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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.

February 9, 2020

Cat Dreams - Erin Demastes

February 2, 2020

Sales, Satan, and Socialism - Erin Demastes

January 26, 2020

Mexican Immigrant - Jorge Mujica

January 13, 2020

Advocacy in Art Practice - Jorge Mujica

January 5, 2020

Non Binary - Abdiel Lopez

January 1, 2020

76 Queer of Color Critique - Abdiel López

December 26, 2019

75 Flesh and Foliage - Peter Max Lawrence

Artist @petermaxlawrence and I ban politics from part two of our conversation, and argue about comic books instead.

December 7, 2019

74 Death to Neo-isms - Peter Max Lawrence

Artist and brother from another mother @petermaxlawrence and I join forces for the most ambitious crossover event of all time. What's My Thesis and Time Waster Radio duke it out for podcasting supremacy, leaving piles of innocent bystander corpses in their wake, as they suss out the differences between leftists, Neoconservative and Neoliberals. 


Also I conflate Cuba and Costa Rica, but you can tell I mean Cuba because I reference sugar cane.

November 25, 2019

73 Centro America - Pamela Ramos

Artist @pameeeela and I discuss the range of Latin American cultural experiences that are often seen as singular and interchangeable. We talk about the racism that exists between countries who's cultural identity was founded on Spanish colonialism, and the problems we have with words like Savage, Civil, and Ally. Also, would Eddie Redmayne be considered attractive if American beauty standards were less Eurocentric?

November 18, 2019

72 Ambiguity of Research - Pamela Ramos

Artist @pameeeela talks about immigrating to Baltimore, and breaks down cultural nuances as we explore the wide range of practices artists consider research.

November 12, 2019

71 Overwatch, Anime, and Comics - Rakeem Cunningham

Artist @rakeemc and I discuss our love hate relationship with the video game Overwatch, and how it’s the only thing that fills us with unhindered rage, before getting into the lore behind the anime and comic books that inform our world view.

November 4, 2019

70 Carving Out a Lane - Rakeem Cunningham

Artist @rakeemc discuses being pigeon holed and politicized, like when his work is described as body positive, but his body is not representative of the people the body positive movement is for. We talk influences, passive aggressive praise, being interviewed in print, toxic fandom, and how many of the intentions of black artists get overshadowed by the art world’s need to make the work exclusively about blackness.

October 28, 2019

69 Deep Fakes - Amanda Carter

Artist @femmester and I discuss what how our trust in the photograph has changed in our lifetimes. We consider the implications going forward, and ask what happens to the surveillance state when we no longer believe photographs and video footage.

October 21, 2019

68 Photography as a Syncretic Experience - Amanda Carter

Artist @femmester catches me in a particularly conspiratorial mind frame to discuss photography experienced as a fusion of different religions, cultures, and philosophies.

October 15, 2019

67 The Whiteness Episode - Lorenzo Baker

Artist @zo_broo and I discuss America’s secret police, white female privilege, and civil rights activists who were murdered for speaking out about class struggle (MLK and Fred Hampton). We highlight a recent incident where white citizens had to step in with cameras to protect a black family from police brutality, and Lorenzo changes my perspective on my relationship to racially hostile people and spaces.

October 7, 2019

66 Anti-Black - Lorenzo Baker

Artist @zo_broo and I go deep on structural racism, imperialism and oppression without a white person present to get defensive and make the conversation about them. We call out the police as a protected class and examine some of the symbols in our culture that reveal the true functions of these systems of racial oppression.

October 1, 2019

65 Culture Shock - Gweneth Gilmore

September 17, 2019

64 What is Creative Freedom? - Gweneth Gilmore

September 9, 2019

63 Critical Consumption of Media - Kellan Barnebey King

Artist and @montevistaprojects member @kellanbarnebeyking and I discover the differences in our similar world views, and share the challenges we have consuming all news sources. We discuss Air America Radio and their coverage of the George W. Bush administration’s push to change NPR’s funding structure in response to critical coverage of the Iraq war. And I stress out Kellan with a Chaos Magic concept about truth.

September 2, 2019

62 Pivotal Moments in History - Kellan Barnebey King

Artist @kellanbarnebeyking briefly shares art collective @montevistaprojects  mission statement, before taking us on a journey from Pre-Colombian California to the geopolitical conflicts that affect the area today. With land and water rights as a central focus, we talk immigration, gentrification, and I learn why so many names we take for granted in LA, like Mulholland or Stanford, are tied to Southern California’s access to water.

