Episode 78: OPENPORT and CAA reviewed

February 25, 2007 · Print This Article

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This week on Bad at Sports: Duncan and Amanda talk to the fine folks in charge of OPENPORT: Realtime Performance, Sound, & Language curated by Nathan Butler, Mark Jeffery, Judd Morrissey, and Lori Talley.


Also, we wonder why Edward Lifson has negative feelings towards us???

Next, Brian Andrews on collecting praise and drinking.

Then, Richard talks to Interviewees, Interviewers, Anthony Burton, Aris Georgiades, and ex-pat John Wanzel on CAA, NYC and BS, OK!

Finally, Steve Albini is giant of consciousness. Bow before him.

Nathan Butler
Mark Jeffery
Judd Morrissey
Lori Talley
Wendy Chun
Katherine Hayles
Chicago Cultural Center
Links Hall
Brian O’Reilly
Loss Pequeño Glazier
Alan Sondheim
Laetitia Sonami
Caroline Bergvall
Simon Lonergan
Fiona Wright
Marie Cool & Fabio Balducci
John Cayley
Sue Costabile
Lito Walkey
Boris Hauf
Galen Curwen-McAdams
Marisa Zanotti
Mark Booth
John Sisson
Six Feet Under
Playstation 2
Takashi Murakami
College Art Association
Anthony Burton
Aris Georgiades
John Wanzel
Nicole Miller
Columbia University
University of Chicago Press
Lisa Saltzman’s Making Memory Matter
Kara Walker
Angelhead: My Brother’s Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms
The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art by Greg Bottoms
Open End Gallery
Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band
Steve Albini
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26 thoughts on “Episode 78: OPENPORT and CAA reviewed”

  1. Balzac says:

    Down with Lifson!

    Down with NPR!!

    Their arts coverage sucks donkeys.

  2. Richard says:

    Tell your friends, neighbors, enemies, second-cousins-best-friends-dog’s-previous-owner, the Bad at Sports engineering job is the hottest ticket in town!!!

  3. lloyd says:

    i rather enjoyed brian’s observations on that video game. especially when he said, “just like in the real world, you advanced as an artist by collecting praise and drinking.” classic.

  4. Marc says:

    Okami is incredible. It is without a doubt the most thought-provoking piece of art I’ve come across this year. Thank you for talking about it, B. Andrews. The CAA portion was boring as hell. Who cares about the price of beers in NY?

  5. Richard says:

    Anyone who is going to CAA. You can’t please everyone.

  6. rachel says:

    hello bad at sporters,
    as a loyal listener, i have been truly disappointed with your past few weeks worth of shows. i completely understand that this is a weekly thing and getting everything together each week must be hard, but its really unfortunate that i am no longer looking forward to my monday ritual of listening to BAS at work. Can we do something about this? More from the bureaus perhaps? They always have great and interesting things to speak about. And perhaps a little more planning in advance? I agree that the CAA portion had very pointless tidbits in it. We know nyc is expensive…everyone does.

  7. Brian says:

    Perhaps I should take career advice from Okami and become a better artist by striking a better balance in my praise to drinking ratio. I’ll let you decide which one is out of whack.

    Don’t fret rachel – we’ve got a bunch of audio coming down the pipeline from the west coast bureau.

  8. Richard says:


    We always are happy to accept audio submitted by others. Be our guest.


  9. Bahlzaq says:

    Are the complainers volunteering to pitch in?

  10. Hey — what these guys and gals do at BAS is amazing — and week in and week out. We “overseas bureaus” do stuff far less often.
    Also, some artists and artworld denizens are just more interesting than others, too, so not every interview is a controversy or deply enlightening or inspirational. But it is great that BAS covers a wide spectrum. I don’t always have something to comment, or the “star” wasn’t someone that stimulated me that much — but I have found all of them of interest, in one way or another. I say keep up the good work!

  11. Bahlzaq says:

    I hate to agree with Mark but…

  12. Hudgens says:

    What BaS should be able to do over time I hope is not just cover art in the Chicago area and world but also be a catalyst that encourages people to keep making good art or even better art realizing there are people out there who care and are paying attention.

  13. Maggie says:

    O.K., I am starting to feel kinda weird, in that, if I don’t hear the familiar voices from BAS I feel as if I haven’t talked to my friends lately….I think this means I need to get out more…

    Anyway, am I total square, or did I miss the square dancing thing? I hate to say I was really multi-tasking this time around. Trying to do studio work and listen; this is hard for a person who can’t chew gum and walk at the same time.

