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Gabriele Finaldi: how do you run an art institution in a pandemic?
Robert Bound speaks to Gabriele Finaldi, the director of London’s National Gallery, about the obstacles in the past year and what they have taught him. Plus: the gallery’s plans for its bicentenary celebrations and the pieces of art that he visits the most when he wanders the building alone.
The Power of Sound: Arlo Parks
As she releases her debut album, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ the London-based singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks reflects on how she defines her sound. She tells us about the music and poetry she was brought up on, why certain instruments speak to her and the effect that the spoken word has on her music.
Adam Curtis’s ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’
Is documentary-maker Adam Curtis a journalist or an artist? Who is he making films for and what does he want to teach them? As his new series, ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ hits BBC iPlayer, Robert Bound puts these questions to critics, Ed Cumming and Susannah Butter.
The Power of Sound: Roderick Cox
Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2011, award-winning American conductor Roderick Cox has become a celebrated name in classical music. He served as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for three seasons before relocating to Berlin, where he is now based. He is also a champion of diversity in the industry and set up the Roderick Cox Music Initiative to help provide scholarships for young musicians of colour from underrepresented backgrounds. In this episode, Cox tells us what it is like to take to the podium and lead an orchestra: from thinking about the acoustics of a concert hall to the addictive feeling you get when you’re hit by the sound of a large ensemble. Cox discusses the works that drew him to conducting; why he needs more life experience before he tackles certain composers; and the power that music has to teach us about other cultures.
Iceland’s art scene
While many galleries and museums are still closed across Europe, we head to Iceland – where coronavirus cases are low, arts centres are open and the government’s interest in visual art is growing – to see how the past year has affected its scene. Kimberly Bradley meets various artists, directors and designers, including Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir at the opening of her new show, to talk about Iceland’s art history and its future.
The Power of Sound: Ben and Max Ringham
Brothers Ben and Max Ringham are known for their immersive, 3D sound design for theatre shows such as ‘Blindness’ at the Donmar Warehouse last year, and ‘Anna’ at the National Theatre. They tell us about the power of binaural sound, how it can transport an audience through different scenes, and how they use everyday objects to build up sonic atmospheres.