This week Anthony Elms and Duncan talk to Marc Fischer about the Public Collectors project and other things.
Then Marc LeBlanc and Brian Andrews talk about how Marc is turning Japanese, he thinks heâ€™s turning Japanese, he really thinks soâ€¦.
The intro discusses how Philip von Zweck is a thug.
Anthony, please, dear God, talk in to the mic, seriously.
The following blurbs were shamelessly stolen from PVZâ€™s site:
Marc Fischer is 1/3 of the group Temporary Services, 1/11th of Mess Hall- an experimental cultural center in Rogerâ€™s Park (where he co-organizes the Hardcore Histories series), and an artist who curated the prison-themed exhibition â€œCaptive Audienceâ€ at Gallery 400 earlier this year. In addition to believing that vinyl remains the superior format for the appreciation of recorded music, Fischer still refuses to own a fucking cell phone.
Anthony Elms overcame his youth as just another punk in Michigan to become the assistant director of Gallery 400, the editor of WhiteWalls, and a writer whose works have appeared in like every freakin’ magazine ever (except Artforum, whatever), plus in some exhibition catalogs for stuff that didn’t happen at VONZWECK, but was still ok. He’s pimped himself out at times; and participated in some panel discussions, but I think the panel discussion is always a bad idea, always. Anthony agrees.
On Public Collectors:
VONZWECK- as an entity, doesnâ€™t care about art. You know it, you always have. But VONZWECK likes administration, andâ€¦ stuff. Especially other peopleâ€™s stuff! So does Marc Fischer. He likes stuff so much heâ€™s started a whole new initiative to get to see it, and, being the unselfish soul that he is, to share it.
Itâ€™s called Public Collectors and it is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks people that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials, to help reverse this lack by making their collections public. Itâ€™s voluntary and itâ€™s free. Not about selling, or buying and not restricted to art. Itâ€™s about getting to see something you might not have access to otherwise and exchanges of knowledge.
For this – the kickoff, the ribbon cutting, Marc will be sharing one of his collections: records. Thatâ€™s right actual records, long players, vinyl, what have you. Many will be on display; many more will be brought to the space for listening on request.
But the idea isnâ€™t just for you to see Marcâ€™s stuff, itâ€™s for you to share your collection(s) and view other peoplesâ€™. Other collections are online and many more will be added soon at www.publiccollectors.org.
The Show kicks off with Caroline Picard discussing a Three Walls/Green Lantern project that breaks American indie arts ground. A communication resource for art like this country has never seen. It will blow your mind.
ALSO, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Seriously, if you react negatively to the phrase blow job or the f-boom stay the hell away.
Jason Dunda and Teena McClelland (from the Alliance of Pentaphillic Curators) are back, along with Kathryn, Christopher Hudgens in a rare on mic appearance, Duncan, Terri and Serena all providing team coverage of opening extravaganza 2007.
You are mentioned in this episode, seriously, no name drop list this week because you know you are in here, someone is talking about you, maybe something good, maybe something bad, youâ€™ll just have to listen.
Mike B. is back with 28 somethings later.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_107-opening_shots.mp3
This episode is full of drama and mystery. Is this the middle of the end? Will Duncan and Richard ever work together again? Is the closing to this weekâ€™s show the saddest thing ever on a podcast? Are squid the new deer?
This week Clare Britt from Fraction Workspace returns and discusses La Biennale di Venezia with Duncan and Joanna. Listen closely and you too can be on the cusp of the hot new trends.
Our new Washington D.C. correspondent Katy Chang checks in from the San Diego Comicon. She is the only other JD/MFA weâ€™ve ever met. Itâ€™s like Highlander, eventually she will have to duel Richard to the death. There can be only one.
AND, if that werenâ€™t enough action, Joanna and Terri discuss Douglas Couplandâ€™s book Hey Nostradamus!: A Novel. A high school shooting in Vancouver, I thought our neighbors to the north were pacifists.
The closing is the saddest thing ever on Bad at Sports, weep for Duncan.
This week Clare Britt from Fraction Workspace stops by to give the run down on a couple of the European shows with Duncan and Joanna. Namely Documenta and Munster. She will be back next week To consider Venice.
Also the fine and wacky folks from The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators show up to encourage Philip von Zweck’s friends to explain why it should have been them while they “roast the bastard” in recognition of the sizable grant he won this year.
The opening and closing songs of this week’s show are there largely to amuse Kaveh Soofi.
If you don’t get it, you don’t, sorry.
The show opens with a bang! Britton Bertran’s car is hit and we are the witnesses.
And as you listen to this week’s intro designed specifically to irritate Duncan, pause a moment and say to yourself…”Seriously? Episode 104?” Richard’s parents have called us both to mention how happy they are. Here we are poised on the cusp of another Bad at Sports season and this week Duncan is joined by friends of the show Lane Relyea and Claire Pentecost to interview/interrogate French American Theorist and Art Critic Brian Holmes.
As we roll over the two year mark we once again are faced with questions about the Bad at Sports Project. We know what we think but once again we want to hear from you. Please email your thoughts about the show and your hopes for it’s future to firstname.lastname@example.org please use the header “Hope Chest.” Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us get better.
Piet Zwart Institute Bio for Brian Holmes-
Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic, activist and translator, living in Paris, interested primarily in the intersections of artistic and political practice. He holds a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, 1997, was a member of the graphic arts group Ne pas plier from 1999 to 2001, and has recently worked with the French conceptual art group Bureau d’Ã©tudes. He is a frequent contributor to the international mailinglist Nettime, a member of the editorial committee of the art magazine “Springerin” and the political-economy journal “Multitudes”, a regular contributor to the magazine Parachute, and a founder of the new journal “Autonomie Artistique”. He is currently preparing a book in French, entitled “La personnalitÃ© flexible: Pour une nouvelle critique de la culture.”
Theo Hakola is a god among men.