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FCAC Radio

By FCAC Radio
A podcast series produced by Footscray Community Arts Centre, platforming artists, creatives and stories in Melbourne's West and beyond.

You can find out more about us by heading to footscrayarts.com or following us @footscrayarts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you'd like to ensure our sustainability during these uncertain times, visit footscrayarts.com/donate/

This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.

Sound Design by Neil Cabatingan and Visual Design by Nadia Lian.
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S2E7: Jinghua Qian - Writing, eroticism and digital sex

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S2E8: Esther Tuddenham - Emerging
In this episode, Amy McMurtrie chats with artist Esther Tuddenham. Esther is a member of the ArtLife program here at FCAC and an ensemble member of Amplified Elephants with JOLT Arts. Esther is a poet, photographer and sound artist. Esther speaks with us about her process as a maker, claiming the title of artist and coming to positively identify with disability. Listen in for the interview and to hear Esther’s powerful poetry. You can find out more about Esther here: https://footscrayarts.com/profile/esther-tuddenham/ and here: https://www.joltarts.org/artists/esther-tuddenham
11:56
May 12, 2021
S2E7: Jinghua Qian - Writing, eroticism and digital sex
In this episode, Vyshnavee Wijekumar (FCAC Marketing Manager) catches up with Footscray based, Shanghainese writer and thinker Jinghua Qian before their Midsumma Festival appearance in SMUT: Queer Erotic Fan Fiction. Throughout the interview, they share their love of queer erotic fan fiction, interesting facts about Footscray and insights into their experiences of forging relationships online. Details for SMUT: Queer Erotic Fan Fiction: https://footscrayarts.com/event/smut-queer-erotic-fan-fiction-salon/ You can find out more about them, including their audio work Underfoot, on their website: https://jinghuaqian.com/
33:20
April 28, 2021
S2E6: Ripley Kavara - Emergence
Neil Cabatingan chats to Ripley Kavara (RESIDENCE) about their upcoming collaborative record "Famili", their journey as an independent artist and their thoughts and ideas on representation, identity, institutions and the impacts of technology on the future generations. You can follow Ripley's work via their website, https://ripleykavara.com/.
29:04
April 22, 2021
S2E5: Nash - What to Expect When You're Immigrating
In this episode, Urvi chats to multidisciplinary artist Nash about his new, illustrated book- 'What to Expect When you're Immigrating'. This is Nash's first book and it's filled with beautifully comic illustrations of key moments in Nash's journey immigrating from Sri Lanka, to Australia. Each image is accompanied by a line, written in Nash's sometimes cynical, and sometimes optimistic, but always humourous tone. The pair talk about their own experiences of moving to Australia, Nash's creative process and the unique challenges of trying to be accepted as a South Asian creative, both in public and private spheres. Nash will be hosting a public book launch at FCAC for 'What to Expect When You're Immigrating', on the 5th of June, 2021. Check out Nash's Work:  'What to Expect When You're Immigrating': https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/what-to-expect-when-youre-immigrating/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a.v.nash/  Keep an eye out for Nash's Book launch at FCAC! : https://footscrayarts.com/whats-on/?category=fullprogram 
38:56
March 24, 2021
S2E4: Mitch Mahoney - Weaving Sustainable Culture
In this episode Dan Mitchell (Senior Indigenous Programs Producer) yarns with Boon Wurrung artist Mitch Mahoney about his work and recent/current projects at FCAC – Eel Trap and Weaving Sustainable Culture. Mitch talks about his career to date and how he carries on the traditions passed down to him from elders in his community. Dan and Mitch discuss sustainable creative practice and cultural protocol whilst also offering personal insight into living in a world with COVID and how that has affected community. Mitch also expands upon fascinating Indigenous technologies and science, particularly the six seasons of the Kulin Nations. Join a free Weaving Workshop at FCAC! https://footscrayarts.com/event/weaving-sustainable-culture/ 
36:48
March 10, 2021
S2E3: Julie Millowick OAM and Jody Haines - Eye to Eye
