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We took a 'Walk On The Wild Side' and saw some NYC rock 'n' roll landmarks with music city tour guide Jesse Rifkin.
In her book, Studio Life, writer and photographer Sarah Trigg documents the studio practices of artists across America, highlighting the spaces, objects, and rituals that inform the artistic process.
The documentary My Brooklyn, directed by this week's guest Kelly Anderson, examines the forces that are rapidly transforming the neighborhood of downtown Brooklyn, . The film centers around the Fulton Mall, a long-time African American and Caribbean shopping district that in the early 2000s was rezoned by the city to make way for luxury condos and chain retail stores. This rezoning, and others like it in the neighborhood, displaced many of the residents and small business who had been there for decades. At the same time, the development plan used public money to grant hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to wealthy residents and big developers.
Artist Fernando Orellana may have invented a device to help ghosts reconnect with the world of the living. In a new project called Shadows Fernando is designing interactive devices for the ghosts of the recently deceased. He calls them "techno effigies." To make these devices, Fernando visits estate sales and picks a single item that he feels may have been important to the person recently passed. Then he constructs the device to help the ghost use the object. For example, one device called Her Bell is equipped with a simple mechanism that rings the brass bell Fernando found at the home of a deceased bell collector. To detect the presence of ghosts, Fernando's devices continuously monitors the immediate environment for changes in temperature, infrared light, and electromagnetic waves --- factors believed by paranormal researchers to indicate the presence of a spirit. If a a ghost is detected, the device is triggered.
Jenny Vogel is a new media artist working in video, photography, printmaking, performance and installation. She's interested in the world as seen through communication technology --- web cameras, morse code, fax machines --- and the way we use these tools to overcome distance, alienation and loneliness. Her work exposes the glitches and limitations of technology and reveals the strange miscommunications it can produce. Jenny is especially interested in the video feeds from web cameras that are placed in city centers and homes around the world. These cameras broadcast ghostly pictures of places that seem to be devoid of human activity, and Jenny uses images from these broadcasts to construct her own narratives in her videos and prints.
That's photographer Andy Freeberg talking about his project called Guardians. It's one of two body's of work he has been working on over the last few years. Both of his shows depict people occupying space with works of art, but the worlds Andy documents in these two shows couldn't be more different.