April 27, 2022
In this conversation with Andrius Arutiunian, we speak about circular time, toast, tools for organising knowledge and dissonance as a historiographic phenomenon. This year, Andrius is representing Armenia in the 59th Venice Biennale and he also tells us more about his exhibition Gharib—‘a word, a notion and a stranger who enters into our mind’.
Andrius Arutiunian (AM/LT) is an artist and composer who works through objects, installations and time-based collaborations with musicians and performers. He was a resident at Rupert in March 2022.
April 7, 2022
In this episode, Omsk Social Club generously share their thoughts and ideas on their work process, discussing Omsk’s take on history and aesthetics among other topics. Omsk Social Club’s work is being created between two lived worlds: one of life as we know it and the other of role play. These worlds bleed into one and move into a territory called Real Game Play (RGP), a term coined by Omsk in 2017. This term describes the working process of Omsk and has become a stimulus for experimentation to shape new cultural value systems for interdependence, world crafting and cooperation.
The conversation delved rather deep and I am very grateful to Omsk for riding a line of thought together.
February 23, 2022
In the first episode, we talk with Davinia Ann Robinson, an artist from London and Rupert resident in January 2021. In this rather intimate conversation over a cup of ceremonial cacao, Davinia shares her stories and artistic methods of working with 'colonial emotions' she has encountered as a Black Female Body, building on her intense relationship with the earth as a living material explored through sculpture, sound, writing and performance. Davinia also reads an excerpt from the new work she developed during the residency, a poem called 'Translucent Permanence'.
December 22, 2021
Francesca Grilli is a Brussels-based Italian artist whose main practice is performance art; however, she also works with sculpture, film, audio and other media, as well as esoteric practices. The scope of her artistic research is quite broad but the core of her work is focused on different facets of the human condition: age, fragility, family ties, power relations, among others. In her multiple poetic and intimate artworks, she seeks to provoke honest, thoughtful and almost cathartic public reactions through presenting the viewers and participants with profound experiences. These include being put in a dark room together with trained birds of prey or being presented with two pianists of stark age contrast, one of whom is a hundred years old and the other, a child. The power and purity of childhood is also at the centre of her latest work, Sparks (2021), in which she invites the audience for a palm reading session with children as oracles. Francesca Grilli’s project Sparks is presented by Contemporary Locus and supported by the Italian Culture Council.
November 22, 2021
Ceel Mogami de Haas’s artistic practices incorporate both visual and literary work. In fact, it could be said that his art fuses the two together, as he creates large sculptural inlays that tell poetic stories and draws from literature creating visual scenarios. He uses a variety of media, often playing with their properties and substituting one with another. Thematically, his work explores the core of humanity and animality, reaching through thousands of years towards palaeolithic art and centuries of literature as sources of inspiration.
October 21, 2021
Miriam Naeh is a London-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work is deeply influenced by human practice of storytelling. In her installations-as-narratives, she combines Middle Eastern mythology, post-humanist thought, humor, and personal experiences. This mixture produces de-centralized experiences, where the viewer is invited to participate in a quasi-mythological story, at the same time creating it and giving it particular meaning. Miriam combines a variety of media in her work and is particularly interested in the binaries of the real versus fictional, natural versus artificial. She invites the viewer to explore this ambiguous world where grotesque meets fragility and laughter meets 'the sad sublime'.
September 1, 2021
'Open Studios' podcast introduces Rupert’s recent resident and sound artist Judith Hamann. In this episode, Judith shares her recent experience of isolation and moving between different places, and how these have influenced her work with different genres of music and sound. As a result of her long-term studies into sound, different music notions and theories, she has been engaging in some experimental and collaborative projects. These have resulted in such compositions for cello and electronics as Days Collapse and Shaking Studies.
August 16, 2021
Ittah Yoda is an artist duo consisting of Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah, living between Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo. Their practice combines traditional processes with digital technology as a vector for cross-cultural creative collaborations, with a focus on deep time, archaic heritages of humanity, and the collective unconscious. In this Open Studio podcast the artists reveal what influences them and why they find collaborations so crucial to their projects such as it was during their workshop with the participants of the Alternative Education Programme at Rupert — concluded in the exhibition No History of Its Own in the framework of Rupert at apiece, opened early August 2021.
July 30, 2021
In this episode, Tyler Matthew Oyer meditates on their recent music, which will premiere with a live performative show at the end of their two-month-long residency at Rupert. Oyer also elaborates on some of their inspiration and in relation to this, their recent sculptural-collaborative project Pyramid: A Work in Progress referenced the ouevre of iconic sculptor and installation artist Paul Thek known for his environments and ultimately a queer subjectivity.
July 24, 2021
On this Open Studio episode, we are talking to Julijonas Urbonas, the founder of the Lithuanian Space Agency, which currently presents its project Planet of People at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
Julijonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer. He is the former Pro-Rector of arts at Vilnius Academy of Arts and the CEO of an amusement park in Klaipeda. For more than a decade, he has been working between critical design, amusement park engineering, performative architecture, choreography, kinetic art and sci-fi and has been developing various critical tools for negotiating gravity: from a killer roller coaster to an artificial planet made entirely of human bodies. As part of his research, he has coined the term ‘gravitational aesthetics’, which involves manipulating gravity to create experiences that push the body and imagination to the extreme.