In this episode, Bernadette introduces the Eye to Eye exhibition by artists Julie Millowick OAM and Jody Haines, as part of PHOTO2021 and currently on at FCAC until 20 March 2021. This special episode features an audio conversation between the artists created on 21 January 2021. Check out Eye to Eye: https://footscrayarts.com/event/eye-to-eye/ Julie Millowick OAM Website: http://www.juliemillowick.com Jody Haines Website: http://www.jodyhainesphotography.com
37:20
February 24, 2021
S2E2: N’fa Jones - My Voice Is A Drum
In this episode, Jess chats with legendary hip hop artist N’fa Jones about the making and movements of Cool Out Sun. Plucking away at his kalimba, N’fa speaks on how he came to be connected with core band members Sensible J, Lamine Sonko and Nui Moon on the cross-cultural music project. Connect with N’fa/Cool Out Sun on socials: https://www.instagram.com/nfajones/   https://www.instagram.com/cooloutsun/   https://www.facebook.com/CoolOutSun Learn more about studying a Diploma of Music Industry Specialising in Hip Hop, taught by N’fa Jones: https://www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/diploma-of-music-industry-specialising-in-hip-hop-c585h-d/
27:44
February 04, 2021
S1E5: Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh - Writing and Representation
In this episode, Vyshnavee talks to Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, the Artistic Director of Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), about her literary journey, growing up in Footscray, and the strength and nuances of Latinx culture. This episode is released in line with the launch of EWF 2020 - a brilliant all-digital celebration of writing, arts and culture. Featuring a recitation of Ruby's written piece ‘Mariposa’ from a collaborative project with Mahla Karimian and Thao Ly as part of FCAC's Emerging Cultural Leaders program. Check out EWF: https://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/ https://www.facebook.com/EmergingWritersFestival/ Instagram / Twitter: @EmergingWriters This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
41:29
January 27, 2021
S2E1: James Nguyen & Victoria Pham - Smashing the Glass Cabinet
Visual artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham on breathing new life into an ancient Vietnamese Bronze Age Đông Sơn drum and connecting to Vietnamese community, history and culture. Nguyen and Pham talk to FCAC Artistic Director, Daniel Santangeli, and curator, Tamsen Hopkinson, on re-engaging with the percussive sounds of an instrument usually kept out of reach behind museum glass cabinets. Nguyen and Pham are exhibiting at FCAC as part of CONNECT curated by Tamsen Hopkinson from 22 Jan to 21 Feb 2021. Visit FCAC and explore the artists' work: https://footscrayarts.com/event/connect-part-one/ https://dongsonarchive.com/ https://www.victoriaavpham.com/
47:28
January 27, 2021
S1E18: Stephen Pham - Life Drawing
Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He is the creative director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement. His writing has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and Sydney Review of Books. In 2018 he received the Create NSW Writers Fellowship to commence work on his manuscript Vietnamatta. Stephen was a contributing writer for ‘FCAC Writes’, a collection of new work by writers from Melbourne’s West and beyond, published online. The Series was curated by Bigoa Chuol. In this episode, the last for Season 1 of FCAC Radio, they talk about his piece “Life Drawing” and writing in the current climate of precariousness. Check out Stephen's work: https://stephenpham.ws This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
31:48
September 11, 2020
S1E17: H.Mur and Xen Nhà - Collaborative Practices: How Does a Journey Start?
H.Mur and Xen Nhà were both in a documentary production fellowship in New York City, when the impact of COVID 19 was continuing to unravel and international travel was facing significant restrictions. As Part of ‘FCAC Writes’, a series of new literary work, published on the FCAC website and curated by Bigoa Chuol. They wrote a collaborative piece about their decision to return to Melbourne. They chat to Bigoa about friendship, shared history and the importance of their collaborative practices. H.Mur is a visual artist and educator based in Melbourne. They are concerned with the everyday poetics and politics of bodies at the margins of margins and work across projection art, the moving image and photography. https://hilomur.com Xen Nhà is a documentary maker and artist. They believe, Sound stirs our imagination and Xen Nhà works with it as a way to invite people to imagine that another world is possible. https://www.xennha.com This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
47:12
September 04, 2020
S1E16: Peter Tolhurst – Rocking with the Hackkets
