Critical Bounds Podcast
Summary: Critical Bounds is a podcast founded, produced, and hosted by Nicole Bearden, which considers contemporary art, global issues, and current events that influence and are in turn manifested in artistic practice, through critical conversations with emerging contemporary artists and curators. Critical Bounds is funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant.
Conversation with artist AJ Hawkins about how changing relationships to faith can change our relationships to grief and grieving processes, how the death of a beloved pet inspired a search to make sense of her own mortality, the necrobiome as a "microbiological afterlife", her project "The Reclamation", How Death Positivity includes issues like bodily autonomy and environmentalism, how art can be used to connect and communicate, and to cope with things that feel "too big", and a crash course on ecological disposition.
Conversation with curator, writer, and researcher J Simmz delves into our personal and larger societal relationships with death, Simmz work as an intuitive and conceptual curator, how she has found ways to move naturally with cycles of life and death in work and beyond, and how we might apply that philosophy to our current state—the possible deaths of our own harmful institutions—and what our might our roles at this moment in time be.
Conversation with Carrie Redway, a writer, mixed media artist and death doula in Seattle, WA. We discuss her chapbook "Vulpecula" (which she reads from), find out just What IS a Death Doula?, and Carrie's path to becoming one. We talk about her connection with her grandmother through her childhood zines about death, Tips for people caring for dying loved ones in person and via distance, Sacred Passing organization and training communities to do the work that our ancestors used to do, the invisibility of death in our (predominantly Western) culture, and movement as a tool for both grieving and creative processes.
Conversation with visual artist, writer, poet, performer and professor of studies of gender, race, and sexuality, Dr. Bettina Judd(MA PhD). We discuss her award-winning book patient, which examines the history of medical experimentation on, and display of the bodies of Black women through poetry, as well as why racism is a public health issue, the presumed danger of Black embodiment, how to have community in isolation, and the inherent problem of a surgeon founding the modern field of gynecology--and how many are going back to traditional, community, and Indigenous forms of medicine as a result, and much, much more.
Conversation with visual artist and physician Dr. Eric Avery about his intersecting practices in art and medicine. We discuss the AIDS crisis, living and making art in New York in the 1970s, his humanitarian work around the world, bringing medicine into the museum, the opioid crisis, printmaking, and how he believes art can change the world.
Conversation with visual artist, experimental printmaker and filmmaker Susan Aldworth about consciousness and the human brain. We talk about the influence of both philosophy and science in her work, and her latest projects, including "Out of the Blue", a kinectic sculpture installation project that looks at epilepsy through the stories of 100 people.
Conversation with emerging, independent scholar and curator Adela Goldsmith about queer elders, our love/hate relationship with museums (some we really love), the value of experiential knowledge, the importance and innate queerness of archives, the future of museums (is there one?), the roles of care networks, mutual aid, and queer methodologies during this historic moment, what the Critical Bounds drinking game would look like, and "What is a Career?".
Conversation with T.s. Flock, art critic and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle where we discuss the titular subjects of "Art, Gender, and Sexuality", as well as etymology, the importance of aesthetic literacy, embodiment, and a plethora of other things
Conversation with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, visual artist, performer, and curator about Queer Muslim Futurisms, why working in futurisms requires collaboration to succeed, and his alter-ego Faluda Islam.
Conversation with Edmonton artist, curator, and architect Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (Métis from Fort McMurray via the Red River) about holistic sustainability, Ocicicwan Contemporary Art Collective, and Contemporary Indigenous Art and Architecture.
Conversation with artist, designer, researcher Pinar Yoldas about the importance of art in tackling the climate crisis, her work Ecosystem of Excess, and working in the crux of Art and Science.
Conversation with artist and activist Carol Rashawnna Williams on Art and Climate Crisis, the intersections of race and the environment, her work in community building and activism, and the changing face of Seattle.
Tune in to our Very Last Episode in our segment on Connections Between Spiritual and Artistic Practice with Sharon Arnold. Sharon Arnold is an independent scholar, writer, and educator working in arts, philosophy, and cultural histories. They approach this work through the examination of histories, folklore, community ecosystems, and solidarity networks to support new paths forward. Sharon has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on critical theory and cultural criticism; and went on to found Bridge Productions in 2011. They co-teach various drop-in and year long classes at Madrona House Apothecary with founder Vanessa Ainslie; and they are currently in their third year as an adjunct instructor in the art department at Cornish College of the Arts, with an emphasis on the ethics and practicum of curatorial and exhibition-making; as well as integration of research and studio practice. They are currently working on a long term project examining the Pacific Northwest’s regional arts ecosystems, small pieces of which are regularly published on Dimensions Variable. We discuss their work and inspirations in the art world, their latest work learning and teaching about heritage and practices of Indigenous European traditions, our thoughts about Neo-Paganism, and our role as settler colonizers in decolonization (hint: it starts with us), meme-talk, and much more.
Conversation with multimedia artist and healer Kat Larson, owner of Inner+Vision Healing in Seattle. Tune in to hear us discuss her original inspiration for her project The Ghost from Vega, emotional intelligence, Carl Sagan, Standing Rock, tarot, reiki, and the ways that art and spirit strive for human connection.
Conversation with Kira Wisniewksi, the Executive Director for At+Feminism, a non-profit that addresses the information gap gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet through education, and community-building. We talk about March edit-a-thons, and Kira's other creative work.