Episode 661: Chicago New Media and Jon Cates

Episode 661: Chicago New Media and Jon Cates


On this weeks episode, Dana and Brian nerd out with the impressive and eclectic team behind Chicago New Media 1973-1992, currently on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago and presented in partnership with Video Game Art Gallery. Guests Jon Cates, Tiffany Funk, Chaz Evans and Jonathan Kinkley talk us through the major historical moments in Chicago New Media history, including, but definitely not limited to, the midwest origins of Mortal Kombat. Oh, also, we’re all wearing costumes.

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TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (11/8-11/14)

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (11/8-11/14)

1. The Unbearable Brightness of Spot November 10, 2018, 6-9PM Work by: Nancy Y. Kim boundary: 2334 W 111th Pl, Chicago, IL 60643   2. International Black Writers Conference, Revisited November 10, 2018, 11AM-6PM With: Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Alice Browning, avery...

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Episode 660: Matthew Thurber

Duncan and Matthew discuss what the art world feels likes, how a comic can be institutional critique, and what good art might be, all from the basement of Quimby’s Chicago!

From Drawn and Quarterly the publisher of Art Comic…

Matthew Thurber’s unpredictable practice has included: Mining the Moon, a full length musical play; Moon Tube, a week of movies each made in a single day; an olfactory performance, dressed as a giant nose; Mouse Maze, a mosaic labyrinth installed in an elementary school; Terpinwoe, choreographed noise dance about a carrot-based economy; an interactive novel about handwriting analysis.

As Ambergris and in other ensembles he has performed at the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Hammer Museum, the Fumetto Festival, Abrons Art Center, and in an eyeglass store. He co-founded Tomato House, an art gallery in operation from 2012-2015, with Rebecca Bird. Finally he is the author of 1-800-MICE, INFOMANIACS, and Art Comic. T

Hurber resides in New York’s Hudson Valley where he is working on animated and live action film projects. He is the operator of Mrs William Horsley, a mobile theater devoted to creating works of narrative experimentation and scientific investigation using puppetry. Thurber curates the Sweet16 Cinema Club, a film series dedicated to watching films on film.

Episode 659: Beatriz Santiago Munoz


Bad at Sports Center has a full house for today’s episode with hosts Jesse Malmed, Dana Bassett & the one and only DJ Super Older Brother in the studio with artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Assistant Director of Exhibitions at SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Hannah Barco. Muñoz & Barco walk us through “Safehouse”, the culmination of a two-year project conducted in Puerto Rico and Chicago in partnership with Sullivan Galleries. Muñoz discusses her research into the history of the Puerto Rican Anti-Colonialist Movement, and gives our host some insight into her process and philosophy around the documentary and exploratory style of film and exhibition making. Not to be missed!

Episode 658: Lit y Luz

Dana hosts solo on this episode of Bad at Sports Center featuring curators Esteban King of Espac in Mexico City and Mia Lopez of the DePaul Art Museum, alongside artists Tamara Becerra Valdez and Alejandro Jiménez Flores. Our guests bring us into their textually inspired exhibition “So close, far away” (Tan cerca, tan lejos) which opens Saturday, October 13th at Sector 2327. Sector’s last ever exhibition, “So close, far away” is presented in partnership with the Lit y Luz Festival, celebrating and exchanging culture between Mexico City and Chicago. Our guests discuss the discursive and experiential aspects of the show, and Alejandro treats us to a short poetry reading. We threw in a little gossip at the end just for fun. More information about “So close, far away” and Lit y Luz can be found at https://www.litluz.org/.

Episode 567: Balas and Wax


On this illustrious episode of Bad@SportsCenter, Brian and Ryan chat with the collaborative, Balas & Wax, about their current project Settlement, sponsored by Chicago’s Threewalls. Susy Bielak is an artist, writer, curator, and educator, and Fred Schmalz is and artist, poet, and editor. Under their collaborative moniker, the partnership focuses on the peculiarities of contemporary cities, generated from a foundation of ethnographic and journalistic research and healthy touch of the absurd.

Episode 656: Brett Cook

Live from the patio of the Oakland Museum!

Artist, organizer, spiritualist Brett Cook enlightens us on the structure of dialogue and how we as artists can provide platforms for others. we also stared towards the negotiation of power relationships within the visual and the social. We also wrestle with how an audience can more completely understand artists and their production.

All of us struggle with validation in the context of separation and exclusion.

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (11/1-11/7)

1. …to make them endure, give them space. November 3, 2018, 6-9PM Work by: Alejandro Jiménez-Flores BAR4000: 2000 W Carroll Ave. Chicago IL, 60612   2. Now More Than Ever November 2, 2018, 6-9PM Work by: Emmy Lingscheit Spudnik Press Cooperative: 1821 W Hubbard...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (10/25-10/31)

1. No Tomorrow October 26, 2018, 5-8PM Work by: Nelly Agassi and Iris Bernblum Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622   2. Cable Management, 5 Minute Crafts, 7 Reasons You Aren’t Happy October 26, 2018, 7PM Work by: Jacob Ciocci Night Light Gallery...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (10/18-10/24)

1. Pastillage October 20, 2018, 6-9PM Work by: Yvette Mayorga Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626   2. a, am, ami, amis, amiss October 20, 2018, 4-7PM Work by: Jenn Wilson free range: 3257 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, II 60625   3. It’s Such a...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (10/11-10/17)

1. Echoes: Reframing Collage October 11, 2018, 5-7PM Work by: Derrick Adams, Krista Franklin, Wardell Milan, Ayanah Moor, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Xaviera Simmons Museum of Contemporary Photography: 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 This is a...


Welcome to this week’s Top V from EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier.  Also, don’t forget to check out this week’s Top V for a selection of provocative programs being exhibited in spaces both large and small around Chicago this weekend.   1. SAPAR Contemporary Booth #147...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (9/27-10/3)

1. …to take root among the stars. September 28, 2018, 6-8:30PM Work by: Krista Franklin (performances by Franklin, Aricka Foreman, Kara Jackson, and Jamila Woods. Music courtesy of DJ Rae Chardonnay) Poetry Foundation: 61 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654   2. In...

Releasing New B@S Inspired Beer!

Hear ye, hear ye! On September 25, 2018 we, Bad at Sports, will become the world’s first (and best) podcast with its own line of beer. Released in conjunction with Mars Community Brewing the “Artist +/- Beer +/- Jerks = Bad at Sports” Sparkling Lager is ready to set...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (9/20-9/26)

1. Passing Time: Kim’s Corner Food with Thomas Kong September 21, 2018, 7-10PM Work by: Thomas Kong 062: 1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609   2. NoNonchalant: Abstraction by Ten Chicago Artists September 21, 2018, 6-9PM Work by: George Blaha, Daniel Bruttig, Jean...