    And, I have to say, I can’t stand Hello Beautiful…it makes me leap out of my chair and yell in slow motion as I run as fast as I can to turn the radio channel! They are just catering to the blokes like the Tribune readers who like to think they are in the “know”.

  14. Richard says:

    The Square Dancing event is this Saturday night and is lots of fun. I usually either get roped into bar-tending, or hold up a wall (despite my loundness and comfort with making an ass of myself I DO NOT dance).

    Chekc it out, it is a fun fun time and everyone should go to one of these events. It’s only once a year.


  15. Bob Loblaw says:

    Any dose of Steve Albini is welcome with me, but I gotta agree with some of the feedback here. New York’s expensive. So what. Always has been. And yeah the grotesque spectacle of academics vying for gainful employment is part of the usual merry-go-round of CAA. But, well, they kinda do sessions there too … many of which, I’m sure, would make much better fodder than the price of a Stella at Passerby (or wherever one takes a drink in Gotham these days.) Check out Sarah Thorton’s “Scene and Herd” entry on Artforum.com for an hysterically incisive take on the event.

    just sayin’ …

  16. Balzac says:

    Holy shit, does no-one here know how to fast forward?!?

  17. Marc says:

    It’s not an issue of fast-forwarding, it’s an issue of BAS taking time to develop decent thought-provoking content, rather than grabbing a handsome man like John Wanzel and talking to him about beer and egg salad sandwiches.

  18. Richard says:


    Feel free to join on and contribute. Keep in mind this is a volunteer organization and we have jobs, families, crack problems. Also every bit is not for everyone.


  19. Richard says:

    Steve Albini is pretty freaking fabulous isn’t he.

  20. Steve Hamann says:

    I thought it was an all ’round good episode! I gots some snarky Duncan comments, and additions from ’round the country.

    What’s up with Hello Beautiful? They are scared! Scared I tells ya. They don’t want to acknowledge that BAS is kick ass.

    By the way, what genious artist made that kick ass Chewbacca pic?

  21. Richard says:

    I’m not sure but we really suck for not posting it with the pic.

    My bad.

    Steve the following song goes out to you…

    “Wind Beneath My Wings”

    Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh.
    It must have been cold there in my shadow,
    to never have sunlight on your face.
    You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.
    You always walked a step behind.

    So I was the one with all the glory,
    while you were the one with all the strength.
    A beautiful face without a name for so long.
    A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
    and everything I would like to be?
    I can fly higher than an eagle,
    for you are the wind beneath my wings.

    It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
    but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
    I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
    I would be nothing without you.

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
    You’re everything I wish I could be.
    I could fly higher than an eagle,
    for you are the wind beneath my wings.

    Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?
    You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.
    Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
    for you are the wind beneath my wings,
    ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

    Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
    You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
    Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
    Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
    Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

    Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
    so high I almost touch the sky.
    Thank you, thank you,
    thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

  22. steve hamann says:

    Wow. I wasn’t expecting Bette Midler. I’m touched. But not in a good way.

  23. Hudgens says:

    We flirted with the RIAA coming to shut us down but now with just one song by Bette Midler it all comes crashing down. I mean it’s #269 in the Songs of the Century list compiled by the RIAA you couldn’t pick something like “Addictive Love” by Bebe & Cece Winans its #364 .

    You know every time someone see’s that post Richard the artist loses $100 to the tenth power. Their attack dogs will ravage Duncan and then bite him. It’s not pretty.

    Also Steve the lack of credit was my fault I asked Richard but got busy and forgot to add it afterwards. So it is I who should be singing the song in B flat for you.

  24. Steve Hamann says:

    Don’t sweat it Chris. It’s an obvious cry for attention on my part. I’m quite the little two year old. But at least I got a song out of it.

  25. Emily says:

    I thought this episode was really good! Highlights being Brian Andrews’ review of the playstation game (please see Lloyd’s comment above, i completely agree!) and Richard’s interviews at CAA. I’m a Londoner and had never heard of this bizarre concept of a mass interview-conference, so i was hanging on everyones’ words, trying to get my head around the whole thing. I still don’t entirely understand why you go if you don’t have an interview (to hear people speak at the conference? who are speaking and what are they speaking about and who for/to?), and if you do have an interview, how did you get it? How many people get interviewed for each position at this stage? … Sounds hideous, but then perhaps better than here, where so far as I know to get a teaching job in an arts department you have to just know someone, somehow and hope they remember to put you on the list. I guess this is where the drinking and collecting praise practice comes in handy… so where do i get one of these playstations then eh?

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