This podcast serves as an extension of Cage Match Project gallery. CMP is a gallery that lives in an industrial caged-trailer. This weathered and rusted container resides in a gravel parking lot in Austin, Texas where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. It's current curator is Ariel René Jackson, a multidisciplinary artist. Cage Match Project was developed by Ryan Hawk, a Houston based artist, with support by The Museum of Human Achievement, The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Big Medium gallery.
The curator of the Cage Match project and host for this podcast, Ariel René Jackson, interviews Mukhtara Yusuf, a Yoruba-Nigerian-Muslim designer and scholar whose work focuses on decolonizing design, sustainability, alternative economies and design in the global south. Their interests explore the relationship between science, code, Ifa, and colour in order to bring Yoruba epistemological knowledge production into dialogue with Western scientific epistemology. On this episode discusses their Yoruba design framework and approach to Western design. Yusuf talks us through the problematic confinement and destructive nature of Westernized design. How can we insist on Indigenous traditions of design in a world that understands technology as Western specific? Follow Mukhtara Yusuf at www.instagram.com/mukhtarayusuf/
The curator of the Cage Match project and host for this podcast, Ariel René Jackson, interviews hiba ali, a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Toronto, Ontario, and Austin, Texas where our paths crossed during our time as graduate students attending The University of Texas at Austin. ali is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University in Kingston, Canada. Her performances and videos center on surveillance, womxn of color, and labor. She also conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. On this episode we discuss ali's artistic practice and dissertation research on Amazon and how it has monopolized perceivable options of where to purchase items online during COVID-19. hiba discusses some alternatives to purchasing items on Amazon. Check out www.threshold.us/c/cancelprime for practical strategies as well hiba ali's "Amazonification : Reading List" at www.hibaali.info/projects/amazonification-reading-list for more information.
The curator of the Cage Match Project and host for this podcast, Ariel René Jackson, interviews Betelhem Makonnen, an Austin-based artist whose practice challenges societal limitations regarding identity, migration, and time. On this episode we focus on time as our metaphorical cage regarding the demand for productivity and how we might resist having to choose between that and exile. Makonnen talks about the ideas behind their solo exhibition, "Rock Standard Time (RST)" at Big Medium Gallery. How much time does inner wellbeing require? We discuss the importance of slowing down time in Makonnen's practice as well as their personal life. You can find more information about Makonnen's practice on their website www.betelhemmakonnen.com
The curator of the Cage Match Project and host for this podcast, Ariel René Jackson, interviews Round 14 artist, Taylor Barnes, an Austin-based artist whose interdisciplinary fiber practice engages a research-based approach to internal and external complexities of her experience as a Black woman in America. Her current research in Barracoons utilizes wood, nails, and fiber to transform the cage into an enclosed shelter, complicating the notion of confinement and shifting meaning towards safety. We spoke about the possibilities and limitations of understanding the experience of enslaved Africans held in Barracoons before being boarding onto Atlantic slave ships–not knowing what tomorrow might bring. Relating this sense of not knowing to our reality of shelter-at-home, Barnes talks about the necessity to create in order to relieve anxiety and we chat about society’s seemingly psychic preparedness for social distancing via social media and cell phones. Between now and whenever the Austin area is relieved of social distancing, it is my intention to bring on individuals to speak further about notions of being confined but in the meantime enjoy the show! @cagematchproject @barnes_artistry__ @arielrenejacksonstudio
The curator of the Cage Match Project and host for this podcast, Ariel René Jackson, interviews Round 13 artist Kara Springer about her practice as well as her installation for CMP titled "Hold. Elmina, Ghana (2012), Austin, Texas, United States (2020)". Check out photos of Kara's installation at www.cagematchproject.com
We talk about Kara's transition from an industrial designer, founding the Kaya Birth Stool, to her interdisciplinary practice, where she is concerned with armature–the underlying structure that holds the flesh of a body in place. We talk caring for bodies, motherhood, memory and place, mobility and stillness, and the diasporic relationship between chattel slavery and the separation of families at the US Border.
The Cage Match Project is a gallery that lives in an industrial caged-trailer. This weathered and rusted container resides in a gravel parking lot in Austin, Texas where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership.
The Cage Match Project was developed by Ryan Hawk, a Houston based artist, with support by The Museum of Human Achievement, The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Big Medium gallery.
Instagram : @cagematchproject