F Newsmagazine's Jason Rodriguez (MFA 2022, Writing) and Darien Ridenour (BFA 2022) profile School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students, faculty, and alumni whose work revolves around a common theme.
SAIC Beat was created by Dustin Lowman (MFA 2020, Writing) and Luis Lopez Levi (MA 2020, New Arts Journalism).
Architecture is Human
In our one and only, extended cut episode of season 7, we talk with Architect Duo Dickenson and SAIC Professor Douglas Pancoast about the changing landscape of architecture in our society today. But it's not just about buildings. It's about us.
A peek inside Patient Info, the Ukrainian Village DIY Artist Space.
In the second episode of this season, we take a peek inside Patient Info—a DIY artist space here in Chicago that retains the structure of its former purpose: a doctor's office. To get a better understanding of the space and how its intact history converses with the work showcased in the venue, we sat down with MFA student and Director of Patient Info, Brian Jucas.
Patient Info Instagram: @patientinfo
Patient Info Website: patientinfo.club
SAIC BEAT Instagram: @saicbeat
Katherine Skwira-Brown's 'Porch Portal'—A Terrain Biennial Exhibition
In this two-part season, we speak with SAIC students working beyond the studio, outside the institute—After hours. Our first episode follows BFA student Katherine Skwira-Brown as she guides us through the complicated creation process of her Terrain Biennial exhibition piece, 'Porch Portal'.
Katherine’s Instagram: @katskiraart
SAIC BEAT Instagram: @saicbeat
Terrain Biannual website: https://terrainexhibitions.org
S05E02 - Shawné Michaelain Holloway on sexuality and power structures in the arts
After exploring the history of SAIC's first dormitory as a former Playboy mansion, we had a lot of questions about how to talk about sex and sex work in the institutional space. So, in this follow-up episode, we speak with Shawné Michaelain Holloway, an SAIC professor and alum who recently taught a course titled "Sex and Gender in New Media." A large part of Shawné's instruction involves a critical engagement with existing ideas of sex and gender, so we asked her to share her observations about how these conversations have evolved over the years.
For more information about Shawné's creative and educational practice, visit http://www.shawnemichaelainholloway.com/
S05E01 - Why did SAIC students live in a former Playboy mansion?
In this two-part season, we’ll explore how conversations about sex, gender, and sex work have evolved at SAIC over the years. Our first episode recounts the story of SAIC’s first residence hall — the original Playboy mansion — and poses some of the questions we can ask now, as artists and students.
S04E03 - Sami Ismat on the consequences of whistleblowing
When the U.S. put sanctions on Syria in December of 2019, Sami Ismat (MFA 2020) questioned this sequence of events through a performance that brought participants into the mind of a whistleblower. In this final episode of Season 4, Sami explains why exposing injustice is not always foolproof.