up comedy. Brian reveals his sporting past, Ryan finds just the right word, and KG admits she's never seen "Top Gun."


Direct download: Bad_At_Sports_Episode_610_Karolina_Gnatowski.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Public Matter changing the world.

Public Matters connects people to their neighborhoods; cultivates shared ownership of place; builds capacity to shape communities.


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_609_Public_Matters.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

Alireza Khatami comes into the studio to talk his first feature film Oblivion Verses ( which premiered at the Venice Biennial where it took a golden lion for screenwriting. He chats with Brian and Dana on filming beyond plot, making a movie in a language you don't speak, and everything you need to know about cemeteries. 
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_608_Alireza_Khatami.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

How should we teach art after Social Practice and the Post-Studio? Michelle Illuminato (Portland State,) Brett Hunter (Alfred,) and Carol Padberg (Hartford) help us work through the problem.

Recorded at Open Engagement 2017


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Jeffly Gabriela Molina joins Dana and Ryan in the studio to discuss her paintings and upcoming group exhibition at LVL3. Jeffly introduces us to the intimacy of her image making and even graces us with an original short poem. Ryan terms up our volume with an ode to Structuralism and more in this episode of Bad at Sports Center!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_606__Jeffly_Gabriela_Molina.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

This week on Bad at Sports Center - New City Publisher Brian Hieggelke! Talking movie making and the extensions of publishing!

Future forward thinking and with a little help from our friends at Today at Apple.

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Oak Park Brawl- Rauschenberg vs. Johns. Who would win in a fight? What if they were underwater? What if they were in the dark? What if they were on a white canvas with a white ground? Who know? Matthew Girson knows. We use a division between these two legendary painters to inform and interrogate the practice of Local Hero Matthew Girson! Woot! I think he was grateful when we left.

Matthew Hoffman "You are Beautiful" at


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_604_Matthew_Girson.mp3
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Misael Soto joins Bad at Sports Center to discuss "Provisional Obstruction," a public sculptural work in collaboration with Ayesha Singh outside of ACRE Projects. We delve into Soto's history of creating monumentally mundane sculpture and their Chicago origin story. DJ Younger Brother puts us into context as we discuss performance, gentrification, and giant beach towels all in this weeks episode.

Direct download: Bad_At_Sports_Episode_603_Misael_Soto.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

This week Duncan and Dana interview former Chicagoan David Hartt on the occasion of the opening of his latest commission, in the forest, on location at The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. David and Duncan talk Canada stuff, and Hartt walks our hosts through his investigation into architect Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat project in Puerto Rico. The multi-part installation is on view at the Graham Foundation until January 6, 2018.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_602_David_Hartt.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

This week, Bad @ Sportscenter darling Caroline Picard, returns to dish on the upcoming exhibit 'Coming of Age,' at Sector 2337. Picard shares the mics with Aki Inomata, Essi Kausalainen, and Rebecca Beachy, three brilliant artists from the all-star exhibition line-up. The conversation includes, but is not limited to: hermit crab housing, hair shirts, the human embodiment of plants, horse skeletons, and taxidermy birds. You must listen to believe. 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_601_Coming_of_Age.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT