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Amplifying ideas that fly below the radar. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

This podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and currently produced by:
Am Johal
Joey Malbon
Julia Aoki
Kathy Feng
Samantha Walters

Visit our website for archived audio and video recordings of our public events: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/library.html

Below the Radar SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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Amplifying ideas that fly below the radar. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

This podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Hosted and currently produced by:
Am Johal
Joey Malbon
Julia Aoki
Kathy Feng
Samantha Walters

Visit our website for archived audio and video recordings of our public events: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/library.html

    Ass Power — with Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim

    Ass Power — with Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim

    This week on Below the Radar, we’re joined by Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim, co-creators of the participatory videogame performance asses.masses. The show recently wrapped up a run at Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Patrick and Milton discuss the show’s development, videogames as performance, and what they’ve discovered as they’ve toured the piece.

    Find out more and get tickets for their upcoming performances at https://www.assesmasses.work/performances

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/239-patrick-blenkarn-milton-lim.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/239-patrick-blenkarn-milton-lim.html

    Resources:
    asses.masses: https://www.assesmasses.work/
    Patrick Blenkarn: https://patrickblenkarn.com/
    Milton Lim: https://www.miltonlim.com/
    culturecapital: https://www.culturecapital.cards/

    Bio:
    Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim are conceptual artists exploring urgent questions around the social value of art, digital labour, and the political potential of games. Mixing their backgrounds in performance, philosophy, psychology, and digital media, their collaborations have manifested in video games, participatory installations, digital archives, and card games. In addition to asses.masses, Patrick and Milton are also the co-founders of the Canadian national video archive of performance (videocan) and the co-creators behind a performing arts economy trading card game (culturecapital). Their projects have been presented across Canada, as well as in Argentina, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, in English, French, and Spanish.

    Cite this episode:
    Chicago Style

    Walters, Samantha. “Ass Power — with Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, April 9, 2024. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/239-patrick-blenkarn-milton-lim.html.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    FCAT After School: Clowning, Failing, and Re-enchanting the Everyday with June Fukumura

    FCAT After School: Clowning, Failing, and Re-enchanting the Everyday with June Fukumura

    This week, we’re sharing an episode from our friends at FCAT After School. FCAT After School is a podcast project led by student hosts from across SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology speaking with alumni about their career journey since graduation. You’ll hear stories of and advice for traditional and unconventional career paths across communication, interactive arts and technology, contemporary arts, publishing and digital media.

    What does it mean to fail and succeed at the same time? How can one offer joy as a form of activism? What is the purpose of comedy in 2024? In this episode, host Torien Cafferata explores these questions with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts alum June Fukumura, an interdisciplinary theatre artist, clown, and comedian.

    June has appeared on the Arts Club stage, in film and TV, and an award-winning Fringe Festival solo show. Together she and Torien explore how, in June’s line of work, failure is very much a form of success — and re-enchanting the everyday can happen both on and off the stage.

    To learn more about June’s work, check out her website: junefukumura.com or Instagram: @june.fukumura

    Find full episode transcripts and more info on FCAT After School: sfu.ca/fcat/news/podcast.html

    To learn more about SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Theatre & Performance BFA: sfu.ca/sca/programs/theatre-performance.html

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    Facebook: facebook.com/FCATatSFU

    • 36 min
    The Art of Love, Hypnosis, and AI — with Ania Malinowska

    The Art of Love, Hypnosis, and AI — with Ania Malinowska

    On this episode of Below the Radar, we’re joined by Ania Malinowska, hypnotherapist, cultural theorist and Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. We discuss Ania’s scholarly practice, love, and how Ania found herself being trained in hypnosis.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/238-ania-malinowska.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/238-ania-malinowska.html

    Resources:
    Ania Malinowska: https://aniamalinowska.com/
    The Unhappy Ending Project: https://unhappyendingproject.com/
    Hypnotic AI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhptkULpzkk
    Data Dating: https://www.datadating.online/
    Love in Contemporary Technoculture: https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/love-in-contemporary-technoculture/074FE883A89E836B494D581E7C74A3AB?fbclid=IwAR1Kw7BqgQ8sdCZRMmz80YHApzetCqdjg6h43Zoq3wT8Yt0SmB3GJcNH00A
    The Materiality of Love: https://www.routledge.com/The-Materiality-of-Love-Essays-on-Affection-and-Cultural-Practice/Malinowska-Gratzke/p/book/9780367886639

    Bio:
    Ania Malinowska is a cultural theorist, poet and author. She is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Institute of Culture Studies and Centre for Critical Technology Studies), and a former Senior Fulbright Fellow at The New School in New York. Malinowska’s work is associated with critical posthumanism and cultural semiotics, gathering approaches from media and cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy of technology, and digital humanities. Her critical writing focuses on technologically shaped love practices and emotional traditions under digitalism. A licensed hypnotist and an author of fiction and poetry, Malinowska is a proponent of textrapolation, a method of poetic experimentation based on intuitive assemblage she employs for her cutout and stamp poems.

    Cite this episode:
    Chicago Style

    Johal, Am. “The Art of Love, Hypnosis, and AI.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, March 26, 2024. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/238-ania-malinowska.html.