In this episode, Amy chats to singer/song-writer and guitarist for the Hackkets, Peter Tolhurst. Peter is a FCAC legend who has played and toured with The Hackkets for over 20 years. They discuss what it means to be an all-abilities band, how Peter finds inspiration for his music, and how the Hackkets have been using technology innovatively even before it was ‘cool’. Tune in to listen to one of the Hckkets’ catchiest tunes! Check out Peter’s work: The Hackkets: https://www.facebook.com/thehackkets/ FCAC: https://footscrayarts.com/artlife/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
17:04
August 28, 2020
S1E15: Leah Jing McIntosh - Reimagining Australian Literature
In this episode, Urvi chats to literary powerhouse Leah Jing McIntosh. Leah is a writer and photographer as well as the founding editor of LIMINAL  magazine. The two discuss the types of authors and literature they never studied at Uni, what inspired Leah to start a powerful movement with LIMINAL, as well as the challenges she's faced in maintaining her anti-racist and decolonial practice. As a special treat for listeners, we hear a magical piece of performance poetry by Darlene Silva Soberano and Hannah Wu presented by LIMINAL for NIDA nights. Check out Leah's work: Wesbite: http://leahjing.com/ LIMINAL: https://www.liminalmag.com/ Collisions: https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2020/07/21/153877/pantera-acquires-liminal-anthology-collisions/?fbclid=IwAR3lHPhMzt3deDmVm0EJ2cmQAXLZXRuQyl8G5-P9SyJWr90wIF_CZSgZ3Wg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_leahleahleah/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
45:00
August 21, 2020
S1E14: Atong Atem - Black Portraiture
In this episode Bigoa chats to Atong Atem, a South Sudanese artist and writer from Bor living in Birraranga, Melbourne. Her 2015 Studio series was recently acquired by National Gallery of Victoria as an integral part of the NGV Contemporary Australian Collection. She shares the interwoven experiences of art and identity and where lately, she finds joy. Atong “is alive and doing OK.” Check out Atong's work: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atongatem/ Website: www.atongatem.com This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
43:48
August 14, 2020
S1E13: Santilla Chingaipe—Authentic Story-telling
In this episode, Vyshnavee talks to film-maker, journalist and author Santilla Chingaipe about what inspires her to work across multiple art forms to express the stories of Australian migrants. The two discuss strategies for early-career film-makers, re-defining beauty on a personal and political level and the complexities that come with being a ‘Third Culture Kid’. Tune in to hear about Santilla's exciting upcoming projects that are creating real changes to the way we tell stories about ourselves and others. Check out Santilla's work: 'Black as me': https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/black-as-me/video/a5ed38eeda66f48ded4771d52bda3cbd 'Third Culture Kids': https://iview.abc.net.au/show/art-bites-third-culture-kids Website: http://www.santillachingaipe.com/ Photo credit: Atong Atem This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
57:40
August 07, 2020
S1E12: Ben Opie – Inclusive Musical Practice
In this episode, Adrienne chats to local classical musician Ben Opie about the origins of his love for the oboe and the different directions his career has taken as a professional musician and facilitator. The two discuss Ben’s ensemble Inventi and his passion for musical outreach programs, especially in the digital age, to connect with those who may otherwise remain isolated. Check out Ben’s work: Website:https://www.benopie.com.au/ Inventi Ensemble: https://www.inventiensemble.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inventiensemble Peninsula Festival: http://www.peninsulafestival.com.au/ Photo credit: Rhea Caldwell This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
37:32
July 31, 2020
S1E11: HANCOQ - Directions and Dilemmas in Hip-Hop
In this episode Ben chats to local hip-hop artist Henoke Nega (HANCOQ) about what inspires him musically and his nuanced journey to becoming a producer and owning his own record label. They discuss the importance of work ethic, the intersection of music with dance and film, as well as the need for more representation of the African diaspora within the arts industry. Check out HANCOQ’s work: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hvncoq Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hvncoq/?hl=en Sound cloud: https://soundcloud.com/hancoq Link tree: https://linktr.ee/hvncoq This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program.
