The Digital Salon is a podcast series and a multi-media blog meditating on the theme of the PORTAL produced by the alumni and affiliated practitioners of UCLA’s Urban Humanities Initiative. In our pilot season, we respond to Arundhati Roy’s provocation in saying that the “pandemic is a portal.” As the pandemic fractures the cities we study, live in and love, alumni (and friends) fabulate responses that draw on the practices we call urban humanities. Through readings, soundwalks, audio-collages, interviews and more, we seek out the openings, fissures and apertures within the pandemic. digitalsalonpodcast.org
"Who is the We in Diaspora?"
And for our 12th episode, Dr. Jonathan Jae-an Crisman, Assistant Professor of Public and Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona and a founding faculty of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative composes a sonic exploration of Asian American and diasporic collective identity through a chorus of sixteen different voices, recorded shortly after the Atlanta shootings of six Asian spa workers.
Sankofa: Black Healing Matters
And for our 11th episode, UHI alumni and Urban Planning Master’s student Eliza Franklin explores the Black Matrix Collective, reimagining the ways in which Black Folx attain their higher self through internal and external healing.
And for our 10th episode, Bangkok-based interior architect, researcher and bread baker, Marta Kwiczała casts a collective of home bread-makers that emerged in the Covid-19 pandemic, in, as she calls it, a story of bread in three acts.
And for our 9th episode, Ana Maria Alvarez, founding artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater and 2020 Doris Duke Artist weaves a sonic tale about family-ing as a verb, tuning us into unrevealed practices of kinship that link us through a DNA of care.
Imagining Spatial Collectivity within UCLA Arts
And for our 8th episode, UHI alumi and PhD student of World Arts and Cultures and Dance at UCLA Lili Flores Raygoza and Roya Chagnon, Master student in Architecture at UCLA, investigate the potential for collective knowledge production through the creation of a Knowledge Center in the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.
My Commute is Home
For our 7th episode, UHI alum and PhD student of Urban Planning at UCLA, Gus Wendel explores the state of the UCLA student commute to and from campus.