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Critical Bounds is a podcast founded, produced, and hosted by Nicole Bearden, which considers contemporary art, global issues, and current events that influence and are in turn manifested in artistic practice, through critical conversations with emerging contemporary artists and curators. Critical Bounds is funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant.
 
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Conversation with Berette S. Macaulay, a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and writer from Jamaica and Sierra Leone. Her research and visual arts practice engage themes of belonging, identity-performance, illegibility, love, memory, and mythmaking. We discuss living a multiplicitous life, and the institutional lie that you must focus on One Thing,…
 
Conversation our conversation with arts advocate and curator Eva Mayhabal Davis (B. Toluca, Mexico). We talk about our mutual disdain for Picasso, Davis' art journey, her project El Salón, the prospect of gathering together again, our mutual anxiety at onscreen crowds (and the 80s and early 90s lack of cellphones), how she advocates for community t…
 
Conversation with Satpreet Kahlon, a Punjabi-born, Seattle based artist, organizer, and curator, and the editor of New Archives, a nonprofit arts journal which focuses on art in the Pacific Northwest. We talk about Satpreet's work at (now-defunct) The Alice Gallery, including her first experience at curating the show "From Which We Rise", and its f…
 
A conversation with Sofía Córdova (She/Her/They/Them). We talk about her work Echoes of a Tumbling Throne, the dangerous inequality perpetuated by the tech industry, Her project "A Body Reorganized", which considers Sanctuary Cities, the history of the term "Sanctuary", and the humans affected by these policies. We have a full-on Star Trek tangent,…
 
Conversation with visual artist and formerly incarcerated poet, entrepreneur Halim A. Flowers about growing up in DC, Reaganomics and the myth of the "Superpredator", the importance of education and access beyond Eurocentric knowledge, making space to connect with people as fellow humans, the influence of hip hop and Basquiat on his work, and how a…
 
Conversation with 3.5 generation Japanese-American artist Michelle Kumata about her time at Wing Luke Museum, her project on the Japanese Diaspora in the US and Brazil, her work "Song For Generations", and how it deals with the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. We discuss the importance of listening to those from historically marginaliz…
 
Conversation with African American contemporary realist, and figurative conceptual artist Afi Ese about using art to tell stories, group economics as a form of activism in marginalized groups, her former experience as a forensic psychologist and how we use research about inequity in place of action against inequity in our justice system (and many o…
 
Conversation with Seattle-based Hispanic Latino artist writer, and curator Alexis L. Silva about finding your community in the art world, redefining success in a non-colonial context, the value of community museums, being a Person of Color in the art world, and why we should be building coalitions now, more than ever. (Photo courtesy of the artist)…
 
Conversation with Adero Knott, an emerging curator, inventor, and Founder of AK Prosthetics, an AdaptiveTech startup that makes customized prosthetics and adaptive wear accessible and inclusive. Her first foray into curating was with the show "Disability and Perspective", one of four exhibitions from the Commons Artist Project by Norman Teague and …
 
Conversation with Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, Deer Clan artist and technologist Amelia Winger-Bearskin. We talk about Amelia's podcasts Wampum.codes, a podcast which features Indigenous people working with tech in a multitude of ways, and Dreamstacks, the developer podcast by Contentful + Algolia which Amelia h…
 
Conversation with Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and performer Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (not THAT one) about Computational Witchcraft, Creating mythologies in order to truly own our places in spaces like tech that are historically unwelcoming to and erasing of womxn and other folxs who have been marginalized (because we have always …
 
A conversation with director Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman about his film work, the protests happening in both LA (where he is based) and Seattle (where I am based)this summer, police brutality, the houseless crisis, the perils of social media, AI as a symbiotic lifeform, and the rather banal-yet-dangerous role it currently plays in our lives, Star Trek, C…
 
Conversation with curator, writer, and cultural arts programmer Bethany Tabor about her work with Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, creating events that give space for people to talk and learn about Death and Dying. We discuss performance art, John Underwood, the founder of the Death Cafe Movement, artist Teresa Margolles, Dia de Los Muertos and the in…
 
Conversation with artist AJ Hawkins about how changing relationships to faith can change our relationships to grief and grieving processes, how the death of a beloved pet inspired a search to make sense of her own mortality, the necrobiome as a "microbiological afterlife", her project "The Reclamation", How Death Positivity includes issues like bod…
 
Conversation with curator, writer, and researcher J Simmz delves into our personal and larger societal relationships with death, Simmz work as an intuitive and conceptual curator, how she has found ways to move naturally with cycles of life and death in work and beyond, and how we might apply that philosophy to our current state—the possible deaths…
 
Conversation with Carrie Redway, a writer, mixed media artist and death doula in Seattle, WA. We discuss her chapbook "Vulpecula" (which she reads from), find out just What IS a Death Doula?, and Carrie's path to becoming one. We talk about her connection with her grandmother through her childhood zines about death, Tips for people caring for dying…
 
Conversation with visual artist, writer, poet, performer and professor of studies of gender, race, and sexuality, Dr. Bettina Judd(MA PhD). We discuss her award-winning book patient, which examines the history of medical experimentation on, and display of the bodies of Black women through poetry, as well as why racism is a public health issue, the …
 
Conversation with visual artist and physician Dr. Eric Avery about his intersecting practices in art and medicine. We discuss the AIDS crisis, living and making art in New York in the 1970s, his humanitarian work around the world, bringing medicine into the museum, the opioid crisis, printmaking, and how he believes art can change the world.…
 
Conversation with visual artist, experimental printmaker and filmmaker Susan Aldworth about consciousness and the human brain. We talk about the influence of both philosophy and science in her work, and her latest projects, including "Out of the Blue", a kinectic sculpture installation project that looks at epilepsy through the stories of 100 peopl…
 
Conversation with emerging, independent scholar and curator Adela Goldsmith about queer elders, our love/hate relationship with museums (some we really love), the value of experiential knowledge, the importance and innate queerness of archives, the future of museums (is there one?), the roles of care networks, mutual aid, and queer methodologies du…
 
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