Subtext & Discourse | Art World Podcast

The art world and associated market are famously opaque and can at times be exclusive. Berlin based gallery director and educator Michael Dooney speaks with artists, curators and other professionals who share their personal experiences of this unique field. If you have ever felt unsure about walking into a gallery, wish to understand more about creativity or better understand how this complex industry works, then tune in every second Monday to hear the insightful conversations with these inspiring individuals.

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Monday Aug 03, 2020

Catherine Evans is a Berlin-based Australian artist who works across photography, sculpture and installation. Her work focuses on geologic time and where this intersects with our own human timescales: as found in our bodies, their materiality and our lived-histories through colonialism and archaeology. Initially trained in science, and then photography, her work is characterised by a material intimacy that subverts the utility of everyday materials such as rocks, carpet and sticky tape to give unexpected shifts in our perception of light, weight and balance. After completing her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, she was recipient of a VCA Graduate Mentorship (2013) and Georges Mora Fellowship (2017). She has exhibited widely, most recently her work "Standing Stone" won first prize in the 2020 Neuköllner Kunstpreis, Berlin. Interview with Catherine Evans recorded by Michael Dooney on 15. May 2020 in Neukölln, Berlin. NOTES Full Episode Transcript (online soon) Catherine Evans official website PICTURE BERLIN Official Website Instagram Interiors to Being Festival - PICTURE BERLIN 10th Anniversary Melanie Irwin Susan Jakobs Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Interview in Berlin Art Link DIEresidenz - artists residency in France by Conny Becker LOST ROCKSOfficial Website Instagram 48H Neukölln

Monday Jul 20, 2020

April Gertler is an American artist who has been living and working in Berlin since 2005. She studied at University California, Berkeley (BA, Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies - Hons), California College of the Arts (BFA - Photography) and Bard College (MFA - Photography). April did an exchange semester at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main, which is what initially brought her to Germany. After finishing her MFA, she returned to Frankfurt and subsequently moved to Berlin. April's work is preoccupied with the idea of the communal experience of a moment as an access point. That access point has taken a variety of forms including lecture performance with the sharing of baked goods, one night bars and exhibitions in additional to collaborative durational walks. She has exhibited and taught internationally. In 2009, April started a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange art program PICTURE BERLIN for international artists. The program has developed into multiple programs each year. Last year (2019) marked 10 years of the program and April and her team were awarded a significant Hauptstadtkulturfond from the Ministry of Culture for the project INTERIORS TO BEING, a month long festival of performance, exhibitions, walks and discussions which celebrated the alumni and participating artists from PICTURE BERLIN over the years. Since the start of PICTURE BERLIN, April has been simultaneously working on her own practice which has included other performative and curatorial projects such as Sonntag and TAKE THE CAKE - a hybrid baking show and lecture performance. In the Fall of 2020 April will be opening a new project space in Neukölln called WIRWIR, with Adrian Schiesser. April's most recent projects include the Sonntag Book, an overview of Sonntag - a collaborative project she has been doing with Adrian Schiesser which invites an artist to show their work in a private apartment for a Sunday afternoon presentation. The artist's favourite cake is also served during the matinee exhibition. April and Adrian have been doing the project since 2012. In addition, she recently finished a new episode of TAKE THE CAKE titled, APPELTAART which she performed in Amsterdam. April has been teaching Analog Photography as an Adjunct Professor at Bard College Berlin in Berlin, Germany since Spring 2016. Interview with April Gertler recorded by Michael Dooney on 29. May 2020 in Mitte, Berlin. NOTES Full Episode Transcript (online soon) April Gertler official website PICTURE BERLIN Official Website Instagram Interiors to Being Festival - PICTURE BERLIN 10th Anniversary Field Guide Berlin California College of the Arts Larry Sultan Jim Goldberg SONNTAG Official Website Instagram SONNTAG Book The Green Box TAKE THE CAKEAGALAB Amsterdam Appeltaart

Monday Jul 06, 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. NOTES Full Episode Transcript (online soon) Greenpeace Magazine Corona Diaries Cicha Woda EEP Berlin - Eastern European Photography Gallery Maya Hristova Josephine Demerliac Catherine Evans Moonshake Conny Becker

