The Napping Wizard Sessions


Interview: Nicholas Fraser

Season 3, Ep. 3
In this session, I talk with Nicholas Fraser about his text-based artworks. We focus on Left Hanging, a project where re-purposes his unrequited dating app. intros into ephemeral objects. Love letters like hanging chads cast shadows of conversations that were never properly counted. He spent a great deal of effort crafting these letters, and though they never captured their intended recipient, he found a way to utilize this archive to reach a broader audience. Nicholas’ work for the past decade has focused on the slippages of language, the erasure of meaning, our human desperation to communicate and our dizzying agility at failing at it. But sometimes we succeed, like in this conversation where we get an in-depth look at how Nicholas’ projects evolve and adapt.As you listen to this, I encourage you to take a look at his website: in the U.K., Nicholas Fraser lives in Brooklyn. Left Hanging was featured in the Spring/Break Art Fair and the 2017 Chashama Gala, as well as in a solo exhibition at Hofstra University's Rosenberg Gallery in 2016. His public sculpture, All Consuming, was commissioned for Randall's Island in 2015, the same year that he participated in the Bronx Museum's AIM program. His video Follow was featured in the 2015 AIM Biennale. A solo exhibition of his work was on view at York College/CUNY in February of 2015. He has also exhibited work at the Drawing Center, Interstate Projects, Dorsky Gallery, Flux Factory, Bronx Art Space, Art in Odd Places, La Mama La Galeria, Jack the Pelican and Taller Boricua. He has participated in residencies at MASS MoCA, Skowhegan, Art Omi, Sculpture Space, LMCC and BRIC. International audiences have seen his work in Paris, Seoul, Toronto, Cuba, Russia and Germany. In 2014 he was awarded a NYFA Fellowship for his ongoing video project about storefronts.Sampled clips from, in order of appearance, Joe Cocker, Buckwheat Zydeco, Deee Lite, John Lee Hooker, Nicki Minaj (reading Roald Dahl) via Kanye West, Ray Charles via Norah Jones, Dixie Chicks, Jim Croce, Kid Koala (multiple), David Lee Roth via Van Halen, Tom Waits, Scissor Sisters, Jim Croce, Kid Koala.

Interview: Moo Kwon Han

Season 3, Ep. 1
In this episode I talk with multi-media artist Moo Kwon Han about his recent exhibition, DRUM, at the Gyeongin Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. To make this work, he was granted access to multiple power facilities, many of them nuclear, all in South Korea. In our conversation we unravel the works in the exhibition, from the initial inspirational image of a detail of yellow drums containing radioactively contaminated clothing – a mere fraction of the total drums in this facility – all the way through to a final musical score that encapsulates both the path and the contents of the exhibition. When we see artworks in museums and galleries, it’s like looking at a lightening strike. We’re amazed by the instantaneous moment and evidence of what was created, but we really don’t understand what went into its making. In our conversation, I draw out the creative path Han followed in constructing Drum. I encourage you to look at his website before listening: Han was born in Gyeongju, Korea, andcurrently lives in New York. He has had solo shows at Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2017,2020 forthcoming),Doosan Gallery New York (2009), CUE Art Foundation New York(2009), and Gyeongin (Kyung-In) Art Museum, Seoul (2000, 2019). Han’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Cube Museum, Seongnam;NYMedia Center (2017); The Fondazione Filiberto Menna, Salerno, Italy; Galeria U Jezuitow, Poznan, Poland; Bund18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China; Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea; Nation Centre for Performing Art, Asia Society Mumbai Centre, Mumbai, India; Metropolitan Pavilion, NY; David Zwirner Gallery, NY; Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery/ Asia Society Museum NYC; Unit B Gallery, San Antonio: Hoam Gallery and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.​Han received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts NYC (2006), attended the Skowhegan School (2008) and participated in residencies at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2015-16), Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture (2013-14), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2011-12), LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island (2010), Art OMI (2009) and CUE Art Foundation(2008) and was a Smack Mellon Hot Pick. He was awarded a Korea Hydro Nuclear Power, Co. andGyeongju Cultural Foundation Grant (2020),Puffin Foundation Grant, and New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts (2009) and joined as a review panelist (2014/2017).

