Script for PBS Series Articulate with Artist Janet Echelman

October 2017

Janet Echelman’s elaborate aerial net sculptures fuse ancient craft with modern technology to create massive works that are strong enough to withstand a hurricane, but soft enough to draw city dwellers to unexpected moments of tranquility. Janet Echelman: We are in need of the experience of softness in our lives. I want to be in …

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Artistic Collaboration in the Insta-Age

May 2017

We live in an age characterized as narcissistic and self-obsessed. But, in reality, collaboration — not self-reliance — has become our primary mode of both work and play. Instead of turning to centralized “authorities” for news, politics, or daily fashion cues, we look to friends on social media. We’re reaching across cultural and geographical boundaries …

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Running the Streets with French Graffiti Artist, Mademoiselle Kat

November 2013

Mademoiselle Kat (www.mademoisellek.net) doesn’t reject the masculine—she just paints over it. A female graffiti artist originally from Toulouse, France, Kat works hard to give women a place in the big city. “The city is so male,”she says.“A lot of architecture is male and the city needs a feminine sense for me. I want the city …

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Artist, Activist & Politician: San Francisco’s Debra Walker

November 2013

When artist Debra Walker moved to San Francisco in 1981, she found an affordable space at Developing Environments, a 36-studio live/work artist co-op and San Francisco’s first legal artist residence. And she’s been there ever since, surrounded on all sides by painters, sound artists and circus artists. Walker’s live/work space has allowed her to survive …

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Conversations in song and dance: Five unique acts to take center stage in Tupai

November 2013

Beginning Sunday, October 4, Tupai will host a five-week Fall performance series. From Peruvian folk-dance to speakeasy supper club jazz, each show in the series seeks to transport guests to a distinct era or cultural destination. Rather than providing background music — or, as The Stolen Sweets’ Jen Bernard calls it, “sonically beautiful wallpaper” — …

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Peruvian art, American work: The colorful visions of William Hernandez Molina

November 2013

For all its vivid Latin coloring and Peruvian symbolism, William Hernandez Molina’s art is both modern and whimisical. “Dreamlike,” he calls it. Molina is a Peruvian native and long-time working artist and educator, schooled at Lima’s La Escuela de Bellas Artes. Though he holds abstract art in great esteem, naming Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso …

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Weaving to live, weaving for life: Bridging the generation gap through ancient Andean art

November 2013

High above Cusco, Peru, in an area called the Sacred Valley, sits a cluster of Quechua villages steeped in a rich tradition of textile weaving. For over two thousand years, textiles have been used by the Quechua, Peru’s indigenous people, not only to make a living, but also to illustrate the geography and history of …

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mindFLUX: a film about Richard Foreman

January 2010

mindFLUX explores the creative universe of Richard Foreman. The documentary captures the essence of his motivation, artistic vision, creative process and rise to prominence within the Soho arts community during the 1970s. This fascinating artist courageously bypassed rewards of commercial success to become his generation’s pre-eminent experimental playwright. Ride5 Media Group interviewed over 50 prominent …

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Those Who Play Together, Stay Together

November 2009

When asked what her week looks like, Kaki Marshall replies without a hint of irony: “Mondays and Thursdays I have drag king practice with the River City Riders, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays I work in a government meth lab. No, seriously.” That leaves Kaki Marshall Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to plan Portland, Ore.’s most kick-ass lesbian …

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