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A silly research show. Every week, guest artists teach host Javier Proenza what they’ve learned in pursuit of their practice.

July 18, 2021

Where Inspiration Comes From - Pilar Rius

Artist Pilar Rius initiates a discussion about where inspiration comes from as we observe cultural differences between the French and Americans. Are Americans too positives and the French too negative? We observe the evolution of the genius as an external source of inspiration to the contemporary understanding that a person is a genius, because they have access to inspiration. we end on a fun discussion on wether the origin of inspiration is always a positive experience, or is it something that also comes from emotions like outrage? Is Javier a conspiracy theorist, or has America carceral system really that insane?

July 11, 2021

Streets and Context - Hiroshi Clark

Artist and skater Hiroshi Clark stops by to discuss the streets as a multi-use space with ever changing context. Wether used as a metaphor, "I'm from the Streets," a means of transportation, a space where photographing strangers is legal, or a home for the presently unhoused, we consider streets in context of the use value these uniquely public spaces have.

July 4, 2021

Drug Memories - Ian McDaniel

Musician and Sound Engineer Ian McDaniel and I wax philosophical our favorite drug memories. We get in to all the wild, grimy shit we ALLEGEDLY did as kids, and make up all of it for street cred in the rap game.

June 27, 2021

Art Practice and the Unknown - Marley Starskey Butler

Multidisciplinary artist Marley Starskey Butler shares his thoughts on the relationship between art practice and the unknown, sharing stories about how his trust in the process allows him to explore new ideas that may take him years to understand how they fit into his work.

June 20, 2021

While the Encampments Burned - Alex Andrew Sanchez

Painter Alex Andrew Sanchez comes on the show for a post covid catch up. We talk about feigning interest in kids stuff as an artist parent, and watching the homeless encampments out side his building burn down.

June 13, 2021

How Colors Make Us Think and Feel - Danielle Winger

Artist and poet painter Danielle Winger talks about the importance of how colors make us think and feel in the context of art making and critical media literacy.


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June 7, 2021

Coincidence, Serendipity, and Fate - Debra Broz

Artist Debra Broz and I think about coincidence, serendipity and fate as we explore her practice of thrifting for ceramic animal figurine , breaking them apart, and using restoration techniques to combine these fragments into seamless new adorably unholy creatures.

May 31, 2021

Financial Strategy for Artists - Chris Adler

Artist Chris Adler stops by to talk financial strategies to keep visual artists from becoming starving artists.

May 24, 2021

Italian Horror Films - Dakota Noot

Visual Artist Dakota Noot talks about Giallo Movies, which are a genre of Italian horror Films pioneered by Dario Argento. we get into camp and gore, Hellraiser, Freddy, Jason, as well as more upsetting offerings by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) and Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for mister Vengence)

May 17, 2021

Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind - Jamie Hamilton

Aliens! Artist Jamie Hamilton and I discuss Steven Greer's claim that through meditation people are able to summon Alien Beings and have UFO (UAP) encounters. It gets wild

May 10, 2021

Unmixed Paint - Phillip J. Mellen

Artist Phillip J. Mellen talks about his approach to painting with color.

May 3, 2021

Law Vs Morality - Molly Parmer

Criminal Defense Attorney Molly Parmer describes growing up the daughter of artist Skip Williamson during the Chicago 7 trial. Skip Williamson was influential in the Underground Comix movement, and did the art for Abby Hoffman's Steal This Book. Williamson was not one of the seven but was closely affiliated and active during the trial. Molly shares how her relationship to these events made her want to fight to protect people from a flawed system today, rather than work to reform it in the future. 

April 26, 2021

Generational Labor - Melissa Loney

April 19, 2021

Kitsch - Anna Breininger

 Artist Anna Breininger and I try to pin down what kitsch even means in an art world where hierarchy’s are actively being dismantled.

April 11, 2021

Fighting Gentrifiers in 2021 - Lincoln Heights Intel

Five LH Intel members stop by to talk their experiences running for Neighborhood Council. We talk about Los Angeles history, the brewery Arts Complex, gentrification, gerrymandering, voter suppression, homelessness, smear pieces, and Luxury apartments built on toxic superfund sight.

