Thursday, April 30, 2009

Doug Blandy


Doug Blandy


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[interview conducted by Crystal Baxley]

Doug Blandy is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, a Professor and Program Director in the Arts and Administration Program, and the Director of the Institute for Community Arts Studies at the University of Oregon. His research defines, describes, critiques, and analyzes the implementation of community arts programs that are participatory, community focused, community based, and culturally democratic. His most recent research considers the creation and distribution of zines as a component of radical democracy. He is also a principle investigator in a multi-university project associated with the documentation and interpretation of China's material culture.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lee Montgomery of NPR


Lee Montgomery of
Neighborhood Public Radio

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Lee Montgomery is a founding member of the Bay area based collective Neighborhood Public Radio, an independent, artist-run radio project committed to providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members. The group sets up independent radio stations, which are made available for public use, under the motto “If it’s in the neighborhood and it makes noise... we hope to put it on the air.”

NPR has produced radio projects all over the United States and Europe, including a recent project for the 2008 Whitney Biennial titled " _______ American Life," which took place next door to the Whitney Museum of American Art in an empty storefront.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Larry Sultan


Larry Sultan

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[interview conducted by Tasha Liegel]

Larry Sultan grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley, which has become a source of inspiration for a number of his projects. His work blends documentary and staged photography to create images of the psychological as well as physical landscape of suburban family life. Sultan’s seminal book and exhibition Pictures From Home (1992) is a decade long project that features his own mother and father as its primary subjects, exploring photography’s role in creating familial mythologies Using this same suburban setting, his book, The Valley (2004) examines the adult film industry and the area’s middle-class tract homes that serve as pornographic film sets. Sultan's work has been exhibited and published widely and is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art to name a few. Sultan is a professor of art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz

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[Interview conducted by Ariana Jacob]

Michael Rakowitz first came to the attention of the art world in the winter of 1998, when a project called paraSITE began appearing on the streets of Cambridge, and Boston, Massachusetts. It was a series of inflatable plastic homeless shelters, each one tailored to the individual specifications of its occupant designed to inflate by latching on to heat-exhaust ducts on the sides of buildings, swiping the escaping hot air and rerouting it to provide warmth for those living on the streets.

Born and raised in New York, Rakowitz work is informed by an idiosyncratic blend of performance, sculpture and graphic design; its activism is filtered through a highly aesthetic artifice. His projects, which weave together historical information and politics, are marked by a profound emotional depth. He is now on faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.