Momus: The Podcast

Momus: The Podcast promotes “criticism in conversation” on a variety of timely issues relating to contemporary art and the present moment. Momus publisher Sky Goodden, with co-producer and co-host Lauren Wetmore, delve into back rooms and white cubes, bringing Momus’s unique insistence on criticality into a more conversational register. Leading artists, curators, and art writers from around the world weigh in on topics ranging from art journalism, to technology criticism, to the relevance of the Venice Biennale, and the ubiquity of the artist residency. Featured guests include Peggy Gale, Daniel Baumann, Andrew Berardini, Michelle Grabner, Nora Khan, Catherine G. Wagley, Jacob Wren, Tyler Green, and Morgan Quaintance, among many others.

Momus: The Podcast’s first season was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant, in celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary. It was also syndicated by NTS Radio, in the UK, with a listenership of over 500,000.

The first podcast season ends with our final episode, below, devoted to an in-depth consideration of artist-run centers’ contemporary evolution, potential, and future, in Canada.

Episode 7:
“Over, Again and Again,” Renewing Canada’s Artist-Run Culture

October 2018

Screenshot of ARCA’s online database and interactive map of artist-run centres and collectives from across Canada (http://directory.arca.art/)

In Momus: The Podcast‘s 7th episode, we have brought together a group of artists, curators, and scholars to update the conversation around Artist-Run Culture in Canada. It’s a well-known history, one approaching legend, in this country: the emergence of artist-run centers seeking to address a lack of options for artist representation while forming a network across a vast geography; and then their professionalization, one approaching an institutionalization that mirrors the very thing they were made to contravene. Now, in a moment of large shifts across the arts sector, with a recent change to our country’s funding models, and a refocusing of our social values on historically underrepresented groups, our relationship to a Canadian cultural legacy is up for renewal.

Momus: The Podcast is Co-Produced and Co-Hosted by Sky Goodden and Lauren Wetmore. We would like to thank all our contributors to this episode: Caitlin Jones, Peter Morin, Peggy Gale, Sylvie Gilbert and Francois Dion; with thanks to Lorna Brown for her text. Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Season 1 of Momus: The Podcast is brought to you with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant.”

You can stream the episode above, or subscribe/download it on Google PlayiTunes, and Stitcher.

Episode 6:
An Ethics of Abundance with Jacob Wren and Dayna Danger

September 2018

Dayna Danger,
“Gi zhaa goo tha mik, Full Moon Tibikigiizhiswabigoon Ikwe,” 2016. Courtesy the artist.

For this episode of our Criticism in Conversation series, a writer and collaborative performer, Jacob Wren, speaks with artist Dayna Danger, about the line between empowerment and objectification and the meaning of community in both their work. Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish artist whose images highlight and queer power dynamics, kinship, representation, and sexuality. Wren makes collaborative performances, exhibitions and literature, including 2014’s Polyamorous Love Song and this year’s Authenticity is a Feeling, a hybrid of history, performance theory, and memoir. Together they cover a lot of ground, from personal narratives and community relationships to speaking against silence and apathy. We also receive a set of strategies for working and living in capitalist and colonial society, including creating your own rituals and adopting an ethics of abundance.

This episode is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea and production assistance by Mitra Shreeram. It’s brought to you with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant.

You can stream the episode above, or subscribe/download it on Google PlayiTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.

Episode 5:
Conflict of Interest with Tyler Green and Catherine G. Wagley

September 2018

Nancy Spero, “The Dance,” 1993. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong.

In this episode of “Criticism in Conversation”, two art critics and historians discuss “conflict of interest” in contemporary art criticism. Tyler Green, the host of the popular Modern Art Notes Podcast  and Catherine G. Wagley, a critic who regularly publishes with artnet News, the LA Review of Books, and Momus, frame the stakes and risks of a critic writing on contemporary – and even historical – figures in art, especially in light of the market’s increasingly firm grip on our discourse. We can hear them debate the most ethical approach to navigating nepotism, allyship, and critical distance in contemporary art writing. And as a centerpiece to this discussion, they cite the recent example of an art historian outing two leading art publications for acquiescing to the control exercised by a leading gallery over the material published on its artists. In an artworld where conflict-of-interest is endemic and normalized, our attention should be heightened, especially regarding the powers that dictate the terms by which we critique, historicize, and debate. 

Momus: The Podcast is co-produced and co-hosted by Sky Goodden and Lauren Wetmore. This episode is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea and production assistance by Mitra Shreeram. It’s brought to you with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant.

You can stream the episode above, or download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.

