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Episode 3 (S2): #CareerGoals By Elena Gross, Jay Katelansky

Episode 3 (S2): #CareerGoals

what are you looking at?

Elena and Jay reflect on the decades-long careers of Black artists and consider what their re-emergence says about our current moment and for the future.

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Episode 35: Nancy Hom By Weston Teruya

Episode 35: Nancy Hom

(un)making

Weston talks with artist, curator, and cultural organizer Nancy Hom, who has served as an anchor and mentor in the Asian American artistic community, creating platforms to support artists, bring together people, and advance social justice work.

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Cybele Lyle: Lured to the Local By Kelly Kirkland

Cybele Lyle: Lured to the Local

New Takes

Cybele Lyle renegotiates her relationship to the rapidly changing landscape of her childhood home: “I feel like I'm seeing a place I've known forever for the first time.”

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Cliff Hengst & Scott Hewicker By Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker

Cliff Hengst & Scott Hewicker

Between You and Me

"I keep thinking of Prue Leith from the Great British Baking Show (one of the few things these days that calms my rising anxiety) when she says knowingly to the contestants, 'It has got to be worth the calories.' I’m sure there’s a metaphor for art school in there somewhere."

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Episode 1: Sound as Sculpture By Dorothy Santos

Episode 1: Sound as Sculpture

PRNT SCRN

In the first episode of PRNT SCRN, Dorothy explores the history and convergence of analog and digital technologies in the production of experimental sound.

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Fold, Staple, Embrace: The Body Alive in the Archive By tamara suarez porras

Fold, Staple, Embrace: The Body Alive in the Archive

New Takes

Photographic objects and the subjects within them degrade over time, particularly when discarded through the sieve of archival practices. Do possibilities exist for the body to further live through the photograph? Can photographic objects invoke life over death?

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Magnetic Fields By Glen Helfand

Magnetic Fields

Living & Working

The Bay Area may be losing some of its soul, but there’s a tenacious spirit here that cannot be eradicated. Ultimately, things boil down to our sense of truth and empathy.

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Episode 2, (S2): Deep In My Feelings By Elena Gross, Jay Katelansky

Episode 2, (S2): Deep In My Feelings

what are you looking at?

On this episode, Jay and Elena visit Bay Area Now 8, the YBCA triennial exhibition, and talk about faves and feelings.

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Episode 34: Dinh Q. Lê By Weston Teruya

Episode 34: Dinh Q. Lê

(un)making

In this (un)making episode, Weston talks with Ho Chi Minh City-based artist, curator, and cultural organizer Dinh Q. Lê.

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Autumn Knight’s Sanity TV By Ana Tuazon

Autumn Knight’s Sanity TV

Features

Autumn Knight's Sanity TV is a performative talk show negotiating the complex socio-policital dynamics of its audience.

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Episode 1, (S2): Let’s Do A Check-In By Elena Gross, Jay Katelansky

Episode 1, (S2): Let’s Do A Check-In

what are you looking at?

Elena and Jay catch up from summer break and unpack the meaning of “back-to-school” by thinking about the benefit and necessity of alternative schooling models.

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Episode 33: Jesus Barraza By Weston Teruya

Episode 33: Jesus Barraza

(un)making

In this episode, Weston Teruya is in conversation with artist and educator, Jesus Barraza, whose work draws on a long and complex history of print, mural, and socially engaged practices within Indigenous and Xicanx communities.

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Support Structures By Jackie Im

Support Structures

Living & Working

What does the migration of people in creative fields away from the Bay Area mean for those who stay? What is needed to survive here?

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Chitra Ganesh & Sung Hwan Kim By Chitra Ganesh, Sung Hwan Kim

Chitra Ganesh & Sung Hwan Kim

Between You and Me

"There are structural affinities between preservation of American race and American art."

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Episode 8: Bittersweet End Notes By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 8: Bittersweet End Notes

what are you looking at?

This episode is the season finale of what are you looking at?, and our hosts Jay and Elena reflect on the bittersweet feelings of all different sorts of endings.

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Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee By Weston Teruya

Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee

(un)making

The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour guides people across downtown Berkeley as they share stories that explore the multigenerational and intersectional work of South Asian Americans in the region.

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Episode 31: Erick Arguello, Rachel Lastimosa, & Tommy Wong By Weston Teruya

Episode 31: Erick Arguello, Rachel Lastimosa, & Tommy Wong

(un)making

Keeping Our Space: Organizing Cultural Districts in the Bay Area, was recorded live at the Bayanihan Community Center in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas in early April as the final event in Art Practical’s Process + Practice + Progress series.

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Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá By Nat Marcus

Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá

Features

To face the precarity of our present day and the psychic freight it offloads onto queer, POC, and undocumented people, Marcel Alcalá stages critiques that are in turn humorous and no-bullshit.

