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Piotr Pietrus - artist & social activist photographer | EP27 Subtext & Discourse

Piotr Pietrus - artist & social activist photographer | EP27 Subtext & Discourse

July 6, 2020

Piotr Pietrus is a Polish born artist and social activist photographer. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany in 2008, and went on to do a masterclass with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, where he now lives and works. Possessing a strong contemporary documentary practice, his work investigates the sites where the poetic and political intersect in the wake of a growing resistance towards social injustice and the ecological crises. His work has been published widely including Greenpeace Magazin, Monopol, Süddeutche Zeitung Magazin, Der Greif, VICE, If You Leave, Phases and Aint Bad Magazine among others. Recently he exhibited with EEP Berlin, a new curatorial initiative dedicated to showcasing the strongest Eastern European photography to Berlin audiences.

Interview with Piotr Pietrus recorded by Michael Dooney on 15. May 2020 in Neukölln, Berlin.

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Interview with Georgie Pope | EP26 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Georgie Pope | EP26 Subtext & Discourse

June 22, 2020

Georgina Pope is a Berlin based curator who started her career working at commercial galleries and project spaces in Sydney, Australia. She is currently a curator for Independent Collectors, a digital platform for art collectors and the largest non-commercial archive of private collections worldwide. Georgie also works as art mediator at The Bunker Berlin, a heritage listed World War II air-raid shelter and home to Karen and Christian Boros private collection of contemporary art.

Completing the Curatorial Practice and Contemporary Arts course at the School for Curatorial Studies Venice in 2018 consolidated her previous art world experiences. This enabled her individual curatorial interests to become more focused on activation of art works; whether through education, presentation or other forms of audience engagement. Leading to an increased involvement with preformative art and the opportunities this experiential medium provides - not least of which includes the increased interest from art collectors who wish to support and be more involved in this recently institutionalised part of the art world and relative newcomer to the art market.

Interview with Georgina Pope recorded by Michael Dooney on 12. May 2020 in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

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Interview with David Charles Collins | EP25 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with David Charles Collins | EP25 Subtext & Discourse

June 8, 2020

David Charles Collins (b. 1988, Perth, Australia) is an artist examining perceptions of identity and masculinity through the mediums of photography, performance and video. Based in Sydney since 2016, David graduated with an MFA from Sydney College of the Arts in 2017 under the supervision of Australian contemporary artist Julie Rrap.

David’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions including solo shows at Perth Centre for Photography and STILLS Gallery as well as group exhibitions such as Pingyao photography festival in China. Most recently his work has been included in BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! a project by The Little Black Gallery, curated by co-founder Ghislain Pascal, to promote queer and gay photography.

Publications which have reviewed David's work include: Australian Art Collector Magazine, Art Guide Australia, Scoop magazine and The Age. His work is held in collections including the Art Gallery Of Western Australia and the University of Western Australia’s Lawrence Wilson Gallery.

Interview with David Charles Collins recorded by Michael Dooney on 12. May 2020 between Berlin & Sydney with Squadcast.

Photo by Adrian Pinto.

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Interview with Peggy Sue Amison | EP24 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Peggy Sue Amison | EP24 Subtext & Discourse

May 25, 2020

Peggy Sue Amison is the Artistic Director for East Wing - a platform for photography founded in Doha, Qatar. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, Peggy Sue has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally.

Prior to working with East Wing, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland (2001 – 2014) where she headed a multidisciplinary visual arts and residency programme. Her passion lies in creating synergies between artists and professional organisations.

Peggy Sue has been an invited speaker, juror and critic at numerous meeting places for photography and contests including board member of Belfast Photo Festival from 2012 - 2016. For the last six years she has also contributed to the development of the artist residency programme, PICTURE BERLIN in Germany.

Peggy Sue has curated exhibitions in Dubai, Ireland, Berlin, Poland, Denmark and China, written for various international photographic publications and artist catalogues and has independently produced photographic events.

Interview with Peggy Sue Amison recorded by Michael Dooney on 25. April 2020 between Berlin & San Diego with Squadcast.

Photo by Michael MacSweeney / Provision, In Transit at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland.

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Interview with Joséphine Demerliac | EP23 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Joséphine Demerliac | EP23 Subtext & Discourse

May 11, 2020

Joséphine Demerliac (b.1992 Paris) is a Berlin based film director. Her first experience as a writer and producer was at 17 years old, staging a one time musical in Burgundy, France. After an Erasmus at the Freie Universität Berlin, she completed her Master in Economics at Sorbonne University, Paris. Since graduating, Joséphine has been living and working in Berlin where she regularly collaborates with other international artists.

Parallel to working for award-winning production companies and technology startups, Joséphine has been shooting music videos for both her own compositions and other artists. In 2017 her piece La Bombe was nominated for the Berlin Music Video Awards, where it was screened alongside Coldplay, Massive Attack and Jamie XX. Her debut feature length film Le Soleil Brûle starring actors Dimitri Stapfer, Cecil von Renner and Zou is soon to be released.

Interview with Joséphine Demerliac recorded by Michael Dooney on 16. April 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

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Interview with Laura Hirvi | EP22 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Laura Hirvi | EP22 Subtext & Discourse

April 26, 2020

Laura Hirvi is the director of the Finnland-Institut in Deutschland (Germany), a forum for Finnish culture & arts, academia, and business in the German-speaking region. In this episode we learn about about her German-Finnish background and growing up with two cultural identities, her time spent in the USA and Asia, and how these experiences led her to become director of the Finnland-Institut in Deutschland.

