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82 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Working With Our Own Hands — 'Shop Talk' with Alexis Oliva & Yanira Lopez
Alexis Oliva and Yanira Lopez are the husband-and-wife duo behind textile design business Yerbamala Designs. They took what some may deem a fun hobby or craft and built a full-fledged business, leaving behind their corporate jobs to develop their textile art practice.We discuss risk taking, supportive partnership, resourcefulness, approaching a new endeavor with gratitude and as a constant learning opportunity and more in our conversation.This episode was recorded live in December 2019 as a part of Shop Talk, a special talk series at Mima Market and happy hour with Radiate Kombucha. We discuss process, inspiration and purpose with local, independent artisans and makers.*Q&A starts at 01:00:42
47 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
The Idea of Play — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Laura Marsh
Laura Marsh is a textile artist with a social practice whose work involves installations, weavings, flags, text and other tactile pieces. We discuss her process, the participatory nature of her work, play and fun as a means of accessibility, creating safe spaces, slow reflection, imagining positive futures for ourselves, generosity, hospitality and more.This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.
41 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
We Are Nature and Nature is Us — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Fereshteh Toosi
Fereshteh Toosi is an artist of Iranian and Azeri ancestry whose work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. We discuss her body of work, including her current project Water Radio: Liquid Intelligence and latest initiative and O, Miami collaboration Reading Camp. Themes that emerge in our discussion include deep listening, the importance of “tuning into” our environments, shared experiences, modes of communication with nature that are beyond the language of words, wonder, imagination and more.This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.
37 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
This Physical Body is Alive— Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Jenna Balfe
Jenna Balfe is a performance artist, musician and activist whose work promotes healing connections between self, other and environment. We discuss her current work, softening the lines of our experiences, the importance of movement, tenderness & compassion, remembering our connection to nature and each other, play & imagination and more.This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.
38 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
A Little Bit Out of the Ordinary — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Richard Vergez
Richard Vergez is a Cuban-American visual and sound artist with a background in graphic design and audio/visual collaboration. We discuss his Art Week installation Weeping Willow, hand-made collage work and sonic compositions. A few themes emerge in the conversation: the value of choice over skill in art, absurdity, nostalgia, the influence of Dada and Fluxus on his work, the importance of creating space in the work (and for ourselves), cutting through excess and more.This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.
70 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Behaving Like Nature, Again — 'Shop Talk' with Gabi Serra and Ruth Jeannoel
Shop Talk is a special talk series hosted by Kidnapped for Dinner at Mima Market and happy hour with Radiate Kombucha. We discuss process, inspiration and purpose with local, independent artisans and makers.On November 15, we hosted a live conversation with Gabi Serra and Ruth Jeannoel around the idea of “making” and building community. In considering this, Gabi and Ruth implicitly ask: What is your relationship to yourself, to your own community and to other communities you may not be a part of? And what are the socio-economic factors that affect these relationships?Ruth is a Full Spectrum birth doula, holistic healer, community organizer, writer and restorative justice trainer & practitioner. She is the founder of non-profit Fanm Saj and a co-founder of Carib Healing Collective.Gabi is a farmer, herbalist and artist. She is a part of Buenezas and Semillas Cooperative.
56 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Eventually, It Makes Sense — 'Shop Talk' with Alexandra Cava Palomino, Susan Cartiglia and Kristen Soller
Shop Talk is a special talk series hosted by Kidnapped for Dinner at Mima Market and happy hour with Radiate Kombucha. We discuss process, inspiration and purpose with local, independent artisans and makers.We kicked this series off on October 18, 2019 with Mima Market’s Alexandra Cava Palomino, Radiate Kombucha’s Susan Cartiglia and Kidnapped For Dinner host Kristen Soller.Being an active participant in our lives, experiences over transactions, fostering genuine care & engagement, and cultivating curiosity over fear are among the themes that emerged in our conversation.
