Sat, 24 March 2018
This week in the studio, we enter the virtual cave of sculptor, Daniel G. Baird. Dana and Ryan join Daniel in traversing the temporal expanse, dragging the prehistoric into the hyperreality of the Anthropocene. We muse on the museological and disambiguate our guest from his 90's roots rock alter ego. Daniel's current solo exhibition, "on the water," is on display at New York's Grimm Gallery and is additionally featured in "Unthought Environments," at the Renaissance Society.
Mon, 19 March 2018
Karsten Lund is Assistant Curator at The Renaissance Society with recent curated exhibitions including Ben Rivers em>Urth and Sadie Benning's Shared Eye. Previously, Lund was Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, contributing to major group exhibitions including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology and The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now.Additionally, he has produced curatorial projects at other venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Capital Projects, Hyde Park Art Center, and a factory shortly before its demolition.
Start with the ancient elements—earth, water, fire, air—and then expand your view of our elemental world. Think about sunlight, weather systems, rare earth minerals, and electromagnetic forces, to name only a few other things. Phenomena like these are integral to our daily lives but they can be elusive, easily forgotten, or deliberately kept out of sight: the hidden components of our virtual worlds, factors in geopolitics, or deeper influences on human habits and cultures. What are our “unthought environments” today? Our elemental surroundings become another kind of vital infrastructure, seemingly there to be used and overlooked, but the elements have shaped us, too, and sometimes they veer into the foreground.
Unthought Environments is informed by evolving discussions in various fields, including media studies, ecology, and philosophy. Against this backdrop, new and recent artworks offer a set of explorations with different focal points in the elemental sphere as it intersects with our more human-made domains. The artists’ videos, sculptures, photographs, installations, and digital images delve into the state of water in multiple countries; the mining operations that feed our computers; the effects of the sun; electromagnetic fields made visible; dust storms; and other phenomena brought to life.
Curated by Karsten Lund.
Mon, 12 March 2018
Today on Bad at Sports(center center center center), curator and media artist Emily Eddy joins Ryan, Diana and Jesse in the cave to discuss this weekend's Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, which she curated. We talk the talk about talking about moving images (which used to be movies and before that films and at some point in there videos), about recent trends in the field, about programming strategies, about the Nightingale's tenth anniversary (!!!) and what it is teens are or are into. It's probably radio and probably newspapers, but who knows.
Scope the full Onion City schedule here: http://www.onioncity.
Learn more about Emily here: http://emily-eddy.com/em
Emily Eddy is a film, video, and digital media artist and curator based in Chicago. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has been curating film, video, and new media works at the Nightingale Cinema in Chicago since 2013, and she has worked with the screening series and online video curation project Video! Video! Zine since 2016. Emily has curated and programmed screenings at many venues in Chicago, as well as in Los Angeles, Reykjavik, Iceland, and her hometown, Portland, Oregon.
Thu, 1 March 2018
Rituals and Ceremonies abound as Brian and Jason sit with Frank Mauguri, Creative Director of Cabinet of Curiosity Events and the legendary Red Moon Theater. Frank unpacks his creative journey through the frames of spectacle, intimacy, and and a chilling brain diagnosis.