This Beautiful Shot is Not an Accident is a podcast that explores the creative process, storytelling and social change. These are inspiring conversations with creative individuals. Join me as I speak to artists, change-makers, and thinkers – creative humans who are deeply engaged in the creative process, exploring new ways of seeing the world and sharing what is possible. In the podcast, you’ll meet creative directors, filmmakers, advocates, artists, philosophers and more, in conversation with Laura J. Lukitsch, filmmaker, video artist and story consultant. Learn more about the series at thisbeautifulshot.com. Produced by Global Performance Media, globalperformancemedia.com.
Cleopatra Kambugu, seeds of change
“This is what I am, do you read me?” Cleopatra Kambugu is a biologist, activist and transgender film personality. Her wish to understand her gender expression led her to study genetics and molecular biology in university and later undergo surgery to help others decode what she felt she already was. In today’s episode we talk about Cleopatra’s resilience, her experience in Uganda during the threats that came in 2013 with the Anti-Homosexual Act, her participation in the award-winning documentary, Pearl of Africa, and her ideas about change, that change is a marathon, we are planting seeds take time to grow. And while they grow we must remember it is important to enjoy the life we have.
Tom Kellner, translating culture
Can books from one culture bring empathy to people from very different backgrounds and experiences? Post-doctoral research Tom Kellner is researching the translatability of Israeli literature being published in Germany. In this episode we speak about the process of understanding what books sell, why they sell, and the possible reasons for which works readers read. What readers understand and if empathy increased from reading the stories from another culture is more difficult to determine. Kellner shares a different definition of empathy, one from philosopher Emmanuel Levinus, that empathy is accepting that people are different and we do not understand them. And yet we care. Join us as we explore these ideas.
Michelle M. Wright, constructing inclusion
Biases in search engines are not only an issue of algorithms, our bias is built into the beliefs we have about the world. And our beliefs are influenced by the stories we absorb through our culture and more and more the information we find online. Today I’m speaking with Michelle M. Wright, distinguished professor or literature and Emery College. She has been researching how blackness is constructed through the stories that are told in the public sphere. Today we talk about new stories coming into the culture and ways we can strive to be more inclusive when telling our own stories, looking at the questions we ask others and holding space for ambiguity.
Dean Dori Tunstall, designing for diversity
Inclusion and equity don’t just happen because it is part of your mission statement. Creating a space where all members feel a sense of belonging is a process. And today I am in conversation with Dori Tunstall who has been working in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion and decolonization. Dori Tunstall is Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. Our conversation stretches from the language of inclusion to the insights that mushrooms and design thinking bring to our understanding of our fundamental interconnectedness.
Della Duncan, Reimagining Economcis
What is needed to create an economic system that supports human and planetary flourishing? Renegade Economist Della Duncan speaks about what is needed, deeper connection with our values. Della is founder and co-host of the Upstream Podcast where she invites listeners to imagine what a sustainable, just and democratic economy might look like. In our conversation Della shares the journey she took to reimagining economics, and shares ways we can move from consumption to connection.
Mischa Leinkauf, at the border
Today I’m talking to filmmaker, installation artist and photographer Mischa Leinkauf whose work explores the borders, borders of buildings, bridges, public space, laws, and nation states. This season I’ve been talking to artists about their first solo show. Many of his works are performative interventions and the definition of a show is somewhat nebulous. Who sees the work, when they see the work, do they even know it is a work?
A stimulating cup of creative therapy
Laura’s eloquent, nuanced, imaginative and textured storytelling provides an incredible dose of energy and inspiration to anyone engaging in a creative undertaking, no matter the form or context. Her multi-layered content, dynamic approach and conscious sensibility meet whoever is listening half-way in their creative journey, through stories that are both socially relatable and also pragmatically useful. Thanks so much for this podcast - it is a real treat to listen to, and is creative therapy for whoever is in the thick of the moment in the creative process, going through the up and downs of it all! Thanks for providing us with a map to navigate this space, arms to embrace and reach out across genres, discerning yet curious eyes, careful ears tuned into subtle vibrations, and a polyphonic voice able to express and adapt to the shifting nature and emotional unfoldings of the creative process.
Great beautiful content for storytellers
As a person that works on visual storytelling, it's always appreciated to have content that can sum up to our references. Especially if it's audible content that will help to expand our knowledge in this fascinating field. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next season.
I am soooo excited that I found this podcast! The topic of storytelling is something that we ALL can be if it to learn from and Laura has done an incredible job bringing together brilliant minds to shine light on creativity and impact. This is a must listen!