August 26, 2019

61 An Illustrated Autoethnography - Dr. Bethanie Irons

Artist and Art Doctor Dr. Bethanie Irons and I dive deeper into her dissertation "Becoming Within Entangled Spaces of Artistic Practice: An Illustrated Autoethnography" about instagram, breaking down the ways it affects artist's practice: motivation, reflection, place, research, experimentation, networking and promotion, curation and display, connection to other people, and it's complicated: love hate relationship. We consider "felt cute, might delete" as a way of being vulnerable while also trying to control how an image is read, and acknowledge that IG is tough even when you like it, and it serves you.

August 20, 2019

60 Instagram - Dr. Bethanie Irons

Artist and recently hooded art doctor @bethanie_irons takes us through the process of defending her dissertation on Instagram. We talk in depth about her research, and how IG thrives as a tool for artists. We contemplate likes as a reward and punishment system, and pick up on the nuances of regional art communities. With a special shout out to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

August 12, 2019

59 Generation Gaps - Katie Kline

Artist and high school photography teacher @katiekline and I discuss how the rate at which technological innovation accelerates is responsible for the generation gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials. We talk generational feminism, powerful white men applying an outdated approach to disseminating propaganda, and what it’s like to teach a generation of kids who participate in active shooter drills knowing the world might end because of the way adults have set up their society.

August 5, 2019

58 FOMO - Katie Kline

Artist and high school photography teacher @katiekline talks about Instagram related FOMO from the perspective of someone who’s process is rooted in consuming photography. She shares her experience teaching self portraiture to a generation raised on selfies, and describes an emerging archetype of student photographers that don’t take her creative photo class, but are known on campus for using DSLRs to make their classmates look hot on social media.

July 29, 2019

57 LA Stories and Poems - Alex Andrew Sanchez

57 LA Stories and Poems - Alex Andrew Sanchez - Artist and Poet @alex_andrew_sanchez and I share stories from our quotidian LA experience. We discuss the Illusions that being isolated in a car creates, Los Angels as a political space, and close out with regional poetry from zines, books and loose pages.

July 22, 2019

56 The Everyday Violence That Doesn’t Kill You - Alex Andrew Sanchez

Artist and Poet @alex_andrew_sanchez shares his interest in the convergence of painting and writing. Influenced by regional poetry and literature about Los Angeles, Alex is not as interested in stories of murder as he is in "the everyday violence that doesn't kill you, like riding the bus." If it sounds like Charles Bukowski might come up in this episode, it's because he does.

July 9, 2019

55 Origins and Practice - Michelle Chong

Artist and Licensed Therapist @michellee_chong and I talk art practice and reminisce on the days when rolling around with a SLR film camera strapped around your neck gave you a sense of comfort and responsibility to document your social circle.

July 1, 2019

54 Narrative Therapy - Michelle Chong

Artist and Licensed therapist Michelle Chong talks about her postmodern therapy practice in relation to art making, while I share some of my negative experiences with cognitive behavioral therapy and being turned away by modernist therapists who told me I needed to go to rehab for smoking pot. 

June 24, 2019

53 2020 - Micah Wood

Artist Micah Wood and I talk about a variety of political issues relevant to the 2020 presidential race from a leftist perspective, and Micah has helpful grooming advice for Julian Assange.

June 17, 2019

52 L’Origine du Monde - Micah Wood

Artist Micah Wood shares his research tying Gustave Courbet's L'Origin du Monde to psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, actress Silvia Bataille and intellectual George Bataille, before I pick his brain about contemporary painting.

June 9, 2019

51 Blobs - Laura Hyunjhee Kim

Artist and Author Laura Hyunjhee Kim takes us on a fun ride sharing ideas from her upcoming speculative theory book “Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs” Available June 17, published by @the5accomplices. Support Experimental Non-Fiction, and pre-order a copy today!

June 3, 2019

50 Postmodernism - Adrian Paules

Artist Adrian Paules and I take a non-academic approach to demystifying postmodernism.

May 27, 2019

49 Anne Carlisle - Adrian Paules

Artist Adrian Paules talks about a screen crush he developed while researching Anne Carlisle.

May 20, 2019

48 Playing Roles - Nico Hernandez

May 13, 2019

47 Escapism - Nico Hernandez

May 6, 2019

46 Ashtanga Yoga and Perception Pt II - Sydney Croskery

April 29, 2019

45 Ashtanga Yoga and Perception Pt I - Sydney Croskery

April 22, 2019

44 Venezuela: For a Fistful of Petrodollars

April 7, 2019

43 DABDA - Tony Irons

March 31, 2019

42 Grief and Acceptance - Tony Irons