    • 49 min
    Community-Centred Curating — with Moroti George

    Community-Centred Curating — with Moroti George

    Curator, writer, and educator Moroti George joins our host Am Johal on this episode of Below the Radar. Moroti is the curator at The Black Arts Centre in Surrey, BC and the Director/Curator of Gallery Gachet in downtown Vancouver. Together, they chat about how Moroti became interested in the arts, their experience working in two different art spaces, and their approach to curating in Greater Vancouver.
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    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/237-moroti-george.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/237-moroti-george.html

    Resources:
    Gallery Gachet: https://gachet.org/
    Gallery Gachet’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallerygachet/
    The Black Arts Centre: https://theblackartscentre.ca/
    The Black Arts Centre’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theblackartscentre/
    See How We Run! Art as Agency, Autonomy and Community — with Demi London and Moroti George: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/series/see-how-we-run/229-art-as-agency-autonomy-and-community.html

    Bio:
    Olumoroti (MorotiI) Soji-George (he/they) is a curator, writer and educator based in Vancouver, BC. He is the curator at the Black Arts Centre in Surrey, BC and the Director/Curator of Gallery Gachet in downtown Vancouver.

    Olumoroti's curatorial practice primarily involves unravelling and demystifying the ways Blackness is embodied and codified in our shared milieu and conceptualizing the works of Black Contemporary artists and their contributions to the Black cultural lexicon and our understanding of the state of Blackness. His research and curatorial practice also involve envisioning accessible and community-centred art spaces and highlighting the stories of individuals and communities who construct new ways of being that challenge the Western status quo. At the core of his practice is the belief that space could be used to reflect the agency and lived experiences of individuals whose bodies and identities are not typically valued, respected and represented in traditional art and academic settings.

    Through an exploration of language, the archive, lens-based works, history and cultural theory, Olumoroti's curatorial practice is grounded in a passion for non-hierarchical epistemological production that could contribute to the creation of a pathway where new approaches to cultural production and the politics that fuel the ways different bodies perceive and understand the world could emerge.


    Cite this episode:
    Chicago Style

    Johal, Am. “Community-Centred Curating — with Moroti George .” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, March 12, 2024. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/237-moroti-george.html.

    • 43 min
    Glen Clark: Main Street vs. Howe Street — with Glen Clark

    Glen Clark: Main Street vs. Howe Street — with Glen Clark

    On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal is joined by Glen Clark, who was formerly premier of British Columbia, as well as president and chief operating officer of the Jim Pattison Group in Vancouver. Glen discusses his political career, from his time in labour movements to the legislative assembly, and further on to how he exited politics and got into working with corporate titan Jim Pattison.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/236-glen-clark.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/236-glen-clark.html

    Resources:
    Glen Clark 1996 Cabinet: https://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/reference/clarkcabinet.pdf
    The Jim Pattison Group: https://www.jimpattison.com/

    Bio:
    Glen Clark is a senior advisor to Rogers Communications and Tiny Ltd. Prior to that he was the President and COO of The Jim Pattison Group. Mr. Clark is also a member of the Board of Directors of Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation, an export terminal company and Tersa Earth, a small biotechnology startup. Prior to his corporate roles, Mr. Clark served as Premier of British Columbia, Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations, and Minister of Employment and Investment. Mr. Clark was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1986 to represent the constituency of Vancouver-East. In the 1991 and 1996 general elections, he was re-elected to represent the constituency of Vancouver-Kingsway. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.

    Cite this episode:
    Chicago Style

    Johal, Am. “Glen Clark: Main Street vs. Howe Street — with Glen Clark.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, March 5, 2024. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/236-glen-clark.html.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Radical Futurisms — with T.J. Demos

    Radical Futurisms — with T.J. Demos

    This week on Below the Radar, we are joined by T.J. Demos, Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. Together, they chat about TJ’s book, Radical Futurisms: Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come. They also discuss the question of climate justice in visual culture, green capitalism, and fossil fascism.

    Full episode details: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/235-tj-demos.html

    Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/transcripts/235-tj-demos.html

    Resources:
    T. J.'s website: https://tjdemos.sites.ucsc.edu
    Center for Creative Ecologies: https://creativeecologies.ucsc.edu
    Radical Futurisms: Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come: https://www.sternberg-press.com/product/radical-futurisms/
    Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today: :https://www.sternberg-press.com/product/against-the-anthropocene-visual-culture-and-environment-today/
    Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9783956790942/decolonizing-nature/
    T.J. Demos Essays: https://ucsc.academia.edu/TjDemos



    Bio:
    T. J. Demos is the Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz, and founding Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. Demos is the author of several books, including Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017); Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016); The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013) – winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award – and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). He recently co-edited The Routledge Companion on Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (2021), was a Getty Research Institute Fellow (Spring 2020), and directed the Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar research project Beyond the End of the World (2019-21). Demos was Chair and Chief Curator of the Climate Collective, providing public programming related to the 2021 Climate Emergency > Emergence program at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Maat) in Lisbon. His new book, Radical Futurisms: Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come, 2023, is now out from Sternberg Press.


    Cite this episode:
    Chicago Style

    Johal, Am. “Radical Futurisms — with T.J. Demos.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, February 27, 2024. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/235-tj-demos.html.

    • 48 min

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A great podcast that really does amplify ideas that we might not know of because they are 'below the radar'! Interviews are insightful and the guests are very unique and interesting.

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