The Art Monthly show on Resonance FM February 2010
Artists- The Law and Activism
In this month’s Art Monthly show host Matt Hale talks to Art Monthly writers Colin Perry and Gavin Grindon. Colin Perry has written about artists who use the law as an artistic medium; something that can be manipulated and tested. He is joined by Gavin Grindon who writes about art and activism. Gavin Grindon has recently returned from the Climate Conference in Copenhagen and he tells us about the new forms of art and activism he saw out there.
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6IIIs to Persia on Resonance104.4fm
Photographer Jamshid Bayrami shows his works in ‘Haj’, the opening exhibition at Xerxes Fine Arts Gallery in London, the only permanent gallery dedicated to Iranian art.
Bayrami has worked successfully as a photo journalist and is known for his picture of a bloodied hand print on a T-shirt during student protests that appeared on the front of The Economist magazine. Following three days of bloodshed at Tehran University in July 1999, the subject of the picture Ahmad Batebi was given a 13-year prison sentence. Bayrami’s work continues to be frank and sincere, yet has taken on some very subtle tones as he moves into the realm of art for this exhibition.
Here Fari Bradley talks to gallery owner and curator Ali Bagherzadeh, who is himself a collector, about the show and its pieces.
This show was originally broadcast from the Resonancefm studios on July 7th 2008
Fari Bradley reports from the Contemporary Iranian Music event at the Camden Underworld and interviews artist Maria Kheirkhah live in the studio about her career choice to become an artist, collecting air in the Iranian desert and her current exhibition the Psychology of Fear. Featured are Farinaz Entegham, Ali Charmi on hip hop and faith, and the father of one of the members of Simorgh.
(pictured: Maria Keirkhah collects hot desert air for her show)
Most Iranian parents want their children to be lawyers or doctors, so how do aspiring musicians fare with their parents when making out-of-the-ordinary career choices. Also what does contemporary music mean to most young Iranians? We’ve heard the desperate eurodance trash that most clubs advertise as Persian music, and other than that there is only Dylan-esque songs and traditional music to choose from in the main. Rightly, some UK based Iranians are fusing the traditional forms and instruments with modern concerns, with a vocal delivery that compares with rapping under the moniker Contemporary Iranian for the event and Simorgh for their group. Simorgh are also promoting other new musicians such as rapper Farinaz Entegham (Holland) and Reveal (UK).
This show was originally broadcast from Resonancefm studios in London on June 16th 2008, produced and presented by Fari Bradley
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James Tregaskis presents the second in the series of Outsider In, a series whose principal theme is the world of the outsider artist/musician. This week he talks to Gregory Jacobsen Chicago based performance artist, DJ and painter.
“a godawful little wretch. smelly too! How stunning I looked invariably castrated stupid & numb! Some people say I am like a fashionable hairpiece on the edge of a toilet, an immobilized moustache, jelly doughnut!”
Gregory Jacbsen a.k.a Fatty Jubbo has written describing himself – not flattering but he is powerfully creative, prolific painter and performance artist, musician and DJ living in Chicago Illinois. We will hear Gregory in conversation by phone and some of his musical choices as well as some of his own compositions, performing in his bands, “Lovely Little Girls” and “Ritualistic School of Errors” inspired by his own, well… grotesque paintings.
Heironymous Bosch is often repeated parrot like in reviews of his work: I think of artists Richard Dadd and George Grosz, Dali perhaps: insectoid pupae and molluscs with genitals protruding, deformed little girls smeared with brown marks, cakes and copulating miscellaneous body parts, imbeciles looking devotionally upwards – The subconscious mind of midwest America?
join James for another episode of Outsider In.
New Iranian National Ballet with Lady Jamila Kharrazi, the Toos Foundation, and Nima Kiann of Les Ballets Persans, Sweden, prior to the gala performance at Logan Hall to mark Les Ballets Persans 6th anniversary.
In a country where dance and performance is highly restricted, ballet seems something left over from the days of the Shas, a testimony to the effects of the identity of countries the west has sought to dominate. Meanwhile we may be familiar with classical scores that have sought to capture the spirit of the middle east with endemic melodies on violin or the standardisation of a sound from the Middle East on the string section, creating a kind of platitude in music for treatment of subjects during the launch of the era of technicolour film (Alad-Din, Sinbad etc).
In an ambitious move, Nima Khiann presents not only the ballet but an entire history of the importance of dance in Persian history, simultaneously dictated in English and Farsi at the gala performance with some sufi dancing by his ballet company, where the girls exchange their trademark buns for the loose, wild hair of a mystic seeker. The sufi tradition, we are told encourages dancing, an irony not lost on an audience comprised of many seeking artistic and spiritual freedom here in the UK.
Lady Jamileh Kharazi discusses the ins and outs of offering events of this size for free and her own extensive background in ballet and performance.