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S02 E02 Interview: Rachel Bacon

Sun Dec 02 2018 (49:18)

Graphite and Diamonds

GRAPHITE AND DIAMONDS: THE ALLOTROPIC DRAWINGS OF RACHEL BACONHave you ever crumpled paper just right, or covered a sheet from edge to edge with graphite, or, otherwise, protected a clean page from damage at all costs? Rachel Bacon has, and from the sound of it, she’ll continue doing so. She’s been experimenting with materials for decades, and she’s gotten it down to a science – the science of paper and pencil, trees and graphite, wood and carbon, pulp and powder. Just like diamonds and coal bot ...

S02 E01: Premise

Tue Aug 28 2018 (34:55)

A Bold Move With The Cowardly Lion

In the pilot episode of this new series, PREMISE, David Colosi and his guests consider a New York City public elementary school staging a theatrical production of The Wizard of Oz by casting the role of the Cowardly Lion as a real lion.Release date: 2018 August 28

S01 E14: Interview: Jeremy Sigler

Thu Sep 21 2017 (40:28)

My Vibe

David Colosi talks to Jeremy Sigler about … poetry.JeremyandDavidexplore questions that arise fromMy Vibe: In the poet’s attempt to reach an audience, can one avoid succumbing to self-censorship, on the one hand, and fabricated outrageousness on the other while remaining true to oneself, flaws and all, and leave the campsite unmarred for the next campers? Are the dual desires to be read and to remain invisible at odds? Today, how does persona construction differ between a self-revealing literary ...

S01 E13: Tribute: Stage Wisdom

Mon May 22 2017 (45:48)

Stage Wisdom

David Colosidigs through his live music collection and edits gems of wisdom musicians shared mid-performance with their audiences. “Bright moments is like making love to a moonbeam,” “No one going on a business trip would be missed if they never arrived,” and “If you got it today, don’t wear it tomorrow.”Gil Scott Heronhaving enough of police violence,Bruce Springsteenadvising teens about blind faith,Janis Joplingetting it while she can,Anohnihoping for matriarchal systems of governance andTom W ...

S01 E12: Tribute: Devo+

Wed Apr 26 2017 (01:41:16)

DEVO and Mark Mothersbaugh

David Colosi, with the accompaniment of Jake Nussbaum, compiles a DEVO tribute as a companion to his interview with Mark Mothersbaugh.This selection covers DEVO’s roots in Akron passing through Kent State, punk rock, American New Wave, MTV, then into selected Mothersbaugh tunes for films like Life Aquatic and The Lego Movie, then to the 2011 DEVO return in Something For Everybody – with a few other oddities mixed in – and finishes with Mark’s newest project Mutant Flora, a box of six seven-inch ...

S01 E11: Interview: Mark Mothersbaugh

Wed Apr 26 2017 (52:54)

Myopia

David Colosi talks with Mark Mothersbaugh about Myopia,Mutato Muzika, broken instruments and De-evolution. Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, collects for the first time a representative body of Mothersbaugh’s visual and audio artwork before and after his seminal work with DEVO. The exhibition is on view at The Grey Art Gallery at New York University from April 26 - July 15, 2017.Mark Mothersbaugh has been part of the contemporary art conversation since the 1970s. As an art student at Kent State during ...

S01 E10: Interview: Hidemi Takagi

Thu Mar 30 2017 (36:55)

Peppermint Twist

Host David Colosi talks to artist Hidemi Takagi about her photo and video projects. Growing up in Japan, she adored American films from the 1950s and ‘60s. The George Lucas classic American Graffiti made a significant impression. Her projects reflect this influence as she recreates that characteristic vibrancy and hyper-saturation of color as a nostalgic throwback to what was then her future dream of America. As a resident of New York City since 1997, living in various neighborhoods in Manhattan ...

S01 E09: Interview: Stephanie Dinkins

Mon Feb 13 2017 (42:44)

Conversations with Bina48

Did you ever think you’d grow up to talk to a robot that looked like you? David Colosi discusses with artist Stephanie Dinkins her conversations with AI entity Bina48 (created by Martine Rothblatt’s Terasem Movement, Inc.). Is building a robot into a human-like sculptural bust a gimmick to seduce humans to engage with it, or do anthropomorphic features allow for essential discussions about dignity and care? With what respect do we need to treat objects, and how does this change when computers ha ...

S01 E08: Tribute: Lou Reed

Thu Oct 27 2016 (02:14:49)

Disco Mystic

David Colosi pays personal tribute to Lou Reed on the third anniversary of the poet-singer-songwriter supreme’s passing. Host Colosi on this special episode: “Whenever I’ve been invited as a visiting poet, students always ask me what poets I like. My first answer is always Lou Reed. They don’t get it. Neil Gaiman said it best when he spoke about his fans who respond to his characters by dressing or making-up like them. He said he’s touched to see that he contributed to furnishing someone’s inter ...