 

Episode 4:
Art and Technology Criticism with Nora Khan and Mike Pepi

August 2018

Image courtesy of Shutterstock video: https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-27149662-high-quality-video-man-vr-glasses-on


Two art and technology critics, Nora Khan and Mike Pepi, discuss pushing for a rigorous critical discourse in a creative field that can flatten evaluative distinctions in favor of zealotry for invention. “Criticism of a tool that’s presented as neutral when it really is a piece of social engineering is incredibly hard to do, and there really isn’t a model for criticism in this space,” says Khan. In this far-ranging discussion that touches on the critical distance and yet humanism required of writing on the internet, surveillance, and AI, Khan and Pepi assert that tools aren’t divorced from their makers, and artwork is never post-human – nor post-critique.

“Criticism in Conversation” is a series by Momus: The Podcast, and is co-produced and co-hosted by Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden. This episode of Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and production assistance by Mitra Shreeram. It’s brought to you with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant, and is syndicated by NTS Radio.

You can stream the episode above, or download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.

Episode 3:
Art Criticism vs. Journalism with Catherine G. Wagley and Julia Halperin

August 2018

Agnes Martin, “Untitled #1”, 2003. Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris © 2015 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In the first episode of Momus’s new “Criticism in Conversation” podcast series, an art critic and an art journalist parse the differing responsibilities and approaches of their craft. Catherine G. Wagley (a Momus contributing editor, and a critic for ARTNews and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others) and Julia Halperin (Executive Editor of artnet News, and former Museums Editor for The Art Newspaper) compare notes and find common ground as they consider, in particular, the example of a potent piece of journalism published by Halperin concerning the influence of five commercial galleries on worldwide institutional programming. Wagley wonders if this kind of reporting isn’t also the province of criticism, as these politics affect what we see and how.

“Criticism in Conversation” is a new series by Momus: The Podcast, and is co-produced and co-hosted by Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden. This episode of Momus: The Podcast is edited by Angela Shackel, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and production assistance by Mitra Shreeram. It’s brought to you with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant, and is syndicated by NTS Radio.

You can stream the episode above, or download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.

 

Episode 2:
The Artist Residency

December 2017

Celia Perrin Sidarous, “Vent, Arles” (detail), 2008. Courtesy the artist.

The artist residency has risen to the top of the artworld’s global economy and increasing professionalization, becoming one of the key features of contemporary art practice. Momus publisher and podcast host Sky Goodden leads an overdue critical conversation on this phenomenon and its consequences for art practice in the 21st century. Featuring international voices close to the subject, Goodden – joined by co-host Lauren Wetmore, a Brussels-based curator and writer – discusses the risks and rewards of an actively-commercializing enterprise, and where it came out of.

Momus: The Podcast episode 2 features guests Daniel Baumann (director of Kunsthalle Zürich), Kristy Trinier (artist, curator, and former Banff Centre director), Aaron Cezar (founding director of Delfina Foundation), Michelle Grabner (artist, educator, and artistic director of Front International), and the co-directors of Beirut residency marra.tein, Jared McCormick and George Awde.

We’d like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts’s New Chapter grant for its support in making this podcast’s first season possible. Momus: The Podcast is co-produced by Angela Shackel and Sky Goodden; and edited by Angela Shackel, with assistance from Braden Labonte. We would like to thank our assistant producer, Mitra Shreeram; our composer and music editor Kyle McCrea; and this episode’s co-host, Lauren Wetmore.

You can stream the episode above, or download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.

 

Episode 1:
The Venice Biennale

May 2017

Sarah Lucas, “Margot” (detail), 2015. © British Council and Sadie Coles Gallery.

Welcome to the pilot episode of Momus: The Podcast. For our first broadcast, we focus on the historic Venice Biennale as the 57th edition opens to the public. We air a conversation on its history, institution, relevance, and potential, with insight arriving from a group of critics, curators, artists, and gallerists speaking to us from around the world. In this vibrant and myriad discussion, we question this event’s potential for political comment; its profile amid a “festivalist” biennial culture; its emphasis on nationalism; and the latest edition’s success.

Our pilot contributors include Morgan Quaintance, Andrew Berardini, Kimberlee Córdova, Saelan Twerdy, Sandra Paikowsky, Catherine G. Wagley, Alison HugillMitch Speed, and your host, Sky Goodden.

We’d like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for its support in making this podcast’s first episode possible. Momus: The Podcast is co-produced by Angela Shackel and Sky Goodden; and edited by Angela Shackel. We would like to thank our assistant producer, Mitra Shreeram; and our music composer, Kyle McCrea.

You can stream the episode above, or download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We thank NTS Radio for syndicating and hosting Momus: The Podcast.