Raw MaterialAuthor: SFMOMA
20 Jan 2017

Raw Material

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art. Season 1: Otherworld, hosted by Bay Area artist and writer Ross Simonini, documents artists who work with the unknown. Rituals, hauntings, magic—we conjure these topics and more in our six-episode fall season.

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    Otherworld Bonus Episode: The Visitor

    An artist discusses her interest in extraterrestrials, including sightings, abductions, and other memories of aliens. She examines how descriptions of these interactions have both changed with cultural norms and reflected individual, inner feelings. Image: Desirée Holman

  • Posted on 26 Dec 2016

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    Otherworld Episode 6: The Presence

    Artists share personal experiences they have had with ghosts and the paranormal. A conceptual sculptor describes creating a piece using a “presence” as his primary material. Image © Tom Friedman; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

  • Posted on 12 Dec 2016

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    Otherworld Episode 5: The Vibration

    Artists discuss how they both add to and draw from from Earth’s vibrations. A conceptual artist presents a chapel he has built for bees, and a free jazz improviser talks about making music with natural biological rhythms. Photo of Terence Koh.

  • Posted on 28 Nov 2016

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    Otherworld Episode 4: The Diviner

    Artists discuss intuition and divination, techniques used to perceive and foresee the unknown. They explore the intersections of their work with palmistry, poetry, astrology, and clairsentient readings. To read a transcript of our full interview with CAConrad, visit: http://openspace.sfmoma.org/2016/11/extreme-present-a-conversation-with-caconrad/

  • Posted on 14 Nov 2016

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    Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil

    Experimental musician, pioneering performance artist, and general cult phenomenon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reveals the role of magic in h/er life and artistic practice. S/he describes h/er decades-long mystical work with sigils, chaos magick, sex magick, and the philosophies of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

  • Posted on 31 Oct 2016

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