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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.

April 19, 2021

Kitsch - Anna Breininger

Artist Anna Breininger and try to pin down kitsch only to realize has transcended irony, and evolved in meaning.

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.

July 26, 2020

Trusting Your Work More - Rukudzo Mutambara

Artist and Student @feedartiste takes us back to art school, where we all first became acquainted with ominous self doubt.

July 24, 2020

TEASER - Decolonizing the Self - Abdiel Lopez

Abdiel Lopez returns to talk about the work they've been doing in isolation to deprogram themself from the white supremacy they've internalized. How do the constructs of gender, and race imposed on a body exist when that body is alone for months at a time. We also delv into Abdiel's emerging drag persona, and performance art practice.

 

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July 19, 2020

The Sun is a Perfect Black Body - Lorenzo Baker

Artist Lorenzo Baker Returns to talk about the social changes that have taken place since the last time we spoke about Anti Blackness and White Supremacy.

July 15, 2020

TEASER - Commercialization of Apathy - Matt Miranda

Matt Miranda from the Starts in Epistemic Bottoming episode returns.

 

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July 13, 2020

My Gender is Black - André Terrel Jackson

Artists @andreterreljackson talks about the history of stripes, how race impacts one’s ability to access masculinity, as defined by normative gender standards, and intersectionality as a conversation about power over of one focused on oppression.

June 22, 2020

Film Cameras - Michelle Lisa

Artist and Photographer @lichellemisa gives us a primer on how to select the perfect film camera for you, by taking us on a journey through her experiences shooting with ten different film cameras (and one digital). Throwing hard shade at "Film Bros," Michelle shows us that the best camera's are not always the most hyped, and how the camera you shoot with will affect the relationship you have with your subject. A genuinely passionate conversation that will make you want to break out your cameras and shoot again.

June 8, 2020

Science and Metaphor - Gozié Ojini

Artist Gozié Ojini talks about his research into the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, intentionally growing black mold, and how his scientific research folds into his art practice. We talk a little art, a little science, and a little mysticism in the first episode I recorded after the Corona lockdown began back in march.

June 1, 2020

Intelligent Dance Music, and Natural Dye - Cat Lauigan

Artist and Musician Cat Lauigan and I process the sadness of George Floyd's murder after the first day of riots in Minneapolis. We share experiences we have had with the Amy Coopers in our lives, before reminiscing on the influence the Rave scene had on us as artists. Loud techno, beautiful flyers, nootropic bars, and RAVER FASHION lead us into a conversation about Cat's natural dying practice, in which she makes period inspired clothing of an invented origin using recycled fabrics and natural dying techniques.

May 18, 2020

Universal Basic Income, Two Concepts of Liberty, and Class War

In this solo episode, I revisit Universal Basic Income, and Isaiah Berlin's Two Concepts of Liberty in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic response. 

March 30, 2020

Hospitality - Jacqueline Falcone

March 23, 2020

Buffing Rich People Graffiti - Jordan Baumgarten

March 9, 2020

Starts in Epistemic Bottoming - Matt Miranda

March 2, 2020

Reality TV - Rebecca Forstater