49 minutes | May 21, 2019
The Spaces That We Move In — GeoVanna Gonzalez
What does it mean to be at home? Where and with whom do we get to call home? Who gets to claim space? These questions are extremely charged in the context of urban development, where ‘home’ literally is in flux.GeoVanna Gonzalez offers an artist and curator’s perspective to these questions as we talk about her art & community space Supplement Projects. We talk about what it means for artists to claim and create within space and the part they may play in shifting urban landscapes. For GeoVanna, the role of the artist & curator is undeniably tied to serving community and perhaps for holding, or hosting rather, space to connect with others, develop relationships, build homes - however you define it.GeoVanna is a multidisciplinary artist and curator based between Miami and Berlin. She founded Supplement Projects, an alternative art & community space exploring ideas of domesticity within the urban landscape. As an artist, GeoVanna works with ideas of translation and forms of communication in today’s technological and consumer-driven culture. As a curator, she is interested in collective practice, working outside of institutional spaces and providing a platform for people of diverse backgrounds to have face-to-face conversations and interactions. GeoVanna also co-founded the collaborative project Coin In / Coin Out with artist Angel Garcia and the international reading club and performance art collective Read What You Want.
66 minutes | Apr 13, 2019
The Work Knows Before I Do — Jayme Gershen
Jayme Gershen shares the making of her first documentary Six Degrees of Immigration. As she discusses her development as a filmmaker, she illustrates how starting a new project or trying a new medium, though daunting, can be an important step in expanding and evolving our own creative language. Her story is an example of how the desire to create and share with others can work in tandem with our doubts.Jayme is a filmmaker and a photographer based in Miami, FL. Her work uses universal experiences to shed a surprisingly relatable light on issues that at first-glance seem unfamiliar.Gershen recently premiered her short documentary, Six Degrees of Immigration, at the 2019 Miami International Film Festival, co-winning the Knight Foundation’s Made in MIA Best Short Film Award and is currently working on her first feature length documentary, Birthright?!, which explores what it means to be a hyphenated American through the eyes of Miami’s favorite Cuban-American electro-funk sweethearts, Afrobeta.Gershen works around the globe, filming behind-the-scenes action on feature films and commercials, photographing history for publications like Bloomberg, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and working as a director/cinematographer on a variety of documentaries and doc-style commercial content.
81 minutes | Mar 11, 2019
A Funny Sense of Dissonance — Monica Uszerowicz
Monica Uszerowicz’s experience as a writer cannot be separated from her challenging inner experience. We talk openly about her self-doubt, critical inner voice and self-image, as well as how she is able to find tenderness for herself through a sense of interconnectedness in the world around her. We also talk about the challenges of permalancing, her writing process (or lack thereof), being an “exposed nerve,” stress eating, Miyazaki soundtracks and more.Monica is a Miami-based writer and photographer. She has contributed to a number of arts and culture publications including Hyperallergic, Bomb, Vice, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hazlitt, and Filmmaker Magazine. Monica is also the former Film & Performing Arts Editor for the Miami Rail, an independent extension of the Brooklyn Rail, and currently serves as a web editor for Cultured Magazine.
68 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
Inspiration Comes From Getting Out — Liza Meli
Liza Meli owns and operates BarMeli69, a Mediterranean Restaurant & Wine Bar she opened in 2014. Through our conversation, Liza shares a glimpse of her 30+ years in the restaurant industry and her approach to her latest project. She offers an image of herself as a woman who knows who she is, what she wants and is actively & creatively living out her personal vision.We talk about passion being a foundation to build upon, approaching work as a lifestyle rather than an endeavor compartmentalized from life, being willing to lose in order to gain, trying & failing rather than regretting, how to stay relevant & inspired, owning her role as a female restauranteur and more.Liza, raised in Sydney, Australia and of Greek descent, dedicated herself to travel, dance & music from the 90s to the early 2000s. She toured with her then-husband Flamenco guitarist Alex Fox as his agent, dancer and producer.Following the challenges of a growing family while traveling and an amicable separation from Fox, she rooted herself in Miami, Florida and pursued her passion for food & wine.Liza is no stranger to the restaurant business, getting her first taste of the industry by working at her uncle’s popular Greek seafood restaurant at the age of 15. She owned Ouzo’s Greek Taverna in North Beach and Anise Mediterranean Taverna on the Miami River before opening BarMeli69.
