Episodes
This week we’re visiting with brilliant curator and writer Mia Matthias. Mia’s current role is as a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, but not for long. No spoilers, but Mia shared some very exciting news during our conversation, and you’ll just have to tune in to find out what it is. Mia’s background, training, and the collection of experiences she’s accrued over the years is incredibly interdisciplinary – integrating linguistics, anthropology, and computer science...
Published 05/24/22
This week we are revisiting our very first-ever episode, featuring one of the time-based media conservation field's foundational thinkers: Pip Laurenson, head of collections care reasearch at the Tate. Tune in to hear how a philosopher-turned stone sculpture conservator went on to become one of the most inflential conservators in time-based media art. Links from the conversation with Pip > Authenticity, Change and Loss in the Conservation of Time-Based Media Installations:...
Published 05/17/22
Published 05/17/22
This week on the show we’re visiting with Lauren Cornell, chief curator at the Hessel Museum and director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard college. As a curator at Bard, the New Museum, Rhizome and beyond, Lauren has had a life-long dedication to time-based media art; as well as a passion for growing, shaping, and building arts institutions. Tune in to hear Lauren’s story, and the incredible exhibitions she has in store at Bard this summer. Links from the...
Published 05/10/22
This week we’re visiting with artist Meriem Bennani – by popular demand! Meriem has been one of the most requested guests, and is a personal favorite, so we simply had to have her on the show. Meriem effortlessly weaves cartoonish slapstick humor into her videos and animations, even when she is taking on dead serious topics. Her work is accessible and inviting, and her work is equally at home on social media platforms as it is in major museum collections. In recent year’s Meriem’s work has...
Published 05/03/22
This week we’re visiting with someone who quite possibly has the longest running career in installing and maintaining time based media art installations. Richard Bloes has served as an AV technician at the Whitney Museum of American art for over 41 years, and has accrued an incomparable wealth of knowledge. If there is a potential way for an artwork to malfunction, break or be installed incorrectly Richard has seen it and probably knows how to fix it. In addition to the hard earned lessons...
Published 04/26/22
This week on the show we’re visiting with brilliant artist WangShui, whose work prominently featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial is very much a continuation of their introspection and exploration of post-humanism, trans identity, and human/machine collaboration – in the form of etchings and paintings on aluminum performed in collaboration with a carefully cultivated AI collaborator, and a real-time, generative, interwoven LED mesh and screen-based video piece.  In this chat we not only...
Published 04/19/22
This week on the show we’re visiting with conservation technician, software developer, hardware hacker, and artist Emma Dickson, who you may recall as the guest host of Episode 010 with Shu Lea Cheang. Ever since their first foray into the field working to analyze and restore Shu-Lea’s legendary net art piece Brandon at the Guggenheim as part of their Conservation of Computer Based Art initiative, Emma has gone on to do great work with an impressive CV as a professional software developer,...
Published 04/12/22
This week on the show we are visiting with brilliant gallerist Ebony L. Haynes, who founded and runs 52 Walker, a David Zwirner gallery. As you'll hear in this episode, Ebony has crafted a space where she and the artists she works with are doing things differently. The installations are large, ambitious, and not exactly easy to collect — involving virtually every fathomable medium: multichannel video installations, kinetic light and sound installations, performance, and more. This coupled...
Published 04/05/22
Over the first nine months and thirty episodes of this little podcast we have heard the stories of some incredible guests: artists, curators, collectors, conservators, and more – and the nuggets of wisdom that they have shared along the way have been truly invaluable. This week we're trying something a little bit new, and we’re calling it The Advice Episode - compiled on this week’s show are all of the moments of our guests sharing hard earned expertise and advice. Featuring in order of...
Published 03/29/22
Although the role that technology plays in a work of art can sometimes be fluid and flexible, stewardship of time-based media art still requires material connoisseurship: a deep understanding and appreciation for the medium, its artistic possibilities and limitations. This week’s guest Lori Emerson, has built an academic body of work steeped in just that sort of connoisseurship, rooted in the world of electronic and experimental poetry. By establishing the Media Archaeology Lab in 2009, Lori...
Published 03/22/22
This week, we visit with Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center. Much like The Walker itself, Pavel's curatorial practice is incredibly interdisciplinary. Although he certainly doesn’t label himself a curator of digital art, media art, or performing arts, it just so happens that for Pavel much of the important artists you'll find him working with at The Walker and beyond are utilizing and integrating moving image, sound, light, performance, sculpture, painting, everything...
Published 03/15/22
On this week’s show we chat with time-based media conservator Shu-Wen Lin who has led an incredibly prolific career over the past five years or so, serving as the very first time based media conservator at numerous institutions, and working in museums in over four different countries – including Hong Kong, Taipei, Canada, and the USA. Prior to working as a time-based media conservator Shu-Wen also worked as an archivists for contemporary artists such as Sterling Ruby, and Cai Guo-Qiang. In...
