Join your hosts Chris and Jill for an intimate conversation with the artist and author Brian Catling. Catling is a novelist, poet and artist whose practice reaches across painting, sculpture, installation and performance. His surreal narratives, performances and sculptures evoke a sophisticated awareness of disability, exploring the vulnerability, grace and toughness of brokenness, alienation, healing and heroics throughout his rich and detailed multi-disciplinary practice.
Click here for a video of his “Crutch” performance discussed in the interview.
Join DIStopia hosts Jill Vyn and Christopher Smit for discussion with Creative Growth Arts Center Executive Dir. Tom di Maria. As a pioneer in the worlds of Outsider and Disability Art, di Maria has changed the way we think about communities, the politics of art, and the place for different bodies and minds in the lexicon of contemporary art.
DIStopia co-hosts Jill and Chris visit Cultura Collective and chat with Stefanie Rosales, curator and Program Director for the Cook Arts Center, and local artist, Javier Torres. As you listen to these brief interviews, consider the relationship between disability and culture and how two artists, Reyna Garcia and Javier Torres, draws the viewer into conversations about their lived experience of disability.
In this episode of DIStopia’s ArtPrize 9 series, Chris and Jilly discuss whether or not you have to be in Grand Rapids to get value from the ArtPrize experience. Rennick, to consider ways that ArtPrize is working to make the festival more accessible to those of us choose not to head downtown for one reason or another.
In this first episode of DIStopia’s ArtPrize 9 series, DisArt co-directors Chris Smit and Jill Vyn offer reflections of the independent films It Ain’t Over and Dina (pronounced “Deena”) from Wednesday evening’s ArtPrize on-screen event that was held at the Ladies Literary Club.
DIStopia cohosts Jill Vyn and Christopher Smit explore the complicated reactions to the recent death of Telethon Maven, Jerry Lewis. Guests include Smit’s mother, former board of directors for the Chicagoland Chapter of the MDA and co-founder of Jerry’s Orphans, activist Mike Ervin.
Join host Christopher Smit for an in-depth conversation with the influential Disability Artist Riva Lehrer.
Join host Christopher Smit for hilarious conversation with Stand-up Comedian Samuel Comroe who will be featured at Laugh Fest 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Join host Christopher Smit for a live broadcast from Miami Beach at the world-renowned Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair. In this episode Lisa Van Arragon, DisArt Curator audio describes the gigantic beachfront tent of the Untitled Art exhibition on Ocean Drive, and Smit talks to the visual artist Claudia Hart about her unique approach to the body.
Join host Christopher Smit for a live broadcast from Miami Beach at the world-renowned Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair. Partnering with artists Alois Kronschlaeger and Paul Amenta, DisArt has helped bring “Hybrid Structures: Miami Folly” to the Untitled Art exhibition, and discusses this process live, on the actual structure.
Join host Christopher Smit for this historical, political, and personal investigation of the wheelchair as a “disability object.” Lawrence Carter Long interviews wheelchair historian Penny Wolfson, Smit interviews Curator of History and Medicine for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Katherine Ott, and we hear from a listener about the difficult task of getting a new wheelchair.
Join host Christopher Smit for a discussion with artists Alois Kronschlaeger and Paul Amenta about their access centered installation Hybrid Structures, a 300 linear feet, 20 feet high ramp that is also an artwork entry for the global art competition ArtPrize. Smit also talks to Grace Teo, former executive director of Open Style Lab about her involvement in Elevate: A DisArt Fashion Show which will take place on the ramps of Hybrid Structures on September 24, 2016.
Join host Christopher Smit for an intimate conversation with award-winning author and activist Susan Nussbaum.
Join host Christopher Smit for an explanation of the recently released, controversial film Me Before You. Tune in to hear a conversation with actor and activist Liz Carr who helped organize a red carpet protest at the London premiere of the film as well as an intimate conversation about disability, marriage, and relationships.
Join host Christopher Smit as he interviews artist and musician Gaelynn Lea who recently won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Competition.
Join host Christopher Smit for the first episode of the DIStopia Podcast. His guest is activist and writer Mike Ervin who has been a leader in the disability civil rights movement since the 1980s.