Monday Jun 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. NOTES Full Episode Transcript (online soon) City of New Castle Art Gallery - Roland Pope art collection Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney Art and About, Public Art Festival Hyde Park Sydney. Jiri Georg Dokoupil CO-LAB The Young Centenary Foundation Centenary Institute in Sydney Karen and Christian Boros Node Centre for Curatorial Studies Berlin A plus A Gallery, VeniceBreakfast Pavilion by M–L–XL & Luca Lo Pinto Silent World plate by Rio Grande (ear plate) Venice School for Curatorial Studies Sacred Ground Festival Exgirlfriend Gallery BerlinFrom the Portfolio of Free Will Independent Collectors BMW Independent Art Guide A Performance Affair Tomás Saraceno Arachnophilia

Monday Jun 08, 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. NOTES Full Episode Transcript (online soon) David Charles Collins official homepage Video Art by David Charles Collins Boys! Boys! Boys!Home Page Instagram Little Black Gallery, London Ghislain Pascal Fotografiska New York

Monday 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. NOTES Full Episode Transcript Creative Conversations: Peggy Sue Amison - 20. June 2020 FotoFest Houston, Texas USA East WingHome Page Artsy Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh IrelandHome Page Facebook Instagram Twitter ...

Monday 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. NOTES Full Episode Transcript Joséphine Demerliac Official Le Soleil BrûleTrailer Facebook Instagram La Bombe Sloth MagazineMore than a character an individuality

Sunday Apr 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. NOTES 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 ADDITIONAL REFERENCES Timo Miettinen Collection, Dreamaholic Weserburg Bremen Elina Brotherus Maija Tammi, One of Them is a Human Partnership with Vienna Design Week and focus on Vienna 100 Years of Finland Raumlabor collaboration, what does home mean in mobile times? The Interplay Between Humans and Nature Kunsthalle Lübeck, Helsinki School Exhibition Leipzig Book Fair, Book Reviews on Instagram: Rosa Liksom Tuutikki Tolonen Ateneum - Finnish National Gallery Helene Schjerfbeck, The Convalescent, 1888 National Art Musuem Stockholm Bröhan Museum Panel discussion "Sophisticated Pop" 12.02.2020

Sunday Apr 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 Home Page: Instagram: Libken Sommerakademie: SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering) MICHAEL DOONEY JARVIS DOONEY

Monday Mar 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 Home Page: Instagram: ZERO WASTE: Hannah Beck-Mannagetta (instagram): ZERO WASTE Home Page: Instagram: SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering) MICHAEL DOONEY JARVIS DOONEY

Sunday Mar 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 Home Page: Instagram: Facebook: Youtube: THE OTHER SIDE with Tanvir Taolad: Luisa Catucci Gallery: Karl Oskar Gallery SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering) MICHAEL DOONEY Promoting Your Photography in the Art World: Private Coaching Sessions in Berlin: JARVIS DOONEY

Sunday Feb 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 Home Page Instagram Soundcloud RCA London Moly-Sabata Residency Tator Gallery Marie Jacotey Margaux Clavel SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ MICHAEL DOONEY JARVIS DOONEY

Wednesday Jan 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. ---------- 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. ---------- 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 Orbital Projects - HIATO PROJECTS JARVIS DOONEY SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ MICHAEL DOONEY

Sunday Dec 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. ---------- 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. ---------- Interview with Krista Svalbonas recorded by Michael Dooney on 27. September 2019 in Berlin, Germany. KRISTA SVALBONAS Website Instagram Facebook Fraction magazine JARVIS DOONEY SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ MICHAEL DOONEY

Sunday Dec 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. ---------- 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. ---------- Interview with Louise Crawford and Stéphan Guéneau recorded by Michael Dooney on 30. July 2019 in Berlin, Germany. LOUISE CRAWFORD AND STÉPHAN GUÉNEAU Website Soundcloud JARVIS DOONEY SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ MICHAEL DOONEY

Saturday Nov 02, 2019

In today’s episode of the Subtext & Discourse podcast we'll hear from Berlin based photographer Martin Waltz. Martin is a photographer, photography educator and writer, who serves as editor of the German Street Photography Site and curator of the German Street Photography Festival. He has written and contributed to several books on street photography including the award-winning “Streetfotografie – Made in Germany” published by Rheinwerk Verlag. Martin has won numerous international photography competitions, as well as having his work exhibited in New York, London, Dublin, Rome, Bucharest and Berlin. Martin is a passionate photography teacher, offering street photography workshops in Berlin. Interview with Martin U Waltz recorded by Michael Dooney on 7. August 2019 in Berlin, Germany. MARTIN U WALTZ Website Workshops German Street Photography Festival Instagram Twitter PORTFOLIO Mallorca Beach Photo Essay Berlin Flat White Berlin Fragments BOOKS Masters of Street Photography Streetfotografie - Made in Germany JARVIS DOONEY MICHAEL DOONEY

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