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Secrets and Other Superheroes By Genevieve Quick

Secrets and Other Superheroes

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

In superhero films, the secret lives of the protagonists are self-protective, ensuring their security within the civilian world. While the secrecy of identities and societies can fortify resistance, it also suggests an absence, one that has parallels to the lack of representation produced by socioeconomic and racial inequality and political oppression.

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Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies By Anna Martine Whitehead

Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies

Endurance Tests

Grief’s complexity is at the center of much of Indira Allegra’s work, which explores the intersections of loss, disability, and Black feminine physicality. 

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Children of Children By Anuradha Vikram

Children of Children

#Hashtags

In the exhibition Children of the Children of the Revolution at Stockholm’s Färgfabriken, five artists reckon with the legacies of their revolutionary upbringings.

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Episode 7: MFA or Nah By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 7: MFA or Nah

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena reflect on their post-grad experiences and give some tricks and tips that have helped them survive it (so far).

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Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux By Weston Teruya

Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux

(un)making

Edgar Arceneaux explores concepts of absolution, redemption, and the participation of audiences and institutions in exploitative systems.

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The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union By Lusi Lukova

The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union

Features

Jef Geys, the artist’s posthumous exhibition currently on view at Yale Union (YU), is a compilation of works that conceptually teeter between the liminal authorships of artist and curator, creative freedom and institutional limitations. 

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Bree Lamb By Jamee Crusan

Bree Lamb

New Takes

Bree Lamb produces sweet and sugary photographs that complicate partnerships and familiar relations while also instigating a hint of nostalgia for anyone who was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA By Connie Zheng

Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA

Features

The polyphony quickly reveals itself to be a major source of the power of John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea. Specifically, it provides a conceptual frame for greater consideration of the relationships between bodies and voices, media and environment, representations and reality.

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The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony By Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony

Features

Dorian Katz exposes forces of nature in the animal world that help to deconstruct human-held views of normative sexuality and gender. Katz’s metamorphic animals exist in the liminal spaces between species and genders, illustrating and leveraging other ways of embodiment and being.

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Letter from the Executive Director By Michele Carlson

Letter from the Executive Director

Equity flows from the top down, not muscled from the bottom up by those who also happen to be the focus of said diversity initiatives. These voices should determine outcomes, be held accountable, and be given credit for successes, and failures—not just be leveraged for institutional equity strategies.

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Episode 29: Imani Jacqueline Brown By Weston Teruya

Episode 29: Imani Jacqueline Brown

(un)making

New Orleans-based artist, writer, and cultural organizer, Imani Jacqueline Brown, very carefully examines the underlying financial systems that destabilize and shape our lives, whether it be fossil fuel money, predatory development, student debt, or wealthy investment portfolios.

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Black Feminist Insurgence By Anisa Jackson

Black Feminist Insurgence

Features

Anna Martine Whitehead, whose work engages with experimental spatial and temporal dimensions that can visualize Black queer relationships to these virtualities, investigates architectures of containment and resistance through an exchange of meditative gestures and lecture. 

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Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art By Rob Marks

Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art

Features

In the visual hothouse of the gallery, word art—particularly the word art of artists whose language fosters ambiguity—faces enormous challenges. Can an artwork’s visual and verbal impacts co-exist and survive each other's force? 

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Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects) By Vivian Sming

Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects)

Features

When artist Takeshi Moro was offered a teaching position at Santa Clara University in 2013, he decided to open up a non-profit art space, tmoro projects, in his garage right across from campus.

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Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena chat it up with Bay Area-bae Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle about her solo exhibition The Retrieval at SFAC Galleries and ask how she fights against her own erasure and finds solace in humor.

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Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade By Weston Teruya

Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade

(un)making

Chinatown Art Brigade creates public platforms through which neighborhood residents can tell their stories, articulate their demands, and assert their presence in a rapidly gentrifying area.

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A Moment of Respite: Looking Back at PST: LA/LA… By Irina Contreras

A Moment of Respite: Looking Back at PST: LA/LA…

Features

Irina Contreras examines performances from PST: LA/LA that share "an interest in the physicality of the pause, recline, or moment of respite" to reveal how "contemporary Latinx artists are considering and acting alongside the current political moment."

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Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy By Angela Hennessy

Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy

Notes from MoAD

Cheryl Derricotte sits down with Angela Hennessy to discuss her exhibition at MoAD and how her creative process lives under the “tyranny of title,” as a phrase will get stuck in her head, compelling her to research and create the ensuing art.

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Episode 27: Sarah Biscarra Dilley By Weston Teruya

Episode 27: Sarah Biscarra Dilley

(un)making

Sarah Biscarra Dilley discusses maps as myth and legislation as literature to be interrogated, her research into the stories embedded in her yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash familial lands, and role of intuitive image making in her practice.