April 5, 2021

Landscapes of the Post-Industrial Midwest - Kale

Artist Kale talks about the political context of midwestern landscapes, and how they represent an late stage capitalist aesthetic, before we get into a thoughtful discussion about the challenges of being both anti racist and advocating for class solidarity.

March 29, 2021

Treasure Hunt For Ordinary Things - Deirdre Colgan Jones

What's my Thesis? is a visual art podcast.

Artist Deidre Colgan Jones talks about living in different American cities as an Irish woman from Dublin, before we discuss the decision making process I went though collecting items for the treasure hunt she sent me on.

March 15, 2021

Still Life - Annie Compean

Artist Annie Compean talks about her obsession with collecting and arranging objects to paint, while taking us on a visual tour of her practice, from influences, to current work

March 8, 2021

When Stuffed Animals Attack - Adrienne Sacks

Artist Adrienne Sacks talks about cuteness as a capitalist aesthetic, and worries she is the only one seeing it everywhere she goes.

March 1, 2021

The Biden Years

This week I break down the first months of the Biden Era. It's not off to a great start.

February 22, 2021

Island of Banished Daughters - Elin Karlsson

Drawing inspiration from Pandataria, an island where Roman Emperors banished their daughters, artist Elin Karlsson describes how she writes fiction to support her visual art practice, and get a deeper understanding of the philosophical questions about sexuality she explores.

February 15, 2021

Latinx Futurism - Michael Anthony Garcia

Artist, and co host of El Puente Podcast Michael, Anthony Garcia talks about the influence science fiction has on his art practice, and the importance of making a conscious effort to envision positive outcomes for marginalized people.

February 8, 2021

Rooted in Horticulture - Surge Witrön

Artist Surge Witrön and I go on a range of side tangents as we discuss his early interest in horticulture.

February 1, 2021

The Fight Against Gentrification - Lincoln Heights Intel

An Anonymous representative of Lincoln Heights Intel details the fight against USC, the City of Los Angeles, and luxury apartments built on Toxic super fund sights. 

January 25, 2021

Painting Bad - Sofia Heftersmith

Artist Sofia Heftersmith talks about the freedom she feels when she sets out with the intention of making a bad painting.

January 18, 2021

Mad Science - Michelle L Morby

Artist Michelle Morby talks about her interest in setting up interactions, the roll science plays in her practice and how she started a zoo to connect with people during covid quarantine. We then debate Trumps social media ban for the second hour.

January 11, 2021

Flag Design - Cristina Victor

Artist Cristina Victor talks about her experiences in the world of vexillology (flag design) as the vibe gets super cuban. Scarface, Communism, Spies, and Republicans, we get into what it's like to be exiles of El Exilio Cubano.

December 14, 2020

Hair - Chelsea Flowers

Artist Chelsea Flowers does her hair while we talk.

December 7, 2020

Metal Leaf - Dawn Okoro

Artist Dawn Okoro breaks down her use of metal leafs, like gold and copper, in her painting, and how she uses it to elevate and obscure her subject matter.

November 30, 2020

Canadian Covid - Alex Noel

November 16, 2020

The Role Imagination Plays in Building Identities and Traditions - Tsz Kam

This audio only episode is available on YouTube

November 2, 2020

Genealogical Disclosure - Ana Iwataki

October 26, 2020

Kidnapping Artisans - EJ Son

Artist EJ Son and I compare the Australian and American government's response to covid 19 before getting into the complicated relationship between Japanese and Korean culture, and her quest to make a peppermint sword.  

October 18, 2020

Neo-Liberal Fascists

Que pasa, USA?

October 5, 2020

The 5th Dimension - Roberto Jackson Harrington

Its Our 100th Episode!

September 1, 2020

UNLOCKED - The Commercialization of Apathy - Matt Miranda

unlocked patreon episode 

August 24, 2020

UNLOCKED - Decolonizing the Self

August 17, 2020

Late Stage Capitalism - Aubrey Ingmar Manson

August 11, 2020

Martial Arts - Maia Anderson

Artist Maia Anderson...

August 6, 2020

Lebanese American Experiences - Zeina Baltagi

Artist @zeina_baltagi and I talk about the differences and similarities in our relationship to European Colonialism and American Imperialism.