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The art world and associated market are famously opaque and can at times be exclusive. Berlin based gallery director and educator Michael Dooney speaks with artists, curators and other professionals who share their personal experiences of this unique field. If you have ever felt unsure about walking into a gallery, wish to understand more about creativity or better understand how this complex industry works, then tune in every second Monday to hear the insightful conversations with these inspiring individuals.

Subtext & Discourse | Art World Podcast Michael Dooney

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The art world and associated market are famously opaque and can at times be exclusive. Berlin based gallery director and educator Michael Dooney speaks with artists, curators and other professionals who share their personal experiences of this unique field. If you have ever felt unsure about walking into a gallery, wish to understand more about creativity or better understand how this complex industry works, then tune in every second Monday to hear the insightful conversations with these inspiring individuals.

    Michael Barnett, ArtyGent | EP45 Subtext & Discourse

    Michael Barnett, ArtyGent | EP45 Subtext & Discourse

    Michael Barnett is the art features writer for STATE-F22 magazine and special projects lead at Arts Bermondsey Project Space Gallery SE1. Cultural live interviewer for private views and events. Salon organiser for ARTPARTY & KARMA BASEMENT. Radio & TV work and Curator Exhibitions at Sea Spirit of Discovery Saga.
    Interview with Michael Barnett recorded by Michael Dooney on 2. November 2021 in London, UK.
     
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    Michael Barnett
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-barnett-8b87a52b/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artygent/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtyGent

    STATE-F22 MagazineOfficial: https://www.state-media.com/

    Arts Bermondsey Project Space Gallery
    Official: https://project-space.london/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artbermondseyprojectspace
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bprojectspace
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bprojectspace/

    Michael DooneyOfficial: http://www.michaeldooney.net/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaeldooney_
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michaeldooney/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeldooney/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MichaelDooney

    Subtext & Discourse Podcast
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    JARVIS DOONEY Galerie
    Official: http://www.jarvisdooney.com/
    Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/partner/jarvis-dooney
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jarvisdooney/

    • 47 min
    Kerem Asfuroglu, lighting designer & graphic artist | EP44 Subtext & Discourse

    Kerem Asfuroglu, lighting designer & graphic artist | EP44 Subtext & Discourse

    Kerem Asfuroglu is a lighting designer, graphic artist and the founder of Dark Source - a lighting design studio driven by social and environmental values.
    Following his graduation from Wismar University - Architectural Lighting Design MA in 2010, Asfuroglu has worked at Speirs+Major as a senior member of the creative team for almost 8 years. He worked on a diverse range of projects which include Battersea Power Station and Covent Garden Masterplans, Shakespeare's New Place, Medius House and City Point.
    He won several awards including Red Dot, Vox Juventa, PLDC, LAMP and Future of Urban Lighting. He was awarded with the title of Dark Sky Defender by the IDA in 2017 for his works advocating the importance of darkness. He currently works on the Presteigne Dark Sky Masterplan in Wales. His graphic art has been commissioned by Penguin Random House, British Astronomical Association and published in Arc Magazine since 2013.
    Interview with Kerem Asfuroglu recorded by Michael Dooney on 2. November 2021 in Hyde Park, London.
     
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    Kerem AsfurogluOfficial: https://www.dark-source.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerem-ali-asfuroglu-24808914/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darksourced/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/keremasfuroglu

    The Vessel, GambiaInterview in ARC Magazine
    [d]arc room Live: Kerem Asfuroglu and Odiri Ighamre: Dark Source/The Vessel UK (YouTube)

    • 47 min
    Saul Robbins, photographer & educator | EP43 Subtext & Discourse

    Saul Robbins, photographer & educator | EP43 Subtext & Discourse

    Saul Robbins is interested in the ways people interact within their surroundings and the psychological dynamics of intimacy. His photographs are motivated by observations of human behaviour and personal experience, especially those related to loss, unity, failure, and the latent potential residing in traditional photographic materials and personal history. Robbins is best known for “Initial Intake”, which examines the empty chairs of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from their clients’ perspective; “How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue”, a pop-up office into which he invites strangers to speak with him about anything they wish for free and in complete confidence. Robbins is also the father of a young boy and since 2012 has created several series of abstract “photographic drawings” and sculptures made from physically altered chromogenic paper and chemistry in response to his desire and struggles to start a family, including: “Where’s My Happy Ending?;” “Chemical Peels;” “Fertile Gestures;” and a new series of traditional photographs.
    Exhibitions include The Bolinas Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, Busters, Deutsche Haus at NYU, chashama (Windows Installation), Griffin Museum, Humble Arts, ICP, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, Lilac Arts, MASQUELIBROS Artist Book Fair, Lilac Arts, Massachusetts General Hospital, MICA, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ost Gallery, Moscow, Pelican Bomb, Portland Art Museum, The Educational Alliance, Philoctetes Center, Skirball Center, Mark Woolley Gallery, White Gallery (PSU), and others. His photographs have been published in Aufbau, Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Quarterly, D - La Repubblica, Dummy, More, The New York Times, Real Simple, TAM, and Wired, among others.
    Grants and awards include The Covenant Foundation Ignition Grant, Sony World Photography Awards (Finalist), U.S. Embassy, Tblisi, GE, AJPA Rockower, Gunk Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Curatorial projects include Intervening Histories, OFF_Festival, Bratislava (2015), Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010), Regarding Intimacy (2007), and No Live Girls, Peep Show 28 (2002). Robbins was awarded a NICA Stipendium from Berlin's Hoch Schule der Kunste in 1998, and received his MFA from Hunter College (CUNY) in 1999, where he studied with Roy DeCarava, Mark Feldstein, Juan Sanchez, and Thomas Weaver. He teaches photography in New York City and has been leading Master Workshops internationally, helping photographers and artists to incorporate communication and professional development strategies into their creative practice.



