In Season 2 of Make/Work (beginning with Episode 38), Scott Pinkmountain will speak with artists and activists about how they are responding to the new administration and the role that art and creativity can play in resistance. The show will seek to primarily amplify the voices and work of those being targeted and attacked by this administration.
In Season 1 of Make/Work (Episodes 1-37), Pinkmountain spoke with people working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, how they maintain their work over the long term. Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice.
Episode #40: Kate Schatz
In Episode 40 of Make/Work, host speaks with writer and activist Kate Schatz, author of the New York Times bestselling and , which she did in collaboration with illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl. Schatz is also one of the founders of the nationwide feminist resistance network , which she started with Leslie Dotson Van Every and Jennye Garibaldi, and which has grown from a house party back in early 2016 to over one hundred chapters with more than eighteen thousand Facebook members. Likely, you know her for both of those things.
Episode #39: Dorian Wood
is a musician, vocalist, and experimental performer. Much of Wood’s music and performance is an intensely visceral celebration and embrace of the body, often his own, which he fearlessly exposes while rendering gorgeous and virtuosic melodies. The effect is a powerful and intimate expression of his singular beauty that simultaneously reveals the more universal beauty of each of us as individuals. Pinkmountain and Wood discuss the impact of the election on a personal level and Wood’s reluctance to directly address political matters through his creative work. Wood points out bluntly that as a self-identified “overweight, queer person of color,” being singled out and antagonized by those in power is not exactly a new experience. Photograph © Pablo Almansa.
Episode #38: Beth Pickens
is an LA-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. Pickens’s background is in Counseling Psychology and she applies those skills to her work, specializing in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color. After the election Pickens wrote the how-to guide—Making Art During Fascism—and started running a free weekly drop-in workshop at the in LA. The workshop recently finished up, but Pickens is expanding the pamphlet into a book, which will be published by as part of the Feminist Survival Series that author is editing. Photograph © Tammy Rae Carland.
Episode #37: Melody Parker
Melody Parker composes intricate chamber songs, and is her imaginative debut record. It invites the listener to inhabit an otherworldly place and time, yet it evokes the familiar as much as the fantastical. She has created these songs with mourning and celebration for this watery home we know—and for the paradoxical richness of our experience within it. *** Photograph of Melody Parker © Andria Lo.
Episode 36: Abeer Hoque
Author and photographer Abeer Hoque lives in New York, has Bangladeshi roots, was born and raised in Nigeria, and identifies home in several different places. She captures this kind of simultaneous global existence beautifully in her new collection of linked short stories, The Lovers and The Leavers, which was recently published by HarperCollins India.
Episode 35: Dru Farro
Scholar Dru Farro is currently finishing his PhD at the Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism in London, Ontario. He is also the Chief Deputy Editor of the journal , and head administrator of the blog . Farro talks with Pinkmountain about his role on the fringes of academia, his deeply ingrained American reluctance to seek medical attention, his eventual and abstract creative goals, and lots of Faulkner with some highfalutin references to someone named “.”
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Through a series of interviews with a wide variety of artists, Scott Pinkmountain creates a dynamic three dimensional understanding of why/how it takes to survive as a creative maker/human being. His curiosity driven, conversational style is sincere and thoughtful as he elicits intriguing personal narratives from the artists with whom he speaks. Make/Work is like 'Here's the Thing' but better - there's no celebrity, fame or fortune that separates the listener from Scott Pinkmountain and his guests. Consider binge listening !