Tribute: Iggy Reads

Season 2, Ep. 12
This is a listening show. In a traditional radio format, I collect recordings where Iggy Pop reads from books. Sit back and let Iggy tell you a story or send you to sleep.CLIP LIST (in order of appearance)01. (clip Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)02. (clip: Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman, recording from EP, Leaves of Grass, 2016, with Alva Noto and Tarwater)03. (clip: “Good Evening,” excerpt from fundraising promo for film, The Sandman, with Dario Argento, 2014)04. A Machine for loving, Michel Holleoubecq, recording from Préliminaires, 2009, with Hal Cragin05. From Pent Up Aching Rivers, Walt Whitman, recording from EP, Leaves of Grass, 2016, with Alva Noto and Tarwater06. The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe, recording from Closed On Account Of Rabies, produced by Hal Wilner, 200707. A reading from the bible as Salvatore “Sally” Jenko, recording from Jim Jarmusch film Dead Man, 199508. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 200709. Repo Man, lyric to film theme song, recording from Rizzoli Bookstore by Jeff Slate, 2016, at the release of Jeff Gold’s book Total Chaos, The Story of the Stooges.10. We Are The People, Lou Reed (1971), recording from Free, 2019, with Leron Thomas11. (excerpt, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, recording from Free, 2019, with Noveller)12. The Dawn, recording from Free, 2019, with Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate)13. (clip: American Valhalla, recording from Post Pop Depression, 2018, with Joshua Homme)14. (clip: Les Feuilles Mortes, Jacques Prevert and Joseph Kosma, recording from Préliminaires, 2009, with Hal Cragin)15. (clip Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)

Feature: Marie Duprat

Season 2, Ep. 10
In this show, I’ll walk you through the piano compositions of a friend of mine, Marie Duprat. She composed Variations Kervilahouen after a two-week visit to Belle-ile-en-mer in France in 2006. I’m playing versions mainly from a recording she made at Gennevilliers Conservatory in 2007, but I also mixed in a few – under my narration and the main one from La Pointe du Talut – from a recent concert at L'Atelier du Plateau in Paris in 2019. If you want to listen to just the music, without my commentary, I’m including a Part 2, so you can go there before or after listening to this one.Marie was born in Strasbourg, in the Northeast of France. She studied music at the Strasbourg Conservatory and later moved to Paris to get her piano degree at Gennevilliers Conservatory. She continued her studies, this time in philosophy, history and literature, at the Sorbonne. She was on track to become a professor of philosophy when she was offered a job as an assistant at France Musique to conduct radio interviews dedicated to jazz and classical music. For the next ten years, she immersed herself in the music of others. In 2004, after what she described as exciting years, though filled with anxiety from time away from her own music, she left this job. In 2005 she allowed herself a self-imposed sabbatical to turn back to the piano, singing, writing and finding her artistic center. It was in June 2006 that she went to Kervilahouen. After that time she participated in a theater project in Rome with the comedians and authors Luisa Merloni and Fiora Blasi in Cabaret Hypocondriaque in 2007-2008. In 2011 she composed the music for a film documentary of the structural anthropologist Jean-Pierre Vernant by director Emmanuel Laborie and also composed stage music for a production dedicated to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud titled Vies ou les courants de la lande. In 2013, she realized a project titled Partita based on the No. 2 for piano of Johann Sebastian Bach with dancer and choreographer Laetitia Angot. Next it was her 2008 experience with comedians that led her to again collaborate with Fiora Blasi on Never Mind the Words where the two play the roles of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and Marie recomposed much of the music of the films from the two comedic actors’ catalogs. Her most recent project is another collaboration centered on the allegory of Plato’s Cave. You can find out more about her here: and here: