Spill Radio is a weekly podcast that anticipates, extends and enriches the themes of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s exhibition Spill, and is presented in collaboration with CiTR 101.9 FM. Interviews, performances and field recordings offer insight into artistic processes engaged with the environment, extraction and embodied performance.
An Afterword by Tatiana Mellema
For the final episode of Spill Radio Tatiana Mellema discusses the development of the program, and thanks all of those who have supported the project. Throughout the recording of Spill Radio conversations on climate change and the ongoing threat to our coastal lands and waters have been reverberating, while real action in the streets has been rising. Reflecting on the terms of the radio conversations Mellema ends by posing a series of questions to our art institutions.
Anne Riley and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss in conversation with Guadalupe Martinez
As part of Spill Response artists Anne Riley and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss spoke with Guadalupe Martinez on October 20, 2019 at the Belkin Art Gallery about their collaborative practice and public artwork A Constellation of Remediation (2018-). This project includes the planting of Indigenous Remediation Gardens on vacant lots on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. The intent is to clean toxins in the soil found at contaminated spaces and to facilitate the process for communities to heal and repair these constellations points together. This episode includes soundscapes recorded by Yasmine Whaley-Kalaora at the UBC Farm that in 2008 faced uncertainty in its land security due to the ongoing construction of market housing on campus.
Maria Thereza Alves Artist Talk
This episode includes an excerpt from Maria Thereza Alves' artist talk presented at SFU Galleries in collaboration with the City of Vancouver Public Art Program during Spill Response. Alves speaks about her project Um Vazio Pleno/A Full Void developed for Frestas Trienal 2017 that is an attempt to question the denial of the Indigenous presence in the history of the making of Sorocaba which states that one man founded the city. Since the 1980s Alves has produced a body of work that investigates the circumstances of specific localities in order to give witness to silenced histories. Her work proceeds through a process of dialogue facilitated by direct involvement in material, environmental and social circumstances, engaging spaces of agency and visibility.
Jay White's Walk the Line
As part of Spill Response the artist Jay White organized a guided walk on October 18, 2019 with poet Rita Wong, streamkeeper John Preissl, and Jim Leyden along the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline, noting the streams and rivers affected by proposed and ongoing construction.Their work is part of the grassroots collective Mountain Protectors that includes elders and volunteers who strive to uphold the natural laws of the land by monitoring the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. They are based out of and around, Kwekwecnewtxw, the traditional Coast Salish Watch House on Burnaby Mountain, and they constitute a vigilant presence on the Mountain motivated by a decolonial ethos that recognizes our shared responsibility to the lands and waters we live on and around. (Photo: Rachel Topham)
Nelly César's Lxs artistas del fin del mundx
Nelly César's performative lecture "Lxs artistas del fin del mundx" consists of four performative stories dislocated in the interstices of the wounds of Mexico City. They are designed as an attempt to affectively channel critical standpoints of reactionary social manifestations that redefine territories, social practices, ontological turning points and affective transmutations--as living proposals of expanded realities in the here and now. This performance was originally presented at the Belkin on October 15, 2019 as part of Spill Response, and features a letter written by artist Valentina Jager for Prras! Public letter for women in the arts 2019 and a performative interpretation of the text Cuerpo y Perreo: Gata Fiera written by Ameisin Clicka about the Gata Fiera event in September 2018. (Photo: Rachel Topham)
T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Anne Riley in conversation with Bopha Chhay
This interview with artists T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Anne Riley was recorded by Bopha Chhay Director/Curator of Artspeak for Artspeak Radio Digest, and originally aired on CFRO 100.5FM in 2018. In this conversation Wyss and Riley speak to Chhay about their collaborative project Soundtrack for The Radical Love of Butterflies a cassette edition that they released on August 4th 2018 in Mike MacDonald’s Butterfly Garden at the Walter Phillips Gallery, which consists of interviews and songs with Indigenous womxn and 2spirits who have started social justice groups and whose work remediates the various systems they work in.