#95: Ania Catherine - "Choreographing Mental States"

Ania Catherine is an artist and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Her work merges movement, film, and performance art and has been shown internationally at the British Film Institute, Art Basel Hong Kong, Peacock Theatre (London), LA Center for Digital Art, Agora Collective (Berlin), Forum des images (Paris), Dansmuseet (Stockholm), International Meeting on Screendance (Valencia, Spain), among others. She holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics, and through bodies explores the intersections of performance and her academic research in gender, sexuality, representation, and politics. In addition to her personal practice, she works internationally performing, choreographing, speaking, directing, and teaching. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Growing up in Orange County in California
  • Gender and sexuality
  • How “slow cinema” has influenced her work
  • Films by Roy Anderson and Chantal Akerman
  • Creating work that’s personal
  • Misrepresentations of sexuality
  • How she met her wife
  • Surrounding yourself with people who project positive energy

www.aniacatherine.com

#94: Mary Grisey - "The Intersection Between Art, Clairvoyance, and Metaphysics"

"How do we understand, connect with and react to traces of the metaphysical? My work is about becoming, a process that encompasses both doing and undoing; energy goes into my materials and then there is a natural or simulated process of destruction. Transformation is central to my practice: a metamorphosis that reveals the ruin and beauty of both the body and the psyche. With the intention of revealing layers and residual deterioration, I unravel, scratch, burn and peel parts of the work. I use many natural materials in my practice—particularly linen, sisal rope and dye—which exude a distinct smell and permeate the senses before the demanding visuality commands attention. This address to the olfactory helps to create an active environment rather than a static installation. My works, unlike the products of conventional fiber practices, bear traces of my hand—bits of imperfect or unfinished warp and weft—and the inexact results of hand-dyeing. Parts of the work are undone, unmade and unraveled, lending credence to their indeterminate nature. While the process of weaving, in its demanding repetition and methodical rhythm, is a contemplative endeavor typically exact in execution, the ruinous state of these works points to my interest in the limits of the physical and preoccupation with the ethereal.

I am fascinated by the connection between the physical and metaphysical, and, in this vein, I take ancient mythology, metamorphosis, ruination and entropy as inspirations in my work. Like ruins, my works are remnants of what was once whole; they are inscribed with traces of their previous life, death endured and the hereafter. My works embody these remnants that prefigure thought and feeling." - Mary Grisey

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Kindred spirits
  • Her trajectory as an artist
  • Finding her voice
  • How a traumatic experience created a shift in the way she created art
  • The relationship between creating artwork and meditating
  • Breaking down mental systems
  • Her spiritual journey
  • Clairvoyance
  • Her encounters with ghosts
  • Working in the metaphysical realm
  • How she got into tarot card reading

www.thewoventarot.com

www.marygrisey.com

#93: Elly Smallwood - "The Importance of Embracing Failure"

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Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and now works as an artist in Toronto. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Her workflow
  • The business of art
  • Getting paid as an artist
  • “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
  • “Nocturnal Animals”
  • The importance of failure
  • Her transition leaving Toronto to move to Ottawa
  • Having a solid art community
  • Understanding human anatomy for your art practice
  • Conspiracy theories

Elly Smallwood's Personal Website

#92: Nicole Miglis (Hundred Waters) - "Emotional Intelligence + Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths"

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Nicole Miglis is the singer / songwriter of the band Hundred Waters

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The origin story of Hundred Waters
  • OWSLA
  • The power of introverts and listening
  • Language
  • The feeling behind captivating artworks
  • Their new album “Communicating”
  • Nicole’s journey as a musician
  • Choosing art as a career
  • Turning your weaknesses into strengths
  • Ideas surrounding femininity and masculinity
  • Power in vulnerability
  • The idea of self and others
  • Standing the test of time

Hundred Waters Website

#91: Dado Valentic - "VR Museum"

Dado Valentic is the CTO of Acute Art, based in London and Los Angeles. Alongside Acute Art's co-founder, Jacob De Geer, Dado worked on the launch of the 'VR Museum,’ an app that exhibits subscription-based, interactive, multiuser fine-art artworks. The "VR Museum" is now available on the HTC Vive from the Acute Art website and HTC Vive store

Dado Valentic is also an award winning colour grading artist and one of the leading developers in the area of colour science for digital film cameras. Dado is the founder of Mytherapy, a creative studio for digital colour correction and motion picture retouching. He is known for his unique approach to the processing of digital images and his film stock emulation technology.

Dado Valentic has worked on over 30 feature films and numerous commercials. His latest work was creating a colour science for Netflix HDR production of 'Marco Polo -Season II', which was awarded Best TV Picture, ASC 2016.

As a colour scientist, he was involved in 'Exodus' by Riddle Scott, as well as 'Game of Thrones', 'Total Recall', 'Mr Nice', and 'Sherlock Holmes' by Guy Richie. Dado's colourist credits include: 'Absolutely Anything' directed by Terry Jones, starring Simon Pegg, 'A Hundred Streets' starring Idris Elba, 'Dough' starring Jonathan Pryce, and 'Blackwood' by Adam Wimpenny.

Mytherapy is based at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea offering High-End Motion Picture Post Production Services.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The start of Acute Art
  • Working with artists Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor for VR Museum
  • VR and art working together
  • Adaptability within VR environments
  • His career as a color scientist for feature films
  • Using neuroscience to understand human behavior in the VR world
  • Implications of the Technological Revolution
  • Ed Atkins work

Dado Valentic's IMDB

  

#90: Norberto Rodriguez X Justin Hopkins - “The Reality Distortion Field”

Born + raised in Miami by Cuban immigrants, Norberto Rodriguez began his career at 18 as a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist known for his continuously disruptive + innovative practice. He works in all media + genre including installation, performance, photography, sculpture, digital, music, film, text + tenderness. Currently, Rodriguez is developing A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: a center for exploring how ideas give life meaning, IP DIVISION: A company providing creative solutions + services to consumers everywhere, + The Waiting Room: an experimental, collaborative space for private reflection + public exchange.  He also shares his journey documenting various other projects + his ongoing evolution as an artist + friend on social media @norbertoinc.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Using commercial platforms to your advantage as an artist
  • Alternative ideas to bypass and subvert the traditional art gallery model
  • Slash from Guns and Roses making an appearance on the episode
  • Exploring deep philosophical ideas about the ramifications of the art market
  • Questioning your legacy as an artist
  • “The pre-career retrospective”
  • Steve Jobs and Apple
  • When Bert got married to a stranger for a year
  • The Bert Rodriguez Museum
  • When he killed Bert Rodriguez
  • Pitfalls of galleries
  • Artists as a commodity
  • Art evolving culture
  • Kanye West
  • The sale of his will
  • Shamans
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky