This week: Part 2 of our residency project at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis! This week we talk to critic, poet, gallerist, the award winning Director of the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts Director and Art in America contributor Jessica Baran. This was one of those interviews that I will look upon as a personal favorite. Besides Bad at Sports declares war on Art News. What could be better.
Jessica Baran is the author of the poetry collections “Remains to be Used” (Apostrophe Books, 2010) and “Equivalents” (winner of the Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award, forthcoming from Lost Roads Press, 2013), as well as the poetry chapbook, “Late and Soon, Getting and Spending,” produced by All Along Press (2011). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is a freelance art writer and co-curator of the fort gondo poetry series.
Welcome to our residency/art show.Â Maybe you should come visit?
We have a few events coming up in the next 8 days.
Saturday 14th noon- 4:30pm Art21 recording session/loop gallery tour.
Tuesday 17th 11am-12:30pm Live interview with a special guest
Wednesday 18th noon-1:30pm Live interview with Manuel Orellana
THURSDAY 19th 5pm-8pm CLOSING/RECORD RELEASE PARTY with DJ Richard Holland
Saturday 21st Afternoon party 1-5pm
Here is what it has looked like…
This week Bad at Sports started a residency at the A+D Gallery (618 South Wabash, Chicago) at Columbia College. We have many plans for what will be done in the space and how it will be done, but how it evolves depends on all of us and you.
In the space we will be varying our activities between meetings, live interviews, live recordings, Ping Pong (Wii and probably Foosball,) working on a couple of sound pieces, skateboarding, blogging, watching Game of Thrones, and other such nonsense. Â Watch our twitter feed for who we are interviewing, when, and what fun stuff we are doing on our Saturdays (gallery tours, live Art21 tapings, skate posse meet ups to skate Dan Peterman’s skate park, and some other fun stuff) We will have the following folks in for live interviews: Catherine Sullivan, Steve Reinke, Jason Salavon, Jessica Stockholder, Joe Meno, Dan Tucker and more…
YOU ARE WELCOME ANY TIME!
We ask that you not interrupt tapings but we are happy to talk to you or play pong anytime we are not on mic.
What you missed this week…
Kate and Duncan started work on a two channel version of the piece we are working on. This time we were shaping a conversation between Nato Thompson and Mary Jane Jacob, which we will scale up over the next two weeks to include Mark Dion, Pablo Helguera, and Liam Gillick.
We interviewed Ken Fandell and Christy Matson and ran a small Ping Pong tournament on Thursday night (the gallery is open to 8pm on Thursdays) with a few people who turned up.
Here are some photos of these weeks progress. Â We can’t wait to see you!
The Bad at Sports podcast has been going strong for over six years and thus far has produced–wait a sec, are you f*%king kidding me?– 322 *weekly* podcast episodes??! Â With a new podcast released every week?! Each featuring an interview with a different artist or maker hailing from parts all across the Western Hemisphere? Uh, that’s pretty extraordinary. Over the last six-plus years of existence, Bad at Sports has talked to hundreds of artists, from local upstarts to living legends. Because B@S is constantly putting out new material, it’s easy to forget that they’ve built up a massive audio archive of material that is virtually unrivaled (William Furlong and his amazing Audio Arts casette tape magazines, of course, is the grandaddy precursor to Bad at Sports’ project). Â In honor of B@S’ sixth year of life on this planet, we’re going to start digging through the podcast archives on a weekly basis to highlight key episodes from the past. This, in addition to the new podcasts that the B@S team continues to create and upload for your listening pleasure each and every week.
So, please to enjoy the following selection from Bad at Sports archives, recorded in 2007 and featuring an interview with Jeff Wall that took place just prior to the opening of Wall’s retrospective exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.
â€œI was â€¦ looking at the exhibition and I realized, what I feel about many of my exhibitionsâ€¦that no matter how well installed they are, no matter how well lit and if the rooms are great, and all thatâ€¦a lot of the time my pictures just donâ€™t look very good together. No matter how well you hang them they often just donâ€™t really go together. Itâ€™s hard to make what I would call a really successful show as an event or as a circumstance, because theyâ€™re very singular, each one: and each one has its own structure, its own space, its own colors, its own light, or whatever. And they donâ€™t go in groups. At least, they only go in groups more or less. I donâ€™t see it as a virtue or a negative thing either, it must just be how I see, or how I do things. I really see my pictures as singular. I donâ€™t have any interest in making variations on a theme, or any of those kinds of things that tie pictures together. Each one does come from a real experience. I used to think about it [in terms of] genre, but I donâ€™t think about it like that anymoreâ€¦.Genre means something known. When you think you know something, you create limitations.â€ Â –Â Jeff Wall, interviewed by Duncan MacKenzie for Bad at Sports