73 minutes | Feb 2, 2019
Give Yourself a Break — Kira Tippenhauer
At the end of 2018, ceramic artist Kira Tippenhauer found herself signing the lease of her very own ceramic studio, a vision she hadn’t planned on realizing any time soon. She shares what lead her to open a space sooner rather than later and how her experience called into question her own resilience, sense of worth and abilities.We cover a number of things including embracing the imperfect, intuition, self-forgiveness & awareness, creating literal and figurative spaces for ourselves, knowing when to work and when to rest and more.Kira Tippenhauer is an artist and the owner of Kiramade, a design line of modern, handmade ceramic homeware inspired by her Afro-Caribbean roots and Haitian heritage.Kira moved to Miami from Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2004. Since earning her MFA in Visual Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design in 2011, she continues to exhibit her collage work and ceramics locally and abroad.Kira incorporates collaborative teaching in her art practice, offering ceramic workshops and classes to people of all ages through her business.
57 minutes | Nov 25, 2018
Unlearning to Relearn — Niki Franco
Kidnapped for Dinner recently partnered with Baiser Beauty to host Woman & Woman, a craft fair celebrating Miami’s up-and-coming women creatives through an intimate, indoor market and special programming, including a live recording of the show with community organizer and artist Niki Franco.Our conversation focused on women’s insecurity, sense of lack vs love, shame and other themes factoring into self-worth and how we show up for ourselves and others.While placing these themes within a larger social and political context, we covered specifics such as non-commercial practices of self-love and care, intention as a kind of freedom, the power of community in healing and reimagining our environment and showing up in all relationships in more loving, honest ways.Niki is a Miami Native of Puerto Rican and Panamanian heritage. As a community organizer, her work addresses issues surrounding systems of power and oppressive narratives and upholds reproductive justice, holistic health and building community.She is the Political Education Director of (F)empower and Civic Engagement Organizer at Power U Center for Social Change.
61 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
No Wrong Notes — Nick Mencia & Oly
Trust, ego, chemistry, playing off of strengths & weaknesses, preserving & sharing ideas and empowering your peers — just a few things we cover with singer-songwriters Nick Mencia and Oly in our conversation about creative partnerships and collaborations.Nick and Oly are members of the newly-formed country supergroup Nick County & The Rainbow Smoke, which includes the respective talents of musicians Rick Moon, Jorge Graupera, Corey Perez, Juan Ledesma and Jason Mavila.Oly is a singer-songwriter, DJ and founder of Let’s Sang, a classic karaoke event for music nerds at Wynwood bar, Gramps. She also organizes LASH Wynwood, a female DJ collective.Nick Mencia is a singer-songwriter, UX designer and self-proclaimed Chihuahua lover. He released his first album, In the Valley of the Red Sun as Nick County in 2017.
58 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
Try All the Flavors of Pizza — Willie Avendano
How do you define yourself? Is it limiting to try? Should you stick to one interest and run with it, or do as much as you can? How do you know which opportunities are worth pursuing?We entertain these questions with Willie Avendano, while discussing how he fell into co-founding 01 in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, a prototyping lab and studio for new educational ideas and products in technology and gaming.Willie has a range of interests and creative pursuits including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, education, art and music. As a new media artist, Willie has exhibited video & sound work at &gallery, Locust Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art and DJs under monikers Yung Algebra and Drake Tears. He graduated from Columbia University in Operations Research and Computer Science.
