If you listened to this podcast, you know it was a bit of a rogue endeavour, an attempt to make something that didn't yet exist. It was sometimes successful and sometimes it wasn't. It had a great theme song. Some people seemed to like the show! But like many things in the arts, it was hard work and simply didn't have what it needed to sustain it. People were generous with their time, their opinions, with sharing this show. All of this continues to surprise and delight me, but there was no supporting infrastructure to make this work.
Thank you to those who engaged with it. This website now serves as an archive for the show, which ran from 2014–2015.
Current episode: Brendan Fernandes
Air-date: May 22, 2015
Resulting from a keynote performance and subsequent panel discussion at OCADu Graduate Conference, The Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Disciplinary Fuziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism, this month's episode explores the work of New York-based Canadian Artist, Brendan Fernandes. Probing Fernandes's experience as an artist and a dancer, this episode also documents Encomium, a performance which circles hybrid themes of identity, love, labour, and public space.
MOBILE CRITICAL MARATHON
Mar 11, 2015
On January 7th, 2015, I set out to see and review every show that sent me a press release and had gallery hours that day. I saw 8 shows across Toronto, hoping to chronicle the city’s artistic ecology and perform the frantic activities of critical judgement at a rapid pace, with little time for reflection. I livestreamed my in-gallery conversations with myself, and recorded them for this episode. Included here are review of “NEXT” at Arsenal, Giles Round, Lis Rhodes, and Tiziana La Melia at Mercer Union, Elizabeth Babyn and P. Roch Smith at loop Gallery, Allison S.M. Kobayashi and Christine Swintak at the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, Xiaojing Yan at Red Head, “Besides, Your Neighbours” at 8eleven, Suzy Lake at the Art Gallery of Ontario and “TEMPERAMENTAL” at the Doris McCarthy Gallery.
Listen to the entirety of Episode 6: The Mobile Critical Marathon (or individual reviews) here.
I tweeted @WILLpodcast, using the hashtag #mobilecrit. I also livestreamed the entire performance on mixlr, which you can listen to a fractured archive of at Mixlr.
Air-date: November 26, 2014.
Regionalism is a perhaps-necessary complication in a huge country divided by arbitrary borders. But it's also contentious: what does the place we make work say about the kind of work we make? Episode 4: Regionalisms features contributions from Amber Christensen and David Yu attempt to untangle regionalism's hold on Canada.
Previously: Understanding Your Biases
Air-date: January 27, 2015.
What do you like? What does everyone else like? Are there things you think you like only because you like them that might, in fact, be tastes bred into you by the subtle forces of social coercion?
Is art a numbers game? Should it be? What is your responsibility to understand yourself and the way you think about art? This week, What It Looks Like teams up with the fledgling organization CIASK: the Canadian Institute for Art and Self-Knowledge.
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Previously: Inuit Art
Air-date: May 30 2014.
Inuit art has a huge role to play in the art market, especially in Southern Canada. It's to be found in major museum collections, the homes of private collectors, and commercial galleries. It seems like everywhere you look, some website is trying to sell you a soapstone carving. But how much, in the South, do we know about Inuit art? In Episode 3: Inuit Art we discuss information and misinformation, repatriation, artistic practice in Northern Canada, and the role of Inuit art's extensive markets.
Previously: Unprofessional Development
Air-date: April 7 2014.
This month, we talk about the confines of the professional, and the things that lay just outside those confines: day jobs, religion, biography, internships, scandals, rejecting an art-making formula, and the things that happen in the meantimes and in-betweentimes of art careers.
Previously: What is Art?
Air-date: March 3 2014.
For our inaugural episode, we wanted to start with the basics. But frankly, everyone's bored of talking about what "counts" as art and what doesn't. Here are two stories about art encounters that resist categorization, where people find themselves forced to answer just that ever-hated, mind-numbing question: what is art?