Weird Sounds is
a podcast companion to the Boston Art Book Fair
Weird Sounds Episode 8
Oliver and Randi sat down with Emily Isenberg, Founder and President of Isenberg Projects, to learn more about her and her team of community strategists, creatives, tastemakers, deal makers, producers and artists – all, as she describes it, “obsessed with culture and driven by insatiable curiosity.
Weird Sounds Episode 7
Oliver and Randi talk with Yng-Ru Chen, founder and CEO of Praise Shadows Art Gallery, a hybrid space that opened in Boston’s Coolidge Corner neighborhood in 2021. The gallery serves as a lively space for exhibitions by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, a retail space for art books and more affordable works made by artists, and a platform for mentorship for young talent in the Greater Boston area.Their work is local, global, and virtual.
Weird Sounds Episode 6
Oliver and Randi talk with Jameson Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief at Boston Art Review. Like many of us in the arts, Jameson wears a variety of hats. In addition to her tireless work for Boston Art Review, she is a writer, editor, independent curator, and is also the Marketing Associate at MIT’s acclaimed List Visual Arts Center.
Weird Sounds Episode 5
Oliver and Randi talk with designer, educator and publisher Kathleen Sleboda, co-founder and design director of Draw Down Books, an independent publisher and bookseller, and the primary at Gluekit. Kathleen teaches at the University of Connecticut, Boston University, and Rhode Island School of Design, where she co-designed the course Newly Formed with her partner and frequent collaborator, Christopher Sleboda.
Weird Sounds Episode 4
Oliver and Randi talk to Paul Soulellis, an artist and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the founder of Queer.Archive.Work, an independent non-profit that supports artists, writers, and activists who share studio space for queer publishing. Paul is also Head of the Department of Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Weird Sounds Episode 3
In this episode, Randi & Oliver talk to Liza Quiñonez and Marka27 - the duo behind Street Theory Gallery.
Murals for the Movement, Dumbo Brooklyn, Fall 2021
Murals for the Movement @MFA 2020
We talk about artists including:
As well as Liza’s role as City of Boston’s Transformative Public Art Mural Consultant (aka Mural Czar), VERZUZ, And some of Marka27’s earlier projects: MiniGod speakers
Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM): The Encyclopedia of Camouflage
Make the Road New York
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo ; see also Michael Boogaloo Shrimp Turbo
There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs, Kool Mo Dee
Weird Sounds Episode 2
Oliver and Randi talk to Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom
Learn more about the writers, artists and projects discussed in this episode:
Michael Patrick MacDonald and his compelling stories about growing up in Southie in the 70s,
Krzysztof Wodicko’s 1998 projection on the Bunker Hill Monument, and Yellowstone Revealed, a series of public art projects organized by Mountain Time Arts and sited within Yellowstone between June 2022 and May 2023, coinciding with and responding to Yellowstone Park’s 150th anniversary.
Think more about swimming and activism:
Check out The Harlem Honeys & Bears, a senior-citizen synchronized swimming team,
The Swim Safely Partnership, launched by former Boston Mayor Kim Janey, and
Ebony Rosemond’s Black Kids Swim in Maryland, including a webinar series “The Goree Project” connecting swimmers in Maryland and the Washington DC area with Goree Island in Dakar, Senegal.
Dive into artist projects centering water and segregation:
Victoria Prizzia’s POOL: A Social History of Segregation
Joyce Scott’s project at Druid Hill Park Pool #2 in Baltimore
Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom’s exhibition Rights Along the Shore, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, April 22-May 28, 2022
Kelly Outdoor Ice Skating rink in Jamaica Plain, MA
Listen to More Podcasts:
- Jacobin’s People’s History Podcast, E.5, about South Boston’s Carson Beach and segregation
- Luminary’s Fiasco Podcast, Season 3 on Desegregation and Carson Beach,
- Rialto Report–Golden Age of Adult Film
TriPod: New Orleans at 300, series on the history of New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina
Donna Haraway, Staying With the Trouble
Weird Sounds Episode 1
In this episode, hosts Randi Hopkins and Oliver Mak talk to artist Kristin Texeira about her work, collaborations, and life. And, briefly, about sassafras.
Resources for this episode:
- More about artist Kristin Texeira here.
- Learn about KT’s “fave art duo” Josef and Anni Albers here and here
- Check out Carraig-na-gCat, their artist residency in West Cork, Ireland.
- Images of Kristin’s Colors of Music series.
- The Bat-Signal
Colors of Music (thank you Ellen Buchanan!)
Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo, by Ntozake Shange