50 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
It's Like Doing the Impossible — PAXy with Ominé Eager
Yaima Arbona Bello and Maudie Valero founded their arts organization PAXy without prior experience and in spite of other people’s skepticism and the red tape of starting a non-profit and securing funding, among other challenges. Due in part to adaptability while remaining committed to their original creative vision for the org, as well as a spirit of collaboration, they’ve seen steady growth since starting in 2015.PAXy, which stands for “Putting Art in the galaXy,” is a non-profit organization connecting diverse communities through accessible arts programming and outreach. Their main community project, Wake Up Miami!, brings art into the everyday by offering free, live music and performing arts at Miami Metrorail & Metromover stations. Their first “mini concert” was with musician Ominé Eager.Wake Up Miami! was awarded a $50,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for their 2018 programming.
57 minutes | Sep 11, 2018
It's New If You Haven't Seen It — Barron Sherer
While some may take film and other analog media for granted, Barron Sherer immerses himself in it. He talks about how working with moving images can be a precarious act of using and maintaining technology that today could be considered “obsolete,” and more.Barron is a time-based media artist and principal at Obsolete Media Miami (OMM). His background as film archivist, researcher and curator informs his art practice of altering and repurposing sound and moving images. As a 2017 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellow, Barron has curated and co-produced various film programs and festivals for local cinemas, art spaces and moving image archives.In 2015, he co-founded OMM with artist and cultural producer Kevin Arrow as an experimental archive and art project that invites media makers to repurpose their material. OMM presents these materials in new contexts through performances, collaborations and workshops.
56 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
Soul Currency — Christian Portilla
Journalism is not for the faint of heart, especially as a freelancer. Christian Portilla walks us through the highs and lows of developing her journalism career all while maintaining a sense of gratitude and passion. Beyond pitching stories, Christian illustrates the importance of independence, motivation, finding your worth beyond the glamour of working for any one publication or institution, having a solid support system and more.Christian is a journalist focused on diverse, culturally rich stories relevant to the South Florida community and abroad. She is a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Miami Herald and Miami New Times, and hosts a weekly radio show called Meet Them Mondays. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Florida International University.
64 minutes | Aug 17, 2018
Causes and Conditions — Cristina Nosti
Cristina Nosti, the Director of Events and Marketing at Books & Books, speaks about the chaos and magic of working in a small business; the challenges of fulfilling a demanding role that requires energy and creativity while carving out time for personal projects; the proximity of death as one ages and its effect on sense of time, security and being; and more in this episode.In addition to her role at Books & Books, a locally-owned independent bookseller and celebrated community center spanning nine locations, Cristina is a board member of the CINTAS Foundation, which recognizes creative accomplishments and encourages the development of Cuban artists in architecture and design, literature, music composition and visual arts.
67 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Indulge My Foolishness — Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
Jason Fitzroy Jeffers has made a few leaps of faith in his life, including quitting his job at an established newspaper without knowing what would come next; taking time to develop his music career and, inspired by a Reddit thread on tire machèt he found in the midst of a depression, making a short film without prior experience.As Jason shares these "leaps," a few threads emerge in our conversation: trusting yourself and what you love, even if the outcome may be unclear; fueling conversations about what the Caribbean is and how it is depicted in popular consciousness; challenging (resisting, even) what is presented on different digital media platforms in today's social and political climate; and questioning why people have trouble being vulnerable and intimate with one another.Jason is a writer, filmmaker, journalist and musician who hails from Barbados. Above all, he is a passionate storyteller focused on the Caribbean experience and diaspora.He produced and co-wrote, with Keisha Rae Witherspoon, the award-winning and internationally celebrated short film, Papa Machete. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and has since been featured in a number of respected film festivals and platforms such as NPR and the Associated Press. He also produced Swimming in Your Skin Again and Dolfun, two short films featured at Sundance 2016.Jason is a founding member and director of Third Horizon, a media company, film festival and Miami-Based film collective of Caribbean artists, musicians and filmmakers.His most recent endeavor, Foggy Windows, is a “podcast and party decoding the mysteries of love through the history of sweet, sappy R&B.”
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