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Glitter & Doom
22 minutes | 15 days ago
Ep. 19: Celebrate With Me (feat. Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine)
It's season three of Glitter & Doom, and this time around, we're tackling the theme of reinvention. With the concert series Celebrate Brooklyn! moved online this year, the programmers at BRIC had a decision to make: what would they do with the concert venue? They tapped artists Oasa DuVerney and Mildred Beltré, together known as the Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine, to reinvent the Prospect Park bandshell as a public art space. Using neon ribbon, they created an installation featuring the woven words "come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed," from a poem by Lucille Clifton. MacKenzie talks to Oasa, Mildred, and Clifton scholar Rachel Harding about Black sisterhood, resilience, and community.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 18: A Warrior’s Account (feat. Native American Prisoners of War)
After the Red River War in 1874, drawing was one of the few sanctioned ways that the prisoners of Fort Marion were able to keep their cultural traditions alive. Back home on the Plains, they would have commemorated a successful battle by depicting it on a buffalo hide, but in Florida, where they had been shipped off and stripped of their communities, these men drew what they knew on what they had – and for some, it was lined ledger paper. Emil Her Many Horses (curator, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian) speaks about the history, the practice and the people at Fort Marion.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 17: Friday, I'm in Love (feat. Robinson Crusoe)
In all of literature, Robinson Crusoe is certainly among the most isolated of characters. Dude was stranded on an island for 28 years. For most of that time he is entirely alone except for his pets and God, who is a notoriously bad conversationalist. But was Crusoe *lonely*? MacKenzie speaks to scholars about Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, and how his loneliness speaks loudly in times of pandemics and major social movements.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 16: Solitary (feat. Ojore Lutalo)
There's been a massive outpouring of support or Brooklyn's bail funds and, thankfully, pro bono representation is popping up everywhere. However, that doesn't mean other parts of the country don't need your support. Here are a few places where you can help:Black Lives Matter Birmingham Bail Support - https://cash.app/$STARROBB Freedom Fighter Bail FundBLM Charleston Bail FundRichmond Community Bail FundBlack Lives Matter West Virginia
22 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 15: Watercolor Friends (feat. Nelly Toll)
Nelly Toll was eight or nine when she painted, “A Trip With Father: A Present for Good Behavior," in 1943. At the time she painted it, Nelly hadn’t been outside in probably a year. She was Jewish, and she and her mother were in hiding in Lwów, Poland. Today, Dr. Toll is self-isolating like the rest of us, and speaks to MacKenzie about her childhood in hiding and her watercolor box.
19 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 14: Never Fear, Write King Lear (feat. William Shakespeare)
We’re back! Welcome to the second season of Glitter & Doom, where we’ll be exploring artists in isolation. If you’re on Twitter, you might remember a meme-storm in early March after Roseanne Cash tweeted: “Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear.” With the help of Andrew Dickson, author of The Globe Guide to Shakespeare, we try and figure out if Shakespeare actually *did* write King Lear while under quarantine, and which one of Lear’s daughters was the actual, literal worst.
1 minutes | 8 months ago
UPDATE: Glitter and Doom, Season 2
Hey there! What's everyone been up to? Anything new? Glitter & Doom has been taking a short break but it's back for its second season and cooking up some new episodes for you to listen to while you switch from your night pajamas to your day pajamas.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep. 13: The Good Ship Satire (feat. Dave Eggers)
What do Trump rallies, German interior décor and the Village People have to do with author, Dave Eggers? Does satire still have a role to play when reality reads like an Onion article? Dave Eggers says yes. His new book, The Captain and the Glory, follows the grim misadventures of a narcissistic, incompetent sea captain steering a cruise ship called The Glory. Before long, he and his supporters are throwing dark-skinned passengers overboard to chants of “Drown the brown!” The metaphor isn’t subtle, but then again, these aren’t subtle times.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 12: Drawing a Blank (feat. Liana Finck)
What do microaggressions, sea captains and spam email have to do with artist, Liana Finck? As a shy person who struggled with social interactions, illustrator and cartoonist, Liana Finck made notes and drawings as a way to figure out how to fit in. “Passing for Human” is the title of one of her three books. But at a certain point, she started wondering, what if this isn’t just me? Liana would find herself in awkward situations because she was behaving in a way she wasn’t supposed to. But who decides how women are supposed to behave?
46 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 11: Take It To The Would Be (feat. Stephanie Dinkins)
What do killer robots, psychedelics and a woman named Susan Bennett have to do with artist, Stephanie Dinkins? When we talk about robots, the conversation is likely to be negative, if not downright dystopian. If you type “robots are” into google, the predictive text—which is itself a form of artificial intelligence—suggests “robots are taking over,” “robots are coming,” and “robots are stealing our jobs.” It also suggests, “robots are people too.” Artist Stephanie Dinkins found herself engaged in this very conversation with a robot by the name of Bina48, and it changed the trajectory of her artistic practice. Dinkins now finds herself presenting on artificial intelligence, race, and equity, often the lone artist in a room full of technologists.
