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The 'Artist Statement' podcast is a conversation series featuring artists and thinkers from the world of AQNB, a London and Los Angeles-based editorial platform working between visual art, music and critical thinking. Join Editor Steph Kretowicz and Associate Ed. Jared Davis in conversation with experimental practitioners that resist classification, paying close attention to the discursive changes brought on by developments in technology and communication.

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The 'Artist Statement' podcast is a conversation series featuring artists and thinkers from the world of AQNB, a London and Los Angeles-based editorial platform working between visual art, music and critical thinking. Join Editor Steph Kretowicz and Associate Ed. Jared Davis in conversation with experimental practitioners that resist classification, paying close attention to the discursive changes brought on by developments in technology and communication.

    Episode 35: Changing the Narrative with Isabel Waidner (Teaser)

    Episode 35: Changing the Narrative with Isabel Waidner (Teaser)

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    In this episode Jared talks with Isabel Waidner, a writer and novelist whose fiction work incorporates elements of the surreal to develop thoughtful, critical and funny readings into class politics, race, and queer life in the UK.

    Moving to London from Germany in the mid-nineties, Isabel is the author of three novels, and presents This Isn’t a Dream, an online conversation series with writers hosted by London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. They teach creative writing and performance at Queen Mary University of London, and their most recent book, Sterling Karat Gold, published by Peninsula Press earlier in the year, was the winner of the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize.

    • 3 min
    Episode 34: Feeding the Beast with Sam Rolfes (Teaser)

    Episode 34: Feeding the Beast with Sam Rolfes (Teaser)

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    In this episode Steph speaks with Sam Rolfes, a self-described digital performance artist and designer working with sound, animation and the internet. Often collaborating with his brother Andy as Team Rolfes, Sam’s worked with such big names as Lady Gaga, Danny Elfman and Rihanna, while presenting his solo real-time 3D improvisations and other collaborations with the likes of House of Kenzo, Rabit, Danny L Harle, Kai Whiston and many, many more. 
     
    Born in Dallas, educated in Chicago and now based in New York, Sam started in painting before pivoting into the smart, noisy and raucous mixed format art that’s made him a highly sought-after artist and designer across scenes, fields and industries. Sam’s work is both entertaining and alluring, while having a hard edge of humour and criticality that’s revealed through a rough-edged digital aesthetic that’s aware of its own artifice. 

    • 5 min
    Episode 33: Blowing Up with umru (Teaser)

    Episode 33: Blowing Up with umru (Teaser)

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    In this episode Steph speaks with Umru Rothenberg. Mostly known by the mononym umru, the producer is one of a younger generation of so-called SoundCloud artists signed to A.G. Cook’s PC Music label, as well as a reluctant representative of the too broad and indeterminate musical catchall referred to as “hyperpop”. The scene includes peers like 100 Gecs, Petal Supply, himera, Fraxiom, Dorian Electra, the list goes on.
    Based in New York with Estonian roots, umru recently dropped single ‘check 1’ from a forthcoming EP that features vocals by 645AR and Tallinn-born emcee Tommy Cash. The music presents a more song-oriented approach to his usual maximal EDM experimentation. At 22-years-old umru has already worked with Charli XCX and had a credit on a Diplo track, he co-runs design firm Parent Company which also organises Open Pit’s Minecraft music festivals.

    • 3 min
    Episode 32: Conscious Environments with Jenna Sutela (Teaser)

    Episode 32: Conscious Environments with Jenna Sutela (Teaser)

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    In this episode Jared speaks with Jenna Sutela, an artist whose audiovisual work incorporates language, sound and living matter to investigate sociality, technology and our interconnectedness with the wider environment. 

    Originally from Finland and now based in Berlin, Jenna’s work has been shown at the likes of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art, and Serpentine Galleries in London. She has also released an LP in 2019 via Berlin’s PAN.

    • 3 min
    Episode 31: The Aesthetics of Evil with Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya (Teaser)

    Episode 31: The Aesthetics of Evil with Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya (Teaser)

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    In this episode Steph speaks with Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya, an interdisciplinary artist whose hybrid sculptures evoke a monstrous tactility and sense of dreadful fascination, while echoing the Aztec mythology of shapeshifting beings called Nahuales. Not quite human and not quite animal, these phantoms can move with a freedom often not afforded the Latinx migrant communities that inhabit the same desert along the Rio Grande.
    Born in Mexico’s Parral, Chihuahua and raised at the Mexico-United States border of Juárez–El Paso, Montoya’s cosmology absorbs the memories and information embedded in the weathered human refuse of the desert, which the artists collects, repurposes and reanimates with the narratives of their own friends, experiences and traumas.

    • 4 min
    Episode 23: (Unlocked!) Working Systems with Holly Childs

    Episode 23: (Unlocked!) Working Systems with Holly Childs

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    In this episode Steph speaks with Holly Childs, an interdisciplinary writer and artist whose elaborate creative cosmology filters “stories of computation through frames of ecology, earth, memory, poetry and light.”
     
    Graduating Amsterdam’s Sandberg Instituut in 2019, Holly has worked across a spectrum of fields and forms, publishing two experimental novels in 2014, with a third due for release in 2021. What Causes Flowers Not to Bloom? will be an extension of Holly's Hydrangea performance series and album collaboration with Lithuanian producer Gediminas Žygus, which is partly inspired by her time as part of Benjamin Bratton’s The New Normal postgraduate program at Strelka Institute in Moscow.

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