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Alien Agents By Genevieve Quick

Alien Agents

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

In popular culture, science-fiction films express the US's paranoia of immigrants and hybrid identities as alien agents. Tseng Kwong Chi and ADÁL create counter-narratives that challenge traditional science-fiction tropes that vilify the Other.

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Episode 5: Meh at Sports By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 5: Meh at Sports

what are you looking at?

In the spirit of March Madness, Elena and Jay tackle the relationship between art and sports culture.

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Episode 26: Tyese Wortham By Weston Teruya

Episode 26: Tyese Wortham

(un)making

Tyese Wortham breaks down how CAST approaches their work and the nuances of Oakland’s cultural ecology—including hopeful examples of people self-organizing resources to hold onto their spaces.

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Curatorial Privilege By Anuradha Vikram

Curatorial Privilege

#Hashtags

The current institutional vogue for Harald Szeemann seems to embrace his visionary aesthetic—but not his vision for championing an art that was evolving, groundbreaking, and new, at the expense of institutional priorities. 

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Round By Anne Lesley Selcer

Round

Features

"A sonic assertion this large requires a degree of submission or sublimation, reframing dissonance—which always feels like a kind of threat—as sublime." On Chris Duncan's 12 Symbols, Janet Cardiff's The Forty Part Motet, and Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors.

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Adrienne Elise Tarver By Jamee Crusan

Adrienne Elise Tarver

New Takes

Adrienne Tarver’s seductive jungle landscapes blur the lines between looking and voyeurism.

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Dan Bustillo & Gelare Khoshgozaran By Dan Bustillo, Gelare Khoshgozaran

Dan Bustillo & Gelare Khoshgozaran

Between You and Me

"I think I need to walk into the simulacrum of a so-called Middle Eastern town at a US military training center and see how at home I really feel."

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Episode 25: Vero Majano By Weston Teruya

Episode 25: Vero Majano

(un)making

Vero Majano’s work explores the cultural history of San Francisco’s Mission District, creating spaces to assert and remember the queer and Latinx communities that shape one of the city’s most iconic but highly contested neighborhoods.

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How the Dirty New Media Movement Informed the First Virtual Art Galleries By Janna Avner

How the Dirty New Media Movement Informed the First Virtual Art Galleries

Locating Technology

Dirty New Media (DNM) is the inconformable art of disobeying software, and artists using DNM push against normative coding languages to see what will happen and to see how "dirty"—which for DNM implies both the terra firma as well as online pornography-raw or muddled their design can get.

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Bit Torrent: The Work of Cynthia Hooper By Gabrielle Gopinath

Bit Torrent: The Work of Cynthia Hooper

Features

Cultivated Ecologies uses videos, maps, and graphics to chart the epically scaled works of 20th-century engineering that reconfigured California’s waterways, and upended the state’s ecological balance in the process. 

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Astrid Kaemmerling By Elia Rita

Astrid Kaemmerling

Studio Sessions

Walking artist Astrid Kaemmerling analyzes the manifold roles artists have played in gentrification processes beyond being its agent or victim.

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Episode 4: Black Hoooooles By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 4: Black Hoooooles

what are you looking at?

It’s Black History Month and what could be Blacker than black holes? 

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Episode 24: Trisha Lagaso Goldberg By Weston Teruya

Episode 24: Trisha Lagaso Goldberg

(un)making

Trisha Lagaso Goldberg creates platforms to support artists in Hawaiʻi through exhibitions, programming, and her work as the Public Art Project Manager for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

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Whose Place, Whose Space?: Extraterrestrial Stakes By Genevieve Quick

Whose Place, Whose Space?: Extraterrestrial Stakes

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

Frances Bodomo and Larissa Sansour create poetic and fantastical extraterrestrial missions as alternative narratives to existing space programs, in order to explore, respectively, the tenuousness of Zambian and Palestinian national identity.

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Laurie Anderson By Emily K. Holmes

Laurie Anderson

Notes from Montalvo

Emily K. Holmes chats with Laurie Anderson about her deep concern for the current political moment, as well as the narratives and themes that infuse Anderson’s broad-sweeping creative practice.

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Ben Kinmont: On Becoming Something Else By Calder Yates

Ben Kinmont: On Becoming Something Else

Odd Jobs

Ben Kinmont's antiquarian bookselling business is also an ongoing sculpture titled Sometimes a nicer sculpture is to be able to provide a living for your family (1998–ongoing).

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Interview with Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes By Shahrzade Ehya

Interview with Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes

Features

Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes founded the artist-in-residence program TRADES as a means of fostering wider appreciation for O‘ahu’s vibrant but underappreciated and geographically remote contemporary art scene.

