#98: Alexandre Souêtre X Jesse Draxler - "Creative Parameters, Design, Collaboration"

Alexandre Souêtre, originally from Paris, is a LA-based creative director & visual artist.

Jesse Draxler is a multidisciplinary artist.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Souêtre Growing up in Paris
  • Souêtre's beginnings in film which lead him to creative direction, design, and photography
  • Souêtre moving to America for college
  • How Draxler and Souêtre met and became collaborators
  • Draxler’s process with working with photographers
  • Skateboarding as an art form
  • Setting up creative constraints to create artwork
  • French cinema
  • Filmmaker Gaspar Noé
  • Gaspar Noé films, “Irreversible” and “Enter The Void”
  • VR
  • “The Book of Joan” by author Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Alexandre’s book he’s writing
  • Icelandic pop music including Samaris

#97: VOWWS - "Death-Pop"

VOWWS is an Australian Death-Pop duo based out of Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Creating and attaining goals
  • Financial burdens of going to college
  • Education in Australia
  • Pitfalls of the American educational system
  • Old school video games
  • The story of how they met in college
  • Celebrating death and western culture’s view on death
  • Deathpop
  • Genres being subjective
  • Over conceptualizing art
  • Touring
  • Depression

Photos by Olivia Shove

www.vowwsband.com

5.7.2018 - Monday Night Residency @ The Echo with VOWWS

#96: Martin Starr X Saman Kesh - "Augmenting Human Connection"

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In this podcast, we interview actor Martin Starr from the hit tv HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

We take a deep dive into topics such as: being recognized at hipster parties, seasonal depression, being a child of an actress, the future of pornography, bitcoin and human connection.

This episode was produced and co-hosted by Saman Kesh.

#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