S01 E07: Tribute: Albert Ayler

Thu Aug 04 2016 (02:24:37)

An Appreciation

In celebration of the 80th birthday of the late jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936 – November 25, 1970), host David Colosi has compiled a two hour mix dedicated to the musician's life. Twenty tracks spanning multiple Ayler releases make up this tribute program. You will hear: Intro: Spirits (Spiritual Unity) Part 1: Interview with Daniel Caux for France Culture, July 27, 1970, Saint-Paul- de-Vence, France (Holy Ghost box set) Leap Frog with US 76th Adjutant General’s Army band (Holy Gh ...

S01 E06: Interview: Charley Friedman

Tue Jul 19 2016 (01:05:31)

On Humor

David Colosi in conversation with artist Charley Friedman on Friedman's sculpture and photography, his relationship with humor, and his influences -- ranging from Lenny Bruce to Brian Eno. The glue that binds Charley Friedman’s work is humor. The crux of his work is to explore the absurd, tragic, and contradictory nature of living. Themes in his work reflect his preoccupations with how individuals, nations, and cultures form and transmit ideas and values. Friedman has exhibited and performed at ...

S01 E05: Interview: Amy Scholder

Tue May 31 2016 (01:00:41)

Icon

Host David Colosi sits down with Amy Scholder to discuss her three decade history in the field of publishing, her iconic series High Risk, as well as her most recent project, Icon, an anthology of essays on public figures written by some of the industry's most provocative writers, edited by Scholder and released by The Feminist Press. Amy Scholder has been editing and publishing progressive and literary books for over twenty-five years. She has published the work of Sapphire, Karen Finley, June ...

S01 E04: Interview: Peter Shelton

Fri Mar 11 2016 (40:16)

Professional Boy

David Colosi in conversation with Peter Shelton, discussing Shelton's sculpture practice. Shelton is an artist who has been populating the world with sculpture since the 1970s, with environmental scaled works, biomorphic forms, and anatomic parallaxes take the sculptural premise of occupying space to its perfect end. Manipulating scale, size, and space; architecture, anatomy, and engineering; inflation, verisimilitude, and poetry, his work engages the minds of our human bodies in a dialog betwee ...

S01 E03: Tribute: David Bowie, Part 2

Sat Jan 16 2016 (01:22:42)

Tribute

David Colosi brings his extraordinary collection of David Bowie tracks to the Clocktower studios and, with the moral and technical encouragement of Jake Nussbaum, spins nearly three hours of rare and surprisingly odd, even for Bowie, recordings. In this program you will hear: Volare (Absolute Beginners) And I Say To Myself (I Dig Everything) Please Mr. Gravedigger (David Bowie) Liza Jane (Gigantes De Pop) Man In The Middle (Rare Singles Vol. 2) Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Alternative Biography) ...

S01 E03: Tribute: David Bowie, Part 1

Fri Jan 15 2016 (01:23:21)

Tribute

David Colosi brings his extraordinary collection of David Bowie tracks to the Clocktower studios and, with the moral and technical encouragement of Jake Nussbaum, spins nearly three hours of rare and surprisingly odd, even for Bowie, recordings. In this program you will hear: Volare (Absolute Beginners) And I Say To Myself (I Dig Everything) Please Mr. Gravedigger (David Bowie) Liza Jane (Gigantes De Pop) Man In The Middle (Rare Singles Vol. 2) Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Alternative Biography) ...

S01 E02: Interview: Jason Forrest

Mon Nov 16 2015 (23:04)

Network Awesome

An electronic musician working in a variety of styles and founder and Creative Director of Network Awesome, an online TV Network, Jason Forrest also runs two record labels, Nightshifters (for club music) and Cock Rock Disco (for experimental sounds). It is obvious why host David Colosi calls Forrest a polymath. In this interview, Forrest talks in great detail about Network Awesome, describing it as longform media platform. It has a bright spectrum of content, carrying anything from documentaries ...

S01 E01: Interview: Jen Ray

Thu Oct 08 2015 (24:53)

Deep Cuts

David Colosi in conversation with surrealist artist, Jen Ray, about her Deep Cuts solo exhibition at Albertz Benda Gallery in Chelsea, marking the homecoming of the previously Berlin-based Ray to her native United States. Ray's large-scale works are known for their surreal landscapes, where Amazonian women rule, militants move across dystopian fields, and uneasy spaces are occupied by rebels and provocateurs. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries in cities including New York, Berlin, a ...