Subtext & Discourse
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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  • Full Episode Transcript
  • 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

Interview with Maria Gracia de Pedro | EP17 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Maria Gracia de Pedro | EP17 Subtext & Discourse

January 15, 2020

Welcome back everyone and hope that you had a great start to the New Year! It took a little longer that I had hoped to get the first episode online for 2020, however you'll soon find out that it was worth the wait. In today's episode I am speaking with Maria Garcia de Pedro. We first met a few years ago during Talking Galleries Barcelona and have been in contact since then. The plan was to record a podcast during LOOP Barcelona, but it just wasn't possible during the busy schedule. However following a hectic finish to 2019 and equally merry festive season we managed to record our conversation over Skype in the first week of the New Year.

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Maria Gracia de Pedro (b.1990) lives and works in Madrid, Spain. She holds a BA in Fine Arts (University of Zaragoza) and an MA in the Art Market (UDIMA-CEF University), with an Executive Certificate in Leadership in Visual Arts management (Deusto Business School, Guggenheim and NYU University) and an Entrepreneurial Certificate of Citizen Bootcamp (Deusto Business School and City Bank). Currently she is developing an PhD research, specialised in emerging artists.

She is the director of JosédelaFuente (Spain), co-founder of Hiato Projects, fundraiser officer for Vessel (Italy), editor at Daily Lazy, and guest lecturer at URJC (Spain).

Past work experience includes: Ruber Contemporanea (IT), Aldama Fabre (ES), Waterside Contemporary (UK) and Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea (IT).

Maria is member of TIAMSA and IAC.

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Interview with Maria Gracia de Pedro recorded by Michael Dooney on 3. January 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Pedro Zarzoso.

MARIA GRACIA DE PEDRO

JOSÉDELAFUENTE

HIATO PROJECTS

JARVIS DOONEY

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ

MICHAEL DOONEY

Interview with artist Krista Svalbonas | EP16 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with artist Krista Svalbonas | EP16 Subtext & Discourse

December 22, 2019

In what will likely be the last interview for 2019, today I'm speaking with Krista Svalbonas. Krista not only took part in the Jarvis Dooney Postcard Salon but also surprised me in Arles when she booked me to review her portfolio during the opening week of the festival. Krista shares a lot of insight into her project about displaced person camps in Germany which she has been documenting for the past few years, her unique photographic process, as well as how this personal story and shared history is very relevant in these uncertain times.

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Krista Svalbonas (b.1977, USA) holds a BFA Photography (Syracuse University) and an MFA Interdisciplinary (SUNY New Paltz). Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions including at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Klompching Gallery and ISE Cultural Foundation in New York. Her work has been collected in a number of private collections, as well as the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Recent awards include the Rhonda Wilson Award (2017), Puffin Foundation Grant (2016) and a Bemis Fellowship (2015) among others. In 2015 Svalbonas exhibited a solo installation at the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina. She is an assistant professor of photography at St. Joseph’s University. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

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Interview with Krista Svalbonas recorded by Michael Dooney on 27. September 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

KRISTA SVALBONAS

JARVIS DOONEY

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ

MICHAEL DOONEY

Interview with artist couple Louise Crawford & Stéphan Guéneau | EP15 Subtext & Discourse

Interview with artist couple Louise Crawford & Stéphan Guéneau | EP15 Subtext & Discourse

December 15, 2019

As 2019 draws to an end we have a couple more interviews with participants of our second Postcard Salon which took place at the beginning of this year. Back in July I met up with Louise Crawford and Stéphan Guéneau, artist couple from Scottland and France respectively. We speak about their series 36 Related Objects, their love of large format analogue photography and the inevitable transition to a digital workflow.

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Louise Crawford (Scotland) and Stéphan Guéneau (France) work on large format analogue photography (4X5), 16mm films and installations. They live in Paris and Berlin.

Louise Crawford studied at Falmouth School of Art in England followed by a postgraduate year at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. Stéphan Guéneau studied in l’École des Beaux-Arts de Rouen in France and in the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. They are both Le Fresnoy — Studio national des arts contemporains alumni.

They have been collaborating since 2000. Recurrent themes throughout their work are; an interest in contemporary history and its impact on urban space and landscape, film —and the film noir aesthetic—, the archive as document/as artwork, the half-tone image and its relationship to history, archiving and cataloging.

In April 2019, they had a screenprinting residency with Atelier #808080 in association with La Maison Julien Graq; in 2016, a post-production residency with Light Cone in Paris to re-master and digitize 2 film works and in 2014 were chosen for an Écritures de Lumières’ academic photography residency at Pierre & Marie Curie college in Bolbec, Normandy. In 2010 they were commissioned by the Goethe Institut and the French Alliance in Glasgow to produce a series of photographs celebrating the 20th anniversary of German Reunification shown at Street Level Photography Gallery during Glasgow International and in 2008 they were commissioned by L’Onde Art Centre outside of Paris to produce a series of photographs exhibited in advertising panels throughout the city of Velizy-Villacoublay.

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Interview with Louise Crawford and Stéphan Guéneau recorded by Michael Dooney on 30. July 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

LOUISE CRAWFORD AND STÉPHAN GUÉNEAU

JARVIS DOONEY

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ

MICHAEL DOONEY