What are you looking at? is our podcast, now in its third season. 

What are you looking at? is hosted by Theia Connell and produced by Pip Stafford and Contemporary Art Tasmania.

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Episode 4: Unpaid Labour


In Episode 4 of Season 3 we talk to Penelope Benton and Brianna Munting of NAVA, Channon Goodwin of Bus Projects and All Conference and Grace Herbert of Visual Bulk, Constance ARI and Hobiennale about labour and volunteerism in the arts. We ask the questions about why artists and arts workers work for free, when is it okay to work for free and what happens when arts organisations begin to pay artists and workers for their time.


Episode 3: Art & Writing, Writing & Art

In this episode we talk to artists who use text as part of their practice: Jude Abell, Justy Phillips, Sarah Jones and Tricky Walsh about art and writing. We ask them simple questions in an attempt to understand the juncture of art and writing, and art as writing: Are reviews an essential part of being a professional artist? Does writing work to open up or narrow down an art practice? How is text presented as visual art, or what is important as framing text as art?





Episode 2: The Big Three


Antipodean artists traditionally head to the large, blockbuster art exhibitions in Europe, to experience the zeitgeist of contemporary art, at least once in a lifetime. In 2017 "the Big Three" - Documenta, Skulptur Projekte Münster, and the Venice Biennale - are in rare alignment and it seems many Tasmanian artists are taking the opportunity to check them out all at once. Our lucky host, Theia Connell happened to be on residency in Athens as Documenta 14 opened.


Episode 1: Accident & Process


What are you looking at? host, Theia Connell, talks to Accident & Process artist Derek Kreckler, and curator, Hannah Matthews, about the key ideas behind this major exhibition.

A PICA touring exhibition, Accident & Process is a survey exhibition bringing together, for the first time, five decades of the artist’s oeuvre. It encompasses photography, video, installation and performance documentation that dates from the 1970s to the present day. Kreckler is a leading Australian artist known for his experimental conceptual and post-minimalist practice.




Episode 3: Artist to Artist

Artist to Artist was a suite of four solo exhibitions curated by four artist’s presented in ‘rapid fire’ succession across four consecutive Fridays at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2016.

Project curator Kylie Johnson brought together four artist/curator teams: Paul Zika and Jacob Leary, Peter Waller and Micheala Gleave, Amanda Davies and Pat Brassington, Megan Walch and Justene Williams.

In this episode we interview three of the project artists, Peter Waller, Megan Walch and Paul Zika, and project curator, Kylie Johnson about the aims and outcomes of the project.

Angus Ashton and Kylie Johnson also produced video interviews with the artist curator pairs, to sit alongside each exhibition, and we have released these with this episode.



Episode 2: Big, Bright and Shiny 
Art works made for festivals have to be pretty attention-grabbing to rise above the general clamour of sound, food, booze and big audiences. Does this mean that these art works have to be big, bright, loud and spectacular or is there room for quieter, more contemplative work at these events? We speak to Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael, artist Michaela Gleave, and artist, producer and SITUATE provocateur Paul Gazzola. 
 In this episode you will hear sound from A Galaxy of Suns by Michaela Gleave, produced for Dark Mofo 2016 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Evil by Andrew Harper, produced for BRAINSTORM at the Tasmanian College of the Arts for Dark Mofo 2016. 
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Episode 1: Professional Development

Sustaining an art career can be a minefield of administration and opportunities. How do you know what to do? What does professional development mean? Where do you do it? What Are You Looking At host Theia Connell talks to Wendy Morrow, Kylie Johnson, Liam James and Nadege Philippe-Janon to get some answers to these questions.



Episode 3: Pilot Series Final

We all know that art gets bought and sold. And we know that some artists make art that is not so easily bought and sold. So who are the artists, gallerists and collectors in the mix and what do they have to say about the industry that they exist in? Download or stream our most recent episode to find out more.

Episode 3: Collection features Emma Bett, Lucy Bleach, Peter Fay, Tom O'Hern and Tricky Walsh.


Episode 2 of What are you looking at? uses Contemporary Art Tasmania's Envelop(e) exhibition to explore the medium of sound. Host, Briony Kidd, asks "what is sound art?" and "how is it different from music?"
This episode features interviews with envelop(e) curator, Dr Matt Warren, envelop(e) artist Julian Day and Hobart-based artist Mish Meijers, and sounds from envelop(e) artists Jason James, Christina Kubisch and Elizabeth Veldon.


The first episode of What are you looking at?, The Gap, follows on from our successful TAKE 2: Conversations on Art and Feminism symposium and specifically focuses on the pathways for women artists through the art institution. 

What are you looking at? Episode 1 features words from Take 2: Conversations on Art and Feminism speakers, Jackie Dunn and Elvis Richardson, co-convenor Mary Scott and interviews with artists Pat Brassington, Rachel Kendrigan, Selena De Carvalho, James Newitt and Rosemary O'Rourke.