46:16
July 24, 2020
S1E10: Kent MacCarter - Literary Communities
In this episode, writer, editor and publisher, Kent MacCarter, shares his experiences in each of these roles within the arts industry. We hear his valuable insights into the processes of arts funding in Australia, how his education and life experiences led him to becoming the managing editor of the much-loved Cordite Poetry Review and how literary communities support emerging writers, particularly from disparate backgrounds. Check out Kent's projects: https://redroomcompany.org/poet/kent-maccarter/ Cordite Poetry Review: http://cordite.org.au/ Cordite Books: https://corditebooks.org.au/ Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/joyful-strains/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and The City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants Program. Photo credit: Nicholas Walton Healey
46:16
July 17, 2020
S1E9: GOOD LUCK OMEN - Musical Partnerships
In this special episode, we hear a soulful original from Kalala and Diego, the duo who make up GOOD LUCK OMEN. Arthur talks to Diego and Kalala about how they started their band, their process  creating albums as well as Kalala’s transformational experience performing with the legendary Sampa the Great. Check out GOOD LUCK OMEN: https://www.facebook.com/goodluckomen/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
16:07
July 10, 2020
S1E8: Remi Kolawole - Hyphenated Identities
In this episode, Jess Ankomah speaks with Melbourne lyricist Remi Kolawole about his connection with Footscray and what it means to be part of the city’s Black art scene. Remi speaks intimately about his identity, wellbeing, and choosing to delay his forthcoming album. Listen in as the rapper reveals he may have a future in music beyond hip-hop. Check out Remi: http://www.remikolawole.com/ https://www.instagram.com/remikolawole/ https://remi1.bandcamp.com/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
43:43
June 25, 2020
S1E7: Sonia Di lorio - Building Resilience Through Comedy
In this episode, Urvi chats to stand-up comedian and writer Sonia Di Lorio about the value of consistently pactising stand-up comedy and the difficulties that women and people of colour can face in the scene. They also talk about ways to approach writing and Sonia's new podcast 'Who The Bloody Hell Are We'. Throughout the conversation the two discuss how our cultural identities can be a complex source of both joy and pain, all of which can ultimately be expressed in creative ways.  Check out Sonia's podcast 'Who The Bloody Hell Are We' on Spotify, Apply Podcasts or wherever you like to listen from! Check out Sonia Di Lorio: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soniadsees/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soniadii.comedy/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
27:22
June 25, 2020
S1E6: Jos Van Hulsen – Designing with Found Objects
In this episode, Adrienne chats to local sculptor and designer Jos Van Hulsen. He talks about his passion of finding hidden treasures from the local environment which ignites ideas for his designs. We hear about his custom designs for Post Industrial Design store and other commissions that can be seen around the area. Check out Post Industrial Design: https://postindustrialdesign.com.au/ Photography: Daren Gordon Photography Music: Jessica Dean This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
19:12
June 18, 2020
S1E4: Akwasi Osei-Tutu - Black Star Comedy
In this episode Jess chats to Akwasi, a Ghanaian-raised, Perth-claimed comedian, calling Melbourne home. They chat about moving and adapting, supporting Black culture abroad, and how to find the funny in being different. Check out Akwasi:  https://www.facebook.com/akwasicomedian/ , https://www.akwasicomedian.com/  , https://www.instagram.com/akwasicomedian/ Cover photo by Atong Atem This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
38:28
June 05, 2020
S1E3: Dominic Wagner aka Caseaux O.S.L.O - Music and Moving
In this episode, Arthur Tanzi chats to rapper, producer and DJ, Dominic Wagner, aka Cazeaux O.S.L.O. The two discuss what inspired Dom as a child to pursue music, his creative process, the different scenes he has contributed to, and the upcoming projects he's currently working on. Check out Dom: https://cazeauxoslo.bandcamp.com/, https://soundcloud.com/cazeaux-o-s-l-o, https://www.facebook.com/dominic.wagner.71,  https://www.instagram.com/cazeauxoslo/ This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
35:27
May 27, 2020
S1E2: JessB - A New Era in Music and Culture
In this episode, Jess Ankomah talks to in-demand emcee, JessB - a rapper and former professional netball player in New Zealand. They talk about how Jess’s life changed from netball to music, how music is changing in both NZ and Aus culture and the pressure Jess faces as one of the first recognisable Kenyan-Kiwi musicians. Check out JessB: https://www.facebook.com/ogjessb/, https://www.instagram.com/ogjessb/, https://twitter.com/ogjessb?lang=en, https://linktr.ee/JessB This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
33:33
May 27, 2020
S1E1: James Hale - Exploring Queer Text Through Art
In this episode, Robyn Gawenda talks to James Hale, a queer artist living and working in Melbourne. James makes colourful text based paintings on cardboard that stem from an examination of, and connection with, LGBTQIA+ intimacy and culture. Robyn and James talk about James’ creative process, motivation and place within the Melbourne Art Scene. Check out James: https://www.instagram.com/james.a.hale/, https://www.brunswickstreetgallery.com.au/artist-profiles/2020/4/3/artist-profile-james-hale, https://www.facebook.com/james.hale.52012 This podcast is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
24:03
May 27, 2020