16 episodes

Art of Interference explores creative responses to climate change. We feature artists whose images, sounds, and performances encourage us to retune the relations of nature and technology, the human and the non-human. We ask climate scientists about their research and how it chimes with the interventions of contemporary artists. Additionally, we speak to activists, cultural critics, and policymakers about the need to develop a new ethics appropriate to our twenty-first century of planetary crises. In each episode, we discuss timely and untimely perspectives on how we, amid our human-made emergencies, may act in the world and allow this changing world to act on us.Our second season investigates Air. How, we ask our guests, does air in all its elemental states and shapes inspire their artistic creativity? And in what way does their work challenge prevalent notions of agency and entanglement, care and co-dependency, control and disturbance? By pursuing these questions, we present contemporary art as a unique laboratory to reevaluate common notions of interference and what it means to be alive amid the ecological crises of our present. 
Future seasons will feature artists whose works address the elemental media of earth and fire.In our AoI Special Editions, we present thought-provoking conversations about the arts as transformative media of inquiry, the role of art within the landscapes of higher education, and the interplay between artistic research, climate studies, and technology development.Art of Interference is produced at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. It has been made possible with the financial support of “The Science Communication Media Collaborative “ of the College of Arts & Science.For more information, visit us at https://artofinterference.com.

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Art of Interference explores creative responses to climate change. We feature artists whose images, sounds, and performances encourage us to retune the relations of nature and technology, the human and the non-human. We ask climate scientists about their research and how it chimes with the interventions of contemporary artists. Additionally, we speak to activists, cultural critics, and policymakers about the need to develop a new ethics appropriate to our twenty-first century of planetary crises. In each episode, we discuss timely and untimely perspectives on how we, amid our human-made emergencies, may act in the world and allow this changing world to act on us.Our second season investigates Air. How, we ask our guests, does air in all its elemental states and shapes inspire their artistic creativity? And in what way does their work challenge prevalent notions of agency and entanglement, care and co-dependency, control and disturbance? By pursuing these questions, we present contemporary art as a unique laboratory to reevaluate common notions of interference and what it means to be alive amid the ecological crises of our present. 
Future seasons will feature artists whose works address the elemental media of earth and fire.In our AoI Special Editions, we present thought-provoking conversations about the arts as transformative media of inquiry, the role of art within the landscapes of higher education, and the interplay between artistic research, climate studies, and technology development.Art of Interference is produced at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. It has been made possible with the financial support of “The Science Communication Media Collaborative “ of the College of Arts & Science.For more information, visit us at https://artofinterference.com.

    Air 4: Carbon Dioxide

    Air 4: Carbon Dioxide

    In this episode, we turn our attention to the carbon footprint of the contemporary art world. What can galleries and museums do to reduce their CO2 emissions? How do curators and museum directors rethink their exhibition and conversation practices to reduce their institutions’ environmental footprint. Our guests are Amanda Hellman, the director of Vanderbilt University’s Museum of Art, and Mark Scala, the chief curator of the Frist Art Museum in Nashville. We discuss how climate consideration...

    • 55 min
    Air 3: Clouds

    Air 3: Clouds

    In this episode of Art of Interference, we turn our attention to the larger-than-life cloud creations of Tomás Saraceno, an artist who creates cities in the clouds and flyable cloud sculptures as a way of imagining more ecological futures. We also hear from media philosopher John Durham Peters whose book The Marvelous Clouds revolutionizes the way we think about humans, nature, and art. Finally, we learn from a cloud scientist, Andrea Salazar, about the importance of cloud feedback syst...

    • 52 min
    Air 2: Breath

    Air 2: Breath

    In this episode, we talk with Grammy-award winning fluteplayer Molly Barth about the relation of breath, contemporary flute music, and climate change. We also hear from pulmonologist Dr. Priya Balakrishnan about the impact of increased air pollution on the work of our lungs. And we explore the connections between good breathing and good listening, and how extractivist economies tend to suffocate both. For more information visit: https://artofinterference.com/

    • 48 min
    Air 1: Ether

    Air 1: Ether

    In this first episode of our second season, we speak with three artists and scientists who reach out beyond the atmosphere of our planet in distress: astrophotographer Gerhard Huedepohl, photography historian Katerina Korola, and astrophysicist Erika Grundstrom. Dedicated to the idea of marvelous transparency and luminosity, they remind us to be better stewards of our air on Earth.For more information visit: https://artofinterference.com/

    • 49 min
    Special Edition 2 | Holding Impact: Art, Science, and the Tasks of Contemporary Museums

    Special Edition 2 | Holding Impact: Art, Science, and the Tasks of Contemporary Museums

    Amie Esslinger’s site-specific installation Holding Impact is currently on display in Cohen Memorial Hall on the campus of Vanderbilt University. In this program we hear from Amie and from Amanda Hellman, the director of Vanderbilt’s Art Gallery, about Amie’s artistic process, the probing questions Amie’s work asks about the relation of contemporary art and advanced science, the unique opportunities afforded to university art museums to incite research and curiosity, and the pleasures second ...

    • 42 min
    Special Edition 1 | Reverberations: Ancient Rock Art Today

    Special Edition 1 | Reverberations: Ancient Rock Art Today

    This special edition of Art of Interference explores echoes between ancient rock and cave art and our contemporary moment. We feature the work of photographer Stephen Alvarez and visual artist Dustin Mater and discuss the role of non-profit organizations such as the Ancient Art Archive in preserving and educating the public about the oldest art on our planet. Steven and Dustin will join host Lutz Koepnick for this conversation, as will Steph Welsh, the Executive Director to the Ancient Art Ar...

    • 43 min

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