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Rupert García By John Zarobell

Rupert García

Studio Sessions

In Rupert García’s work, one sees the military-industrial complex, feels the patriotism, and hears the lies the government told.

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The Radicality of Women By Anuradha Vikram

The Radicality of Women

#Hashtags

Sexual harassment and assault in the art world have always been elements of the soft-power domination that global-capitalist culture enacts.

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Light and Space in the Prison-State By Matthew Lax

Light and Space in the Prison-State

Features

Adjacent to the redeveloped neighborhood of Bunker Hill with its own history of displaced communities, the First Street Courthouse is anything but neutral.

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Episode 23: Taraneh Hemami By Weston Teruya

Episode 23: Taraneh Hemami

Notes from Montalvo(un)making

Taraneh Hemami builds platforms for artists and activists to gather, find ways to address past traumas, create work, and weave together a collective institutional memory. 

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Episode 22: Wei Leng Tay & Michelle Wong By Weston Teruya

Episode 22: Wei Leng Tay & Michelle Wong

(un)making

Singaporean artist Wei Leng Tay and Hong Kong-based researcher Michelle Wong talk brought together a group of artists to explore public space, visuality, and post-Umbrella Movement.

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Episode 21: Edra Soto By Weston Teruya

Episode 21: Edra Soto

(un)making

I’m using craft as a vehicle to create this social connection. And to provide awareness, educate, and also put these objects that I collected in other people’s hands.

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Jel Martinez By Jamee Crusan

Jel Martinez

New Takes

Jel Martinez re-creates graffiti-laden street walls in his large paintings, using a process that questions and reenacts acts of erasure.

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Episode 1: Rooting For Everybody Black By Elena Gross, Jay Katelansky

Episode 1: Rooting For Everybody Black

what are you looking at?

what are you looking at? relaunches with Elena Gross, who is now permanently joined by artist and selfie-queen Jay Katelansky as co-host!

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Interview with Aria Dean By Nat Marcus

Interview with Aria Dean

Features

Aria Dean’s recent work has taken the form of material and textual articulations of a reality particular to the ontology of Blackness. 

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Flouting the Work History By Calder Yates

Flouting the Work History

Odd Jobs

"...it suits me better to not live my life worrying about the steps I have to take in order to get to the end. You don’t really know where your life is going to go or how long you’re going to live."

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Episode 20: Kim Anno By Weston Teruya

Episode 20: Kim Anno

(un)making

Weston Teruya talks with Kim Anno about about restorative justice, the ethics and process of building trust, the role of sports as a visual language, and building legislation to support artists in the city of Berkeley.

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Kaori Yamashita By Vivian Sming

Kaori Yamashita

Studio Sessions

This rock is exceptional, if only for the fact that it is covered in white slivers of hair.

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Judy Darragh: FOIL By Ashley Voss

Judy Darragh: FOIL

Notes from Montalvo

More than a political pun, Darragh’s work provides a nonjudgmental platform to brainstorm unconventional solutions.

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Interview with Ellie Dicola By Emily Pothast

Interview with Ellie Dicola

Features

There are three common threads I see going through all of my work: gender and my perception of femininity, experiences of sexuality as they relate to trauma, and mental-health issues, which are linked in a cause-and-effect cycle with the trauma.

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Interview with C. Davida Ingram By Sarah Margolis-Pineo

Interview with C. Davida Ingram

Features

"I’m committed to having spaces to think about the conditions Black people and people of color are living in and what might produce our freedom—spaces for communion, dancing, good music—all the conversational prerequisites for creativity."

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Episode 19: Kimberly Drew By Weston Teruya

Episode 19: Kimberly Drew

(un)making

“I like the idea that you can build more of an artillery of images and things that you have to base your own taste levels off of.”

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Royce Allen Hobbs By Jamee Crusan

Royce Allen Hobbs

New Takes

For some, the need to remain concealed is a mode of both survival and self-preservation.

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The Big Lie By Anuradha Vikram

The Big Lie

#Hashtags

What does this initiative do to rectify decades of disempowerment of Latin American and Latinx people in Los Angeles?

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Interview with Tom Marioni By Terri Cohn

Interview with Tom Marioni

Features

I keep doing different things because I don’t like to repeat myself, but at the same time, I’m doomed to repeat myself because it’s what most people know me for—that one work from 1970.

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Episode 18: Brett Cook By Weston Teruya

Episode 18: Brett Cook

(un)making

Brett Cook and Weston Teruya talk about creating skillful outcomes, bringing people into relationship with one another, and creating a culture of assessment and reflection. 

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Episode 17: Gabby Miller By Weston Teruya

Episode 17: Gabby Miller

(un)making

I am interested in utopias, but a utopia where everyone actually is there. And can actually be there. And that means not erasing history.

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