46 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 10: Improvising While Black (feat. mayfield brooks)
What do peanut recipes, mysterious photographs and compost have to do with artist mayfield brooks? In their upcoming performance, “Viewing Hours,” mayfield brooks embraces the tradition of artists putting their bodies on the line for the sake of their practice. Upon entry, audiences are met with the sight of mayfield lying naked and prone under 40 pounds of compost, in simulation of a wake. In this piece, brooks uses their training as a dancer, performer and urban farmer to examine the commodification, death and decay of black bodies, and to investigate the act of witnessing and profiting off of black grief. mayfield brooks recently joined MacKenzie in the studio to discuss George Washington Carver, Marsha P Johnson and improvising while black. “Viewing Hours” will be performed on January 20th at the 8th Floor in Manhattan. For more tickets and information, visit: https://bit.ly/2u6nFHX
47 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 9: Back to the Future (feat. Dread Scott)
What do Janelle Monae, Yelp reviews of plantations and Russian Dixies have to do with artist, Dread Scott? Dread Scott wants us to remember that history is not so far from our present. His work often looks to the past in order to imagine a more just future, and perhaps no project embodies that more as his recent "Slave Rebellion Reenactment." In this piece, Scott brought the Slave Rebellion of 1811 back to life in New Orleans over the course of two days back in November, and he joined MacKenzie in the studio to talk about the project, his influences and punching Nazis.
52 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 8: The Show About The Show About The Show (feat. Caveh Zahedi)
What do the Zodiac and a spiritual entity named Seth have to do with filmmaker, Caveh Zahedi? Zahedi has been making documentaries for almost three decades, and before we booked him on the show, the only things MacKenzie knew about him were gleaned through season one of his autobiographical “The Show about the Show” and a New York Times Magazine profile that came out this fall, coinciding with the launch of season two. The title of that article: “A Filmmaker Bared His Soul. It Ruined His Life.”
39 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 7: Take Cover! (feat. Edel Rodriguez)
It's a virtual certainty that you've seen Edel Rodiguez's illustrations. A prolific artist and political cartoonist, he's gained recent notoriety for his depiction of Donald Trump's face. Always the same, featureless, except for a screaming mouth melting into a puddle; Trump painting himself into an orange corner; Trump with arms aloft holding a bloody knife in one hand, and the severed head of Lady Liberty in the other. Rodriguez’s images pull no punches, and they remind us that these are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary artistic responses. MacKenzie sat down with Edel Rodriguez to talk about everything from fascism, to Communism, to the Irish mafia.
47 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 6: Put The Patriarchy in a Coma (feat. Jami Attenberg)
Jami Attenberg has written seven novels, and has not wasted a single one of them on a male antihero. Her latest book, a humorous and empathetic family drama, does feature a Tony Soprano-like character as the patriarch of the family, but Attenberg puts him in a coma on the very first page. MacKenzie sat down with Attenberg on the release date of "All This Could Be Yours" to talk about toxic masculinity, #MeToo, and gender-neutral storage units.
38 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 5: Like a Snatchural Woman (feat. Marisa Morán Jahn)
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52 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 4: The Pope'll See You Now (feat. Pope.L)
For almost 40 years, Pope.L has challenged his audience both, to look deep into the eyes of American society, and question the very nature of art. Best known for enacting provocative performances in public spaces, Pope.L addresses issues from language to gender, to race to the struggles we face in this late capitalism. His work ranges from performance to painting, video, sculpture, and theater. MacKenzie sat down with Pope.L and went in deep on his latest work at the Whitney (Choir), maneuvering a shlong-like device, and what it takes to crawl through the streets of New York.
36 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 3: Scenes from the Anthropocene (feat. Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky)
The Anthropocene is posited to be the geological era that we are presently inhabiting, an age where the indelible mark of humanity cannot be extracted from the fossil record. In Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky set out to travel the globe to document the impact humans have made on the planet. Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky join MacKenzie in the studio and talk about how humans have fundamentally changed the face of the Earth, while we dive in head first on the Nazca lines of Peru, and an ode to all the elephants we've lost to poaching.
37 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 2: The Immigration Superhighway (feat. Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim)
We're back with episode #2 and this week we are talking about borders. Filmmakers Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim join MacKenzie in the studio to talk about their latest film, Midnight Traveler. Midnight Traveler is a documentary where Afghan director Hassan Fazili is forced to flee the country when the Taliban puts a bounty on his head. We go in deep about the difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee, check out how easy it is to move data over government lines, and check in with our friend, the cinereous vulture.
43 minutes | a year ago
Ep1: The N-word in the Writers' Room (feat. Walter Mosley)
It's our first episode and we've pulled out all the stops. Prolific writer and novelist, Walter Mosley is in the studio and he and MacKenzie talk about writing black male heroes, freedom of speech and his cousin Alberta. Further in the episode we pay an auditory visit to Etheridge Knight (courtesy of the Lakawana Valley Digital Archives and the Scranton Public Library), we talk to a free speech attorney and give Nathaniel Hawthorne a well deserved 3-star rating.
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