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A brush with... Ali Banisadr

Season 3, Ep. 2

As he prepares for a two-part exhibition in Florence, the Tehran-born, Brooklyn-based artist discusses his life and work through the cultural epiphanies and influences that have shaped him. He talks about drawing in the basement of his family home as the Iran-Iraq war raged around him as a child and how visiting the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy prompted a turning point in his work. He talks about the auditory-visual synaesthesia that means he hears and feels the paintings as he creates them. He recalls life-changing encounters with Michelangelo and Hieronymus Bosch, reflects on his love of epic poetry and Sufi verse, and discusses the music he listens to as he works. And, of course, he answers those tricky questions that close all the A brush with... interviews: if you could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And what is art for? This episode is sponsored by Cork Street Galleries.

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A brush with... Tacita Dean

Season 6, Ep. 2
Ben Luke talks to Tacita Dean, whose 16mm and 35mm films, drawings on blackboard, photogravures, collages, sound works and found object pieces form one of the most poetic bodies of work in contemporary art. Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury in the UK, but for most of her life as an artist has lived outside of Britain, first in Berlin, which has provided the location for some of her most compelling works, and now between the German capital and Los Angeles. As the three-venue group of museum shows she had in London in 2018 proved, Dean has a deep engagement with the traditional genres of art, making numerous moving portraits on film, as well as stirring and lyrical works exploring landscape, seascape and cityscape. Although film is her primary medium, her works are intimately connected in form and content. Her films regularly have a distinctive painterly quality, evoke the process of collage, and relate directly to her drawings. In this podcast she talks about her love of film as a medium, the pioneering techniques she uses, her encounters with the work of Giotto, with Cy Twombly and Julie Mehretu, and the influence of writers including WG Sebald and JG Ballard. She also discusses her work for The Dante Project, a new production at the Royal Opera House in London with choreography by Wayne McGregor and music by Thomas Adès, for which she has provided the costumes and set designs.Plus, she responds to the ultimate questions we ask all our guests: if you could live with just one work of art what would it be? And what is art for? This episode is sponsored byBloomberg Connects.

A brush with... Philippe Parreno

Season 6, Ep. 1
Philippe Parreno talks to Ben Luke in depth about his cultural experiences and influences. A master of exhibition-making, Parreno was born in 1964 in Oran, Algeria, but grew up Grenoble in France. Ever since he emerged in the 1990s, he has used the spaces he shows in and the immediate environment around them as an active presence in his work. Architectural elements in the gallery might be animated at certain moments, lighting might flicker according to scores we don’t see, screens might descend to show examples of Philippe’s diverse video works, at unexpected times. Often these actions are triggered by hidden environmental forces that Philippe harnesses as data to orchestrate his shows.He talks about his close network of collaborators, the group shows they put on early in their careers, his interest in science fiction, his new work about Francisco de Goya's Black Paintings, his aim to make a film about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from the monster's point of view, and the unlikely experience of getting Angus Young from AC/DC to contribute to one of his works. Plus, he responds to the ultimate questions we ask on each podcast: if he could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And, what is art for? This episode is sponsored byBloomberg Connects.Links for this episode:Philippe Parreno at Pilar CorriasDanny/No More Reality at LUMA ArlesJaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, artist and authorDominique Gonzalez-Foerster, artist, at Esther SchipperGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of PhilosophyPier Paolo Pasolini biography on BFI websiteDaniel Buren, artistPeter Plagens on Michael Asher in Artforum in 1972Goya's Black Paintings in the Museo del PradoSchatten/Le Montreur d'Ombres/Warning Shadows at IMDbFiona Sampson on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200The Year Without a Summer on the In Our Time podcastAdam Thirlwell at Granta, and his book Conversation: A Script with Philippe ParrenoPierre Huygh, artist, at Marian Goodman GalleryDanny the Street at DC ComicsNathalie Heinich on Les Immatériaux, exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 in Tate PapersAuthor Kenric MacDowell’s Pharmako-AIPhilippe Parreno’s Federico, initially made for the Lorca’s family home, the Huerta de San Vicente in GranadaNeal Stephenson, authorMarko Nikodijević, composer, at sikorski.deAngus Young on SpotifyDmitri Shostakovich, Fugue no24 in D MinorRobert Filliou, artist, at Peter Freeman, Inc