Published 03/08/22
This week on the show we sit down with time-based media art conservator and doctoral researcher Patricia Falcão. Through her many years of work and research at the Tate, and elsewhere, Patricia has been massively contributing to how our field approaches the acquisition, documentation, and long term care of software-based works of art. Tune in to hear the winding road that led Patricia from traditional Rococo woodworking, to time-based media art. Links from the conversation with Patricia >...
Published 03/01/22
This week on the show we are diving back into exploring what it looks like to collect time-based media art outside of institutions, by chatting with another collector who has developed a real passionate focus on time-based media art. Alain Servais has been collecting digital art for many many years, and not only lives among the work in his home in Brussels, but also operates a loft space specifically dedicated to sharing the collection with the public and serving as an experimental space for...
Published 02/22/22
This week's episode features pioneering gallerist Magda Sawon, who together with her husband and business partner Tamas Banovich has been running Postmasters gallery since 1984.  Postmasters hardly needs introduction – it is a veritable New York institution, and an incredibly important piece of the puzzle when looking at how time-based media art (and especially digital art) exists within the gallery world. In our conversation we'll hear Magda's hard earned perspective from navigating the...
Published 02/15/22
This week on the show we sit down with Raina Mehler, who is leading the way for how one of the largest contemporary art enterprises in the world manages the challenging needs of time-based media art installations. Tune in to hear all about Raina’s work as a registrar establishing Pace Gallery's internal practices for installing, shipping, tracking, and caring for time-based media art, what it was like to become Pace’s first director of media arts, and what she is up to these days at Pace’s...
Published 02/08/22
This week on the show we take our first foray into an incredibly important pillar of the long term care of art: how we document, catalog, and care for archives. Our guest Farris Wahbeh is the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Farris’ role is quite unique in the sense that he oversees and serves as a central hub for all of the various teams that manage information at the Whitney: the archives, library, collections documentation – it...
Published 02/01/22
On this week’s show we sit down with the one and only American Artist, whose brilliant practice places a critical lens on technology and systems, often as a means by which to discuss the forms of systemic racism, control, and manipulation that become coded into the world. In our chat we’ll hear about _____________’s origins as an artist and graphic designer, and how their work extends across research and education. Tune in as well to hear about their current research on the life and work of...
Published 01/25/22
This week on the show we chat with an art conservator who has been pivotal in formalizing the field of time-based media conservation over the past two decades: Christine Frohnert. When Christine immigrated to the US in 2005 she was the only conservator who had training in  time-based media conservation – and she got to work quickly! Through her private practice with partner Reinhard Bek, her leadership in the American Institute for Conservation’s Electronic Media Group, and her work as a...
Published 01/18/22
This week we chat with contemporary artist, and pioneer of video art, Gary Hill. For many Gary needs no introduction – he was among the first generation of artists to explore television and the video signal as a creative medium in the early 1970s. Through video sculptures, installations, and single-channel works, Gary explores the phenomenological, language, and the body’s relationship to technology. In our chat we’ll hear about Gary’s origins as an artist, the early video art scene in...
Published 01/11/22
This week on the show we sit down with gallerist and curator Bridget Donahue. If you know Bridget it’s likely through her gallery’s sharp programming and the impactful work she has done over the years to help steward the careers of time-based media artists like Sondra Perry, Martine Syms, and Lynn Hershman Leeson – but did you know that Bridget got her start in the gallery world as an archivist? Tune in for a real behind-the-scenes glimpse into the important work that Bridget has been doing...
Published 01/04/22
This week’s show features artist, musician, herbalist, and community builder Cy X, whose  work encompasses installations, digital instrument building, live audiovisual performances, and their broader interdisciplinary practice blurs boundaries between art, community building (Including co-founding Synth Library NYC), healing work, and music. Tune in to hear Cy’s journey from working in marketing to experiencing a creative awakening and finding place (and making space) in NYC. Links from the...
Published 12/28/21
Continuing our coverage of emerging professionals, sasha arden will soon be graduating as one of the first conservators from the NYU Conservation Center's recently established time-based media conservation program. sasha is hardly new to the field though, having spent over a decade meeting the audiovisual needs of numerous institutions prior to making the pivot to conservation. Tune in to hear sasha’s journey, and how their trans nonbinary identity strengthens their practice as a...
Published 12/21/21
This week on the show we sit down with curator Tina Rivers Ryan – one of the preeminent curators mapping contemporary artistic practices engaged with the digital, and keeping the flame of digital art history alive. In this in-depth conversation we delve into Tina's evolution as a curator, and many of the particularities of curatoring digital art. As well, Tina is one of the few thinkers out there who is fluent in the art world and the crypto/NFT world, and in our discussion she offers an...
Published 12/14/21