Episode 829: Meg Duguid, Brandon Alvendia, Nick Wylie Post-MDW Local Organizer Rectangle Table Discussion

Episode 829: Meg Duguid, Brandon Alvendia, Nick Wylie Post-MDW Local Organizer Rectangle Table Discussion


Wowow! Around an arts and crampy table in an anonymous but lively third space in the Southern Loop of Chicago, some of our top minds and movers convene to chat about past, present and futures of Chicago DIY/DIT artist-organizing. Jesse, Duncan and eventually Ryan — slouches in their own rights — lead by following a disparate flow. A champagne bottle to share with 300 people! Leave a masterpiece, take a masterpiece! Should everything become a library? These notions and more are offered up in a freewheeling conversation that’s not to be missed.

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1. Hauntology: Ghostly Matters January 27-April 1, 2023 MARIANE IBRAHIM: 437 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60622 Work by: Okiki Akinfe, ruby onyinyechi amanze, M. Florine Démosthène, Miranda Forrester, Taiye Idahor, Shannon T. Lewis, Olukemi Lijadu, Temitayo Ogunbiyi....

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Episode 827: Wormfarm Institute and MdW


This week Bad at Sports catches up with Wisconsin’s pride, the Wormfarm Institute, with Jay Salinas. We learn more about a long running experiment in arts funding between the fine states of Wisconsin and Minneapolis. We learn about how sustainable agriculture and contemporary art have found an unusual marriage, and take a D-Tour. Then we open the door two adventure and the future of contemporary placemaking, and artist run endeavors with Nicholas Wylie and Brandon Alvendia, who speculate on the future of the MdW fair and the new infrastructure we have been building together to strengthen the future of Midwestern art making.

Episode 826: Confluence Studio and Charlotte Street Foundation


Live from our tailgate at the MdW fair we bring you part two of a series we are doing with the organizing members of the MdW and a wrap up conversation that looks at the current state of arts organizing. But this week we have Confluence Studio, Duaba Unenra and Sam Gould, then are joined by Amy Kligman of the Charlotte Street Foundation. We learn about contemporary policing practice in MN and how residents mobilize through art and stories. Then we shift over to Kansas City MO and touch the other side of artist run culture through a 25 year old entrenched arts org. Good times had by all!

Episode 825: Rita McKeough


Here we are here we are finishing out our roundup with the end of our “spot check” in Calgary Alberta, Canada, and we close out with the Western Canadian performance art legend Rita McKeough.

Rita McKeough is an installation and performance artist whose practice is based in Calgary. Her work incorporates audio, electronics and mechanical performing objects. Since the late 70s,

Episode 824: The Badlands Art Department – Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan


In this episode Duncan visited “Drumheller” in the “Badlands” of “Alberta.” We learn a little about life, love, and the magic that can happen way outside the center

Jason de Haan is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist working in installation, sculpture, video, drawing, collage, photography, and bookworks. This includes the exploration of uncertain and unexpected spaces, temporal flux, natural phenomena and systems, transmissions, and open timelines, with a focus upon the points at which the invisible and residual reveal their contingencies.

Miruna Dragan is a post-conceptual artist whose work reflects themes of locality and dispersion through questions of imminence and transcendence. Operating within and between various modes of studio research including drawing, lens-based media, site-specific intervention and others, her work interprets surreal geographies through the reanimation of archetypes, myths and symbols.

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Sub-rural #22, Hubbard Street at Fifty

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Ingrid Fassbender, 1944 – 2022

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Funding Art Mountains: An Interview with Angela Bartholomew

Keeley Haftner: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today! Let’s dive right in. As an art historian, your research has focused on the emerging history of institutional critique in the 1980s and 1990s in the “Low Countries” (the Netherlands and Belgium), but...