Since entering this role in 2015 Laura has increased the exchange between Berlin and Helsinki, as well as establishing and nurturing networks throughout Germany, Austria & Switzerland for promoting Finnish culture. The 2020 thematic focus at the Institute The Interplay Between Humans and Nature is especially timely in light of COVID-19 and heightened awareness of climate change.

Interview with Laura Hirvi recorded by Michael Dooney on 20. March 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

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  • As is the case with the majority of cultural programs throughout 2020, the schedule of exhibitions and events associated with The Interplay Between Humans and Nature has unfortunately been postponed. At the time of writing it is hoped that the schedule will resume in Autumn, in the mean time the Finnland-Institut in Deutschland is concentrating on providing more online content such as:
    • Book Reviews and a series on their Visiting Artists via Instagram
    • Studying and internship consultation online by their colleague Janne Airaksinen. Janne also updated their leaflet "Studium und Praktikum in Finnland" (PDF in German) and is preparing a webinar.
    • As a part of the network of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes, Germany is engaged in the brand new funding project Together Alone seeking artistic proposals related to topics like "state of emergency, radical change, resilience, artistic practice in the future, alone together". So far, they have received about 250 applications!
    • Video Live stream on 4. June 2020 of Das Einhorn – Die Geschichte eines ambivalenten Fabelwesens
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Interview with Alexander Gehring | EP21 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Alexander Gehring | EP21 Subtext & Discourse

April 12, 2020

In today's episode I catch up with Berlin based artist and photographer Alexander Gehring. We met at his shared colour darkroom in Prenzlauer Berg where he prints his personal photographic projects. Working as a professional photographer Alexander has shot for a number of major publications throughout Germany, including but not limited to:

Die Zeit, Zeit Magazin, Zeit Campus, Zeit Wissen, SZ Magazin, Capital, TAZ, Weltkunst, brandeins, Neon, Nido, Rolling Stone, Intro, Die Welt, Libération, Missy Magazin, 39 Null Magazin, bureau B, The Forumist, Bedroom Community, ideologic, studio stg, buero David Voss.

He also shot my portrait featured in the Subtext & Discourse podcast title image!

Interview with Alexander Gehring recorded by Michael Dooney on 13. March 2020 in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany.

ALEXANDER GEHRING

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering)

MICHAEL DOONEY

JARVIS DOONEY

Interview with Lena Fließbach | EP20 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Lena Fließbach | EP20 Subtext & Discourse

March 30, 2020

Still hard to comprehend how much the world has changed since this interview was recorded only four weeks ago, when I met up with Berlin based curator and author Lena Fliessbach to learn about her journey as an independent curator. As the pandemic was still yet to hit, there is of course no mention of it during our conversation. However her latest exhibition ZERO WASTE, which was due to open at the Museum of Visual Arts in Leipzig on the 26th of March 2020, is unfortunately postponed until further notice. I hope that we will still get to see this show as it presents many big picture issues - such as sustainability, globalisation and industrialised animal agriculture - which we are now all forced to contend with.

Lena Fliessbach (b. 1982, Hamburg) has been working as a curator and author since 2007. She completed her studies in art history, modern history and Latin American studies at the Free University of Berlin and the Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2010 with the master's thesis "Aspects of Staging in Contemporary Street Photography". 2010-2011 she worked at Wenders Images and organised various exhibitions and book projects for Donata and Wim Wenders. After which she was the first participant in the two year curatorial program at Galerie im Turm, the municipal gallery Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Since then Lena has worked as an independent curator on a number of significant exhibition projects, often in collaboration with Hannah Beck-Mannagetta, which typically include an educational component under the title Walk the Talk. Her latest exhibition ZERO WASTE "takes a critical look at the current condition of our planet but also aims to imagine possible solutions, encourage alternative scopes of action, and propose visions for the future." More information about ZERO WASTE is available on the website of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, as well as the official exhibition instagram account.

Interview with Lena Fließbach recorded by Michael Dooney on 28. February 2020 in Wedding-Berlin, Germany.

LENA FLIESSBACH

ZERO WASTE

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering)

MICHAEL DOONEY

JARVIS DOONEY

Interview with Boris Eldagsen | EP19 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Boris Eldagsen | EP19 Subtext & Discourse

March 15, 2020

Hope that everyone is taking care in light of current events and the uncertain outcome of the corona virus. In today's episode of Subtext & Discourse I caught up with Berlin based photo media artist Boris Eldagsen. I've known Boris for many years now and in fact interviewed him back in 2014 when we presented his series Safety by Numbers in a group show about typologies.

Picking up where the previous conversation left off, we find out how his artistic process has evolved over the past six years, the new direction his work has taken, how photography festivals were a game changer, the influence of Roger Ballen on his work and upcoming solo exhibition this summer during the 2020 edition of Les Rencontres d'Arles in the south of France.

Interview with Boris Eldagsen recorded by Michael Dooney on 14. February 2020 at Boris's studio in Berlin, Germany.

BORIS ELDAGSEN

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering)

MICHAEL DOONEY

JARVIS DOONEY

Interview with Marina Stanimirovic | EP18 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Marina Stanimirovic | EP18 Subtext & Discourse

February 16, 2020

In today's episode of Subtext & Discourse I'm speaking with Berlin based artist Marina Stanimirovic who creates contemporary jewellery, sound and installation art. Starting her journey in her home city of Paris at École Boulle, continuing to SEPR in Lyon and completing her MA at the RCA London; Marina shares these life changing experiences with us, the push and pull between contemporary art and contemporary design, as well as her first solo exhibition at Gallery Tator following a residency at Moly Sabata in France.

Interview with Marina Stanimirovic recorded by Michael Dooney on 24. January 2020 at Marina's studio in Berlin, Germany.

MARINA STANIMIROVIC

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ

MICHAEL DOONEY

JARVIS DOONEY

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