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On Packing Light

On Packing Light

By Lili Huston-Herterich
On Packing Light explores the personal and political sentimental capacity of textiles. The podcast speculates towards the ways in which capitalism has shaped our relationship to and understanding of our personal belongings. Research processes through sound recording, conversations, readings, and other content creates the foundation of On Packing Light's episodes; in this way, research and production happens simultaneously. This project has been generously supported by CBK Rotterdam's Onderzoeks- en Ontwikkelingssubsidie (Research & Development Grant).
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Episode 4 (part 2): Langston Allston
In this episode (a two-parter!) I talk to Langston Allston and my sister Aria Delanoche about what to do with two shirts: one I bought in New Orleans in 2014, and a shirt I bought this past December 2020. Langston is an artist based in New Orleans. You can see his work here: www.langstonallston.com. Aria Delanoche is a burlesque artist also based in New Orleans; you can see her work here: www.ariadelanoche.com. Together, we start with the t-shirts, but move to talking about white guilt and, perhaps, how to wear it (or wear through it).
38:56
May 31, 2021
Episode 4 (part 1): Langston Allston
In this episode (a two-parter!) I talk to Langston Allston and my sister Aria Delanoche about what to do with two shirts: one I bought in New Orleans in 2014, and a shirt I bought this past December 2020. Langston is an artist based in New Orleans. You can see his work here: www.langstonallston.com. Aria Delanoche is a burlesque artist also based in New Orleans; you can see her work here: www.ariadelanoche.com. Together, we start with the t-shirts, but move to talking about white guilt and, perhaps, how to wear it (or wear through it).
22:44
May 31, 2021
Episode 3: Sustainable Fashion with Wakianda (Nairobi Design Week)
Wakianda is a Nairobi-based fashion designer and interdisciplinary artist. We spoke live from WORM Rotterdam's radio studio on April 6, 2021 about no-waste sustainability in the fashion industry, her self-taught 3D rendering practice, and about responsibility and intentionality as a conscious maker. Follow Wakianda on instagram at @wa_kianda!
55:49
April 7, 2021
Episode 2: Unpacking an impulse with not.yr.boyfriend
In this episode, I talk through an impulse purchase with Mariana Aboim, Ghislain Amar, Sophie Bates, Larisa David, Clementine Edwards, and Parker Kay, and Niloufar Nematollahi before speaking to Odie, the person behind the Instagram account @not.ur.boyfriend who made the shirt in collaboration with @renaissance__man. Odie gives context to origin story of the shirt, their practice in making memes, and their overarching practices in community defence, mental health support, and collective liberation. More about them below: Notyrbf reluctantly calls themself an artist and lives in Minneapolis, MN. Their work is rooted in their personal growth through poverty, familial trauma/loss, relationships, and addiction/sobriety, and is framed by their focus on collective liberation.
47:09
March 24, 2021
Episode 1: A kind of introduction (for Spotify)
Recorded live from Worm Radio's studio on Tuesday, March 9th, this is a meandering introduction to On Packing Light. On Packing Light is an artistic research project by me, Lili Huston-Herterich. It uses the method of episodic sound (it's a podcast) to think through the subject of textiles and clothing, ranging from personal accounts to political histories. On Packing Light explores the personal and political sentimental capacity of textiles and speculates the ways in which capitalism has shaped our relationship to and understanding of our personal belongings. The research process generates the material for the sound works, so research and production happens simultaneously through the duration of the project. This episode features some readings from Sara Ahmed's 'A Phenomonology of Whiteness' (2007), Anne Boyer's 'Garments Against Women' (2015), a recording of Elizabeth Huston-Herterich and Meg Huston shopping, and the tracks Erykah Badu's 'Bag Lady' (2000) and Queen Naija's 'Pack Lite' (2020), which unfortunately are only available in full playback for Spotify users :(. The episodes of On Packing Light are aired live every other Tuesday from WORM Radio in Rotterdam, at live.worm.org. Thank you to CBK Rotterdam for their support of this research project.
48:37
March 22, 2021
Teaser: Unpacking an impulse purchase
This teaser episode is a preview of On Packing Light, an artistic research project by Lili Huston-Herterich. In this episode, I talk through an impulse purchase with Mariana Aboim, Ghislain Amar, Sophie Bates, Larisa David, Clementine Edwards, and Parker Kay, and Niloufar Nematollahi before speaking to Odie, the person behind the Instagram account @not.ur.boyfriend, who made the shirt in collaboration with @enaissance__man. The full episode, which will include my full conversation with Odie about their practice, will be Episode 2 of On Packing Light, aired live on Worm Radio in Rotterdam. on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 at 18h CET at at live.worm.org. Stay tuned :)
29:58
March 10, 2021