Episode 608: Alireza Khatami

Episode 608: Alireza Khatami


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Alireza Khatami comes into the studio to talk his first feature film Oblivion Verses (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1e6OaNQ-2k) which premiered at the Venice Biennial where it took a golden lion for screenwriting. He chats with Brian and Dana on filming beyond plot, making a movie in a language you don’t speak, and everything you need to know about cemeteries.

“I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day…”

“I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day…”

It has been important, certainly since the turn of the 20th century, to ask what things – not just art, everything – mean. What does this abstract painting mean? What does this realist short story mean? What does this rock mean? I learned at the Santa Monica police station, from an incredibly chatty technician who gently rolled my finger on the scanner, that the print on my left index finger is of the sort that less than 1% of people have. I asked, laughing, but not really, I felt pretty serious about it – it was my first thought – “what does it mean?” She said, “oh, probably nothing.” If I look it up online – I think it was a double loop or a Peacock’s eye or maybe a tented arch, I wish I remembered or wrote it down, but I didn’t – it might mean that I’m a perfectionist, that I’m indecisive or diplomatic, that I’m independent and inflexible, or that I am “fiery.”

Screens Named: Exhibition Strategies and Moving Images

Screens Named: Exhibition Strategies and Moving Images

I arrived 11 hours late to the movie. I asked the ticket-man if I’d missed anything. Yeah, he said, you missed the really dirty parts. Jesse Cain‘s Parts and Labor is 13 hours. It is his hands replacing the engine of a car, piece by piece. The work is shot...
Radical Lights

Radical Lights

I lived in San Francisco once. It sometimes feels distant now because I have even lived another place between there and here. San Francisco occupies an interesting place in the American imagination. Even though high rents and a sort of institutionalized and self-aware...
Episode 273: Luc Tuymans

Episode 273: Luc Tuymans

http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_273-Luc_Tuymans.mp3 download This week: Duncan and Richard talk to art superstar Luc Tuymans! The following is shamelessly lifted from the MCA site: Luc Tuymans (Belgian, b. 1958) is considered one of the...