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Conversations with artists, collectors, and professionals shaping the past, present, and future of art and technology.

Art and Obsolescence Ben Fino-Radin

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Conversations with artists, collectors, and professionals shaping the past, present, and future of art and technology.

    Revisiting our conversation with Pip Laurenson

    Revisiting our conversation with Pip Laurenson

    This week we are revisiting our very first-ever episode, featuring one of the time-based media conservation field's foundational thinkers: Pip Laurenson, head of collections care reasearch at the Tate. Tune in to hear how a philosopher-turned stone sculpture conservator went on to become one of the most inflential conservators in time-based media art.

    Links from the conversation with Pip
    > Authenticity, Change and Loss in the Conservation of Time-Based Media Installations: https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/06/authenticity-change-and-loss-conservation-of-time-based-media-installations
    > The Management of Display Equipment in Time-based Media Installations:
    https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/03/the-management-of-display-equipment-in-time-based-media-installations
    > Reshaping the Collectible: https://www.tate.org.uk/research/reshaping-the-collectible

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    • 31 min
    Episode 037: Lauren Cornell

    Episode 037: Lauren Cornell

    This week on the show we’re visiting with Lauren Cornell, chief curator at the Hessel Museum and director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard college. As a curator at Bard, the New Museum, Rhizome and beyond, Lauren has had a life-long dedication to time-based media art; as well as a passion for growing, shaping, and building arts institutions. Tune in to hear Lauren’s story, and the incredible exhibitions she has in store at Bard this summer.

    Links from the conversation with Lauren
    > Dara Birnbaum: Reaction https://ccs.bard.edu/museum/exhibitions/695-dara-birnbaum-reaction
    > Martine Syms: Grio College https://ccs.bard.edu/museum/exhibitions/696-martine-syms-grio-college
    > Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/mass-effect

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    • 45 min
    Episode 036: Meriem Bennani

    Episode 036: Meriem Bennani

    This week we’re visiting with artist Meriem Bennani – by popular demand! Meriem has been one of the most requested guests, and is a personal favorite, so we simply had to have her on the show. Meriem effortlessly weaves cartoonish slapstick humor into her videos and animations, even when she is taking on dead serious topics. Her work is accessible and inviting, and her work is equally at home on social media platforms as it is in major museum collections. In recent year’s Meriem’s work has grown in scale, developing into quite complex and ambitious site-specific installations. Tune in to hear the story of Meriem’s evolution as an artist, and a generous behind-the-scenes glimpse into her process and practice.

    Links from the conversation with Meriem
    > http://meriembennani.com
    > Two Lizards: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/meriem-bennani-2-lizards-1839054
    > Life on the Caps @ The Stoschek Collection: https://www.jsc.art/exhibitions/meriem-bennani/

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    • 38 min
    Episode 035: Richard Bloes

    Episode 035: Richard Bloes

    This week we’re visiting with someone who quite possibly has the longest running career in installing and maintaining time based media art installations. Richard Bloes has served as an AV technician at the Whitney Museum of American art for over 41 years, and has accrued an incomparable wealth of knowledge. If there is a potential way for an artwork to malfunction, break or be installed incorrectly Richard has seen it and probably knows how to fix it. In addition to the hard earned lessons won over many decades of collaborating directly with incredible roster of artists, Richard is also an artist himself and has maintained practice over the years that has unquestionably enriched and supported his work as a technician who has devoted his entire professional career in the service of other artists intentions and vision. This week’s episode is full of charming anecdotes and terrifying stories of the hard realities of collecting exhibiting and conserving time-based media art.

    Links from the conversation with Richard
    > V-yramid: https://whitney.org/collection/works/5459
    > Magnet TV: https://whitney.org/collection/works/6139
    > Fin de Siecle II: https://whitney.org/collection/works/8532
    > Earl Reiback: https://whitney.org/artists/1080

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    • 31 min
    Episode 034: WangShui

    Episode 034: WangShui

    This week on the show we’re visiting with brilliant artist WangShui, whose work prominently featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial is very much a continuation of their introspection and exploration of post-humanism, trans identity, and human/machine collaboration – in the form of etchings and paintings on aluminum performed in collaboration with a carefully cultivated AI collaborator, and a real-time, generative, interwoven LED mesh and screen-based video piece.  In this chat we not only dive deeply into the juicy technical and material details of WangShui’s work, but also hear their very personal origin story as an artist.

    Links from the conversation with WangShui
    > https://www.wangshui.co
    > From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances: https://youtu.be/HpiXEDJ_1YU
    > The 2022 Whitney Biennial: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/2022-biennial?section=60#exhibition-artworks

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    • 37 min
    Episode 033: Emma Dickson

    Episode 033: Emma Dickson

    This week on the show we’re visiting with conservation technician, software developer, hardware hacker, and artist Emma Dickson, who you may recall as the guest host of Episode 010 with Shu Lea Cheang. Ever since their first foray into the field working to analyze and restore Shu-Lea’s legendary net art piece Brandon at the Guggenheim as part of their Conservation of Computer Based Art initiative, Emma has gone on to do great work with an impressive CV as a professional software developer, and conservation technician. Tune in to hear Emma’s story!
    Footnote
    For the two Guggenheim projects mentioned in the episode, Emma wanted to note the project teams. For Brandon: Joanna Phillips, Deena Engel, Jonathan Farbowitz and Jillian Zhong; and For Net.flag: Agathe Jarczyk, Deena Engel and Jonathan Farbowitz.

    Links from the conversation with Emma
    > https://emmadickson.info/
    > https://news.artnet.com/art-world/guggenheim-brandon-digital-art-962129

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

virtually_emily ,

brilliantly curated conversations

I considered quitting my job to enroll in a degree program more narrowly focused on how time-based media is approached in other institutions, but this podcast became the source of everything I really need to know — and saved me at least 40k in additional student debt.

Jon Ippolito ,

Valuable for professionals as well as newcomers to the field

These high-quality podcasts feature conservators, curators, artists, and other professionals who've made—or are poised to make—a difference in preserving new media artworks. The art world can be a mysterious place to outsiders, but these conversations illuminate the many paths that can lead to a role in media conservation. They also bring to light the fascinating conundrums faced by a modern conservator, as well as the many urgent reasons we need more of them.

internetalien444 ,

Interesting and engaging conversations

I love having the opportunity to hear Ben and his guests dive deep on the complexities of these pieces!

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