Six Pillars: Sultan Al Qassemi on the JAOU Conference, Tunis

Six Pillars JAOU Tunis with Sultan Al Qassemi and Chris Weaver by 6pillars

jaousquareAfter the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists earlier this year, JAOU festival and symposium is more than ever set to hold its annual arts events at the Tunis museum in Tunisia. Sound artist Chris Weaver interviews founder of the Barjeel Foundation, UAE and renowned Arab affairs commentator Sultan Al Qassemi about his participation in JAOU Tunis, from Dubai where they are both currently living. “Personally I’m very much intrigued by post-revolution art and culture in Tunisia. Tunisia is constantly now ranked as the only free country in the Arab world, what does that mean for art, does that mean there is a higher ceiling? What about the taboo subjects that we face in the gulf and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, can you broach them? Can you approach them? This is a unique opportunity to witness first hand in Tunisia.” Broadcasts Tuesday 21.30 GMT, repeats Thursday 16:00 GMT. http://www.sixpillars.org

Panel Borders: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

Panel Borders: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, talks to a trio of creators whose comics take stuffed bears and other children’s toys and place them in genre adventures. Brett Uren explains the history of his noir themed anthology series TorsoBear, featuring a bear and a wooden policeman investigating crimes in Toyburg while, Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson discuss the webcomic Cogs and Claws, a monochrome, fast paced space opera serial published as a graphic novel by Markosia (recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton).

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: TorsoBear website and Kickstarter page
Cogs and Claws website
Brett Uren’s previous comic Kuzimu
Brian Bennett’s deviant art site
Jimmy Pearson’s profile on freelanced.com

Hooting Yard: Muggletonians

It was in February 1651 that a London tailor, John Reeve, received a commission from God. He explained to Muggleton, his cousin, also a tailor, that they were the two witnesses spoken of in the Book of Revelation 11:3, “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Reeve died a few years later in 1658, leaving Muggleton to continue their work, and to give the sect his name.

What was that work? It was one of the key tenets of the Muggletonians that, having created Man, God took a step back and took no interest whatsoever in our everyday doings. Muggletonians did not preach, nor proselytise. They had no form of organised worship, and indeed hardly any organisation at all. What they did do was meet up, usually in taverns, and talk – often rancorously – and sing Muggletonian songs. They also had holidays, where they might choose a picnic spot instead of a tavern for talking and singing, on the 19th of July, and on the “Great Holiday”, from the 2nd to the 4th of February, celebrating Reeve’s initial revelation.

This episode was first broadcast on 19th July 2012.

Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work
Info about Johnston’s work for Image Comics

Free Lab Radio – Tipping into Summer

Free Lab Radio – Tipping Into Summer, Fari B by Fari B

To mark mid-Masummertunes_cassettey, Fari Bradley brings us a new releases – some on cassette – from Vinny Villbass (Norway), Bamboo (UK), Toy Light (Los Angeles), Kamasi Washington, Manican Party (New York) and more.

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Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which occupy the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ titles and independent publishing, guest presenter Tim Pilcher talks to artist Karrie Fransman about her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist published by Jonathan Cape, which depicts a fateful weekend where five university friends’ hedonistic party leads to tragedy. Tim and Karrie also discuss her first graphic novel The House that Groaned, her comic for the Red Cross – ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ – and the nature of the collaborators involved in her most recent work. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch at Graphic Brighton festival, May 2015.

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

For more formats to download the podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Karrie’s website / Tim’s blog
Alex Fitch’s 2011 interview with Karrie Fransman
Interview with Karrie in the Scotland Herald
Info about Death of the Artist on Random House’s website

Six Pillars – Rose Issa, Michket Krifa at Falgoosh, Art Dubai 2014

Six Pillars – Rose Issa + Michket Krifa at Falgoosh, Art Dubai 2014 by 6pillars

indexCurators and authors Rose Issa (London) and Michket Krifa (Paris) discuss curating Middle Eastern and North African art in a European context, at a time when institutions, for the first time in France, but since some years already in the UK, are faced with cuts.

Rose Issa is director of Rose Issa Projects, a gallery spread across two spaces in the UK, and has been working Arab and Iranian art for over 20 years, while Michket Krifa was since 2009 the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography. She has been involved in Iranian art since the first Iranian photography exhibition in Europe Regards Persans (Iran- Espace Electra 2001). Michket is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet.

Recorded in UAE at Art Dubai 2014.

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Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

Concluding a month of show about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and illustrator Takayo Akiyama about her multi-media illustration work, which includes web comics, animation, magazines and textile design featuring characters such as Awesome and Possum and Y-Front Mouse. Alex and Takayo discuss the size and materials of the latter’s original artwork, mixing live action and animation in her music videos and take questions from the Cartoon County audience. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Spring 2015 / Originally broadcast Thursday 30th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Takayo’s website
Watch Y-Front Mouse on youtube
Article on Takayo’s map illustrations
Awesome and Possum website
Listen to Akiyama’s previous appearance on Panel Borders, translating Alex’s interview with Tomohiko Matsumoto
Cartoon County website

Six Pillars – Lina Lazaar, JAOU Tunis

Six Pillars – Lina Lazaar, JAOU Tunis by 6pillars

jaousquareAhead of a series of JAOU Tunis broadcasts from the arts symposium and conference in May, Fari Bradley & Chris Weaver interview Lina Lazaar, Associate Editor of Ibraaz and founder of JAOU.

Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver will be broadcasting from the 3rd annual JAOU Tunis festival: Maghreb and Middle East Condition Report 2015, Collaborative Geographies and Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict.

As sound artists we are interested in how the medium of broadcast enables the transactions of an open conversation. Through the act of exchange, important catalysts are formed for future ideas and philosophies.

Previous broadcasts by Bradley-Weaver: Frieze Art Fair 2004-9, Serpentine Gallery 2005-06, Tate Modern 2007, MIMA 2008, BC Columbia 2009, Raven Row Gallery 2011, Art Dubai, UAE 2013-14.

The Kamel Lazaar Foundation hosts it’s 3rd festival of Maghreb arts & culture, JAOU Tunis, May 28-31 around a 2-day public symposium at the National Museum of Bardo in Tunis. After museum visitors were killed by gunmen, the Kamel Lazaar Foundation wrote an open letter stating that JAOU would go ahead despite the brutalities.

Free Lab Radio – East Asia, Go!

Free Lab Radio – East Asia, Go! by Fari B

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
Neruda

This Saturday night we sampled electronica tracks from and evoking East Asia.

With Free Lab Radio host Fari B.

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Repeats Thursday 2am.

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