    Interview with Saul Robbins recorded by Michael Dooney on 14. May 2021 between Berlin and New York via Squadcast.
    Portrait photo by Matthew J. Bernuca
     
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    Saul Robbins
    Official: https://www.saulrobbins.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Saul.Robbins/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saulrobbins/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saulrobbins/

    • 1 hr
    Jessica Backhaus, artist & photographer | EP42 Subtext & Discourse

    Jessica Backhaus, artist & photographer | EP42 Subtext & Discourse

    Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisele Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.
    Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, MARTa Herford and the Kunsthalle Erfurt. To date, she has ten publications to her name; Jesus and the Cherries, 2005, What Still Remains, 2008, One Day in November, 2008, I Wanted to See the World, 2010, One day – 10 photographers, 2010, Once, still and forever, 2012, Six degrees of freedom, 2015, A TRILOGY, 2017, Far away but close, 2019 and Cut Outs, 2021. All books are published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg except Far away but close that was published by Another Place Press, Scotland.Her work is also featured in the book: Women Photographers by Boris Friedewald (Prestel Verlag 2014 and 2018).
    Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Taunus Sparkasse, Germany, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA.
    Jessica Backhaus is represented by Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin, Galerie Anja Knoess in Cologne, Petra Becker/ International Art Bridge in Meggen, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, MiCamera Gallery in Milan, Carlos Carvalho ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA in Lisbon and Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery in Amsterdam.
    Interview with Jessica Backhaus recorded by Michael Dooney on 21. May 2021 in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
     
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    Jessica Backhaus
    Official: http://jessicabackhaus.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessica_backhaus/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessicabackhaus70

    Cut Outs
    Photo book from Kehrer Verlag
    The Eye Sees, Arles with Robert Morat
    PHOTO LONDON with Robert Morat
    PHOTO BASEL with Robert Morat
    PARIS PHOTOParis Photo with Robert Morat
    Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
    Elles x Paris Photo 2021 curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Valerie von Meiss, founder of The Curve | EP41 Subtext & Discourse

    Valerie von Meiss, founder of The Curve | EP41 Subtext & Discourse

    Valerie von Meiss is the founder of The Curve a private project space and nomadic gallery in Berlin which has a focus on contemporary collage.
    the Curve is a private art space and nomadic gallery exclusively dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary collage art. Young emerging as well as established artists are given a platform here. Founded 2017 in the hallway of a private apartment in Berlin Mitte, the Curve regularly takes over pop-up spaces and believes in collaborations beyond the traditional gallery landscape.
    Interview with Valerie von Meiss recorded by Michael Dooney on 11. June 2021 at The Curve, Berlin.
     
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    The CurveOfficial: https://thecurveberlin.com/ (scroll down for newsletter subscription)
    Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/partner/the-curve-berlin
    Berlin Views: https://berlinviews.com/#the-curve
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecurve_berlin/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecurveberlin/

    The Age of CollageBook: https://gestalten.com/products/age-of-collage-3
    Exhibition: https://thecurveberlin.com/shows/the-age-of-collage-3-show
    Virtual Tour: https://www.artatberlin.com/portfolio-item/the-age-of-collage-3-show-the-curve-berlin-exhibition-special-360/
    Denis Busch (co-editor & co-curator): https://www.instagram.com/dennis_busch_collage/
    Gestalten: https://www.instagram.com/gestalten/

    Artist Justine Laeufer (solo show at POSITIONS Berlin in September 2021): https://thecurveberlin.com/artists/justine-laeuferVideo about Justine's work and process: https://vimeo.com/552753597
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justine_laeufer/

    Artist Anna Bu Kliewer: https://thecurveberlin.com/artists/anna-bu-kliewer
    Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection: https://youtu.be/Tk5eybe72us
    POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair: https://positions.de/

    • 37 min
    Elena Feijoo, founder of Exgirlfriend and HER | EP40 Subtext & Discourse

    Elena Feijoo, founder of Exgirlfriend and HER | EP40 Subtext & Discourse

    Elena Feijoo is the founder and managing director of the Berlin based art gallery Exgirlfriend EGF UG & the non-profit art studio building/art service provider Human Esthetic Resources HER gUG.
    Exgirlfriend is a contemporary art gallery showcasing experimental works from emerging artists, and HER is a studio complex and non-profit art service provider. Elena Feijoo is the majority shareholder of both businesses and currently manages all aspects of their daily operations.
    Interview with Elena Feijoo recorded by Michael Dooney on 18. May 2021 in Friedrichshain, Berlin.
     
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    EXGIRLFRIEND
    Official: Exgirlfriendberlin.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exgirlfriendberlin/
    Current exhibition: WETLANDS by Marius Presterud

    Human Esthetic Resources HER
    Official: HERcontemporary.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/her_berlin/

    Florida Man...
    Google Image search results...
    Floria Man (2015 documentary)
    The Florida Project by Sean Baker (2017 film)

    #1 Father Daughter
    HEAVEN Gallery, Chicago
    BLM - Black Lives Matter (official website)
    POSITIONS Art Fair
    Official Website
    Vera Kox
    Christopher Meerdo
    Channeling, 2019 by Christopher Meerdo (video work presented at the fair

    • 56 min

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