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Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.

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    • 4.5 • 85 Ratings

Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.

    Bad at Sports Episode 809: Ox-Bow Dreams with John Rossi and Mac Akin

    Bad at Sports Episode 809: Ox-Bow Dreams with John Rossi and Mac Akin

    This week, a little nod to the Lore is Ness sector of our collective imaginary as John Rossi and Mac Akin join Jesse in a conversation about their practices, their lives at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI and their intersects. Through a meandering exploration of the psychic and physical, we learn more about the folk horror legend of the Prickerman, the strange shibboleths of souphead and some of what it takes to make and maintain a community of openness and improvisation. 
     
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    @miwolf156

    • 56 min
    Bad at Sports Episode 808: Naomi Potter and a Portrait of Calgary

    Bad at Sports Episode 808: Naomi Potter and a Portrait of Calgary

    In this episode Duncan reaches out to Naomi Potter and the Esker Foundation to curate a series of conversations, in the hopes of evolving a portrait of the future of Calgary’s contemporary art world.
    It is an idea about investigating places though conversations with artists. As though, through a series of conversations with sensitive and emblematic makers we could come to a greater understanding of a context, not just artistic practices.
    It is kind of an experiment.
    The Esker Foundation is Calgary’s and one of Canada’s premier contemporary art venues, and an incredibly unique Canadian investigation into alternative arts funding and philanthropic artistic support thanks to arts patron, Jim Hill. We did a show about it. 
    Here is a link...
    https://badatsports.com/2019/episode-695-naomi-potter-and-the-esker-foundation/

    • 53 min
    Bad at Sports Episode 807: Laura Letinsky

    Bad at Sports Episode 807: Laura Letinsky

    Is it ever possible to escape the language that contains us? Or find joy while subverting myths? Laura Letinsky breaks down her practice in photography and ceramics with Ryan and Brian on this week's Bad at Sports.
     
     

    • 55 min
    Bad at Sports Episode 806: Nick Cave!

    Bad at Sports Episode 806: Nick Cave!

    This week Nick Cave chats with Brian and Ryan about his career-spanning survey exhibition Forothermore at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Cave shares his process conceiving of his dazzling soundsuits and sculptures, as well as how to find exuberance in resistance and activism within a work of art.

    • 49 min
    Bad at Sports Episode 805: Maryam Taghavi

    Bad at Sports Episode 805: Maryam Taghavi

    This week Maryam Taghavi casts a spell over Brian and Duncan. Will they recover? We don't know. What we know is this... Taghavi plays and pulls codes at the edge of beauty and language. What about languages beyond languages? In her work she uses and recreates a language of the occult practices derived from Islamic mysticism. Her sigils promise to evoke real and active metaphysical powers. These forms become channels, lovely and beyond form itself – concept to volition, presence to absence. The works are a wish invoked. The conversation a wish fulfilled. Will Brian and Duncan ever be the same?
     
    https://www.maryamtaghavi.com/
    https://artadia.org/

    • 54 min
    Bad at Sports Episode 804: Azadeh Gholizadeh

    Bad at Sports Episode 804: Azadeh Gholizadeh

    The Bad at Sports crew is joined by Azadeh Gholizadeh. Her works explore the body, landscape, and the fragmentation of memory. Her works use weaving and needle work to generate and worry her images and objects. The works call to mind a powerful connection to place and dismantle that connection through a glitchy digital memory and build towards a reassembled experience. Azadeh Gholizadeh is a Chicago-based artist and educator, and a 2022 Artadia awardee.
     
    https://www.azadehgholizadeh.com/
    https://artadia.org/
     

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

RealArtNerd ,

Essential For Art World Folk!

Bad at Sports is ambitious in the range of art world folk they dialogue with and thus there are some highs and lows. However, the highs are worth any amount of getting lost in art speak (note: if you are not familiar with the art world this may be a difficult place to start, but you can still certainly learn a lot if you stick with it), or the ramblings that do eventually lead to wonderful insights. Only a 4 out of 5 for the inaccessibility for some. However, as an MA student in CHI this is ESSENTIAL LISTENING for my daily life and these folks are fascinating, bring on engaging guests, and push the conversation of art and society where it needs to go. Also, congratulations on Say It While You Mean It (their book in collaboration with Open Engagement).

canesuga ,

Show has potential. Host underprepared.

Interesting, smart and eloquent guests. The podcast has a lot of potential but the hosts are underprepared. They will not introduce the guests properly and don’t appear to do basic research about their guests (who they are, where they are showing, when, etc.) They are disrupting interesting conversations with unnecessary comments (ie. go on tinder and find a date to go see this exhibition with/ this is a good show to hook up in), which show lack of preparedness. Dana will ask an open ended question to then interrupt the artist in the middle of their answer for a commercial break. The podcast has a lot of potential, but host needs research, notes and to reduce unnecessary art jargon that deviates from the artist’s intention.

Larrylarrylary ,

Best podcast on the subject of art.

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