Artist on Art
By Nada Miljković
Artist on ArtMar 24, 2023
Hip Santa Cruz and Ralph Abraham
UCSC Emeritus and Math Professor from 1968 until his retirement in 2020. You can find many youtube videos of Ralph Abraham in conversation with luniminaries such Terrance McKenna, Rupert Sheldridge in the movie, DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a 2010 documentary.
Professor Abraham came to UCSC in 1968 after a distinguished academic career beginning with earning his Bachelors and Masters of Science and Ph.D. (1960) from the University of Michigan. In Mathematics. Before coming to UCSC, he held positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University and Princeton University as assistant professor of mathematics. He has also held visiting positions in Amsterdam, Paris, Warwick, Barcelona, Basel, and Florence. His time at Princeton University was very influential with the introduction of psychedelics, mathematics, leading to chaos theory. He founded the Visual Math Institute at Santa Cruz in 1975; at that time, it was called the "Visual Mathematics Project". You can find information about all the work Ralph has been doing at www.ralph-abraham.org
Tonight we will be talking about his newest books volumes #5, #6 of Hip Santa Cruz. Edited by T. Mike Walker with the assistance of Ralph H. Abraham.
Hip Santa Cruz 6. First-person accounts of the Hip Culture
of Santa Cruz, California in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Calling All Hippies!
Readings from Hip Santa Cruz #6
3-5PM, Saturday, April 8th at
Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
the start of Rock & Roll in the 60's to the Cabrillo College Tipi, Organic Gardens, the beginning of Shakespeare in the Park, and a deep look into Huey P. Newton's UCSC Dissertation, this issue is filled with unexpected miracles and mind blowing truths. Read at your own risk!
Available through Amazon.com or locally at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Come listen to the writers present enticing fragments of juicy prose from their work!
FREE for the public. All welcome.
In this episode, we hear from Former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, Hilary Bryant, talking about the "Save West Cliff" campaign. After that we hear from Erin Malsbury, science writer for the Good Times talking about the James Webb Space Telescope. And in the last part of the show, we'll hear from Todd Guild reporter for the Pajaronian and Good Times about who did the PVUSD board of trustees pick to fill a vacant seat, the latest on the two local children forcibly removed from their homes by “transporters” from Assisted Interventions, Inc and more.
Chris Neely, Todd Guild, Sandy Stone
Chris Neely Politics and Policy reporter for Santa Cruz Lookout, breaking the story showing decades of state law violations by Santa Cruz County talking about the After that we will hear from Todd Guild reporter for the Pajaronian and Good Times Reunification’ therapy sparks call for change among teens & the latest developments on the Meals on Wheels program. In the last part of the show, we will hear from KSQD's Sound Engineer, Sandy Stone about the radio station's expansion plans.
Aiyana Moya, Erin Malsbury, and Consuelo Alba
We hear from: Aiyana Moya, interim news editor for the good times about how Santa Cruz Cities are approaching outdated language around gendered pronouns and Erin Malsbury, science writer for Good Times talking about her newest article on the series of events organized by the santa cruz museum of natural history in reaction to recent series of natural disasters experienced in our County. In the second half of our show, we will be talking with Conseulo Alba, Founder and Director of the Watsonville Film Festival opening this Friday. Hear about the programming and events associated with the 11th annual watsonville film festival.
Immergo Labs - TeleHealth VR for Physical Therapy
Immergo Labs Co-founders Aviv Alor and Michael Powell
The Reverand Herb Schmidt talks about the passing of his best friend, Paul Lee
The Reverand Herb Schmidt talks about the passing of his best friend, Dr. Paul Lee and all the work they did together through their nonprofit, United Services Agency.
Amanda Payne and Evie Carter 12/26/2011
Amanda Payne and Evie Carter 12/26/2011
Andrew C Smith of Indexical
Andrew Christopher Smith of Indexical came into the KZSC Studio to talk about their new album, Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again and upcoming house concert happening this Saturday. More information is at indexical.org.
UCSC’s Climate Conference
In anticipation of UCSC‘s Fifth Annual Climate Conference happening on March 7th at the Rio Theatre, keynote speakers, Paleobotanist, Scott Wing, of the Smithsonian Institute and Professor Emeritus and world-renowned eco-artist activist, Newton Harrison were interviewed on KZSC’s Artists on Art.
We talked about this year’s theme, Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World. It was a pleasure to see the Da Vinci mind in action, how the scientist informs the artist and how the artist informs the scientist.
The 5th Annual UCSC Climate Science and Policy Conference is happening, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Rio Theatre located at 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. This event is free and open to the public. And registering for the conference is highly recommended to ensure your seat.
Daniel Paul Nelson and Phoenix Rose
Daniel Paul Nelson tells us about the Lakota People’s Law Project and their continued work with Chase Iron Eyes and the people of Standing Rock. Call to Action Dance Party is happening this Friday at the Bayview in Aptos. Tickets are available at www.lakotalaw.org.
Pivot Fashion Show with Tina Brown & Rose Sellery
Artists on Art presents the interview with Tina Brown & Rose Sellery, the founders and organizers of Pivot Fashion Show.
The event is September 22, 2018, at the Old Wrigley Building.
PIVOT: The Art of Fashion presents
Hall of Fashion – A Runway Show
in collaboration with the R. Blitzer Gallery
Beth Stephens Talks About EcoSex
On June 3, 2015, UCSC Art Professor Beth Stephens came onto KSCS’s Artists on Art to talk about her work and EcoSex.
Artist Activist, Wes Modes came onto Artists on Art, June 18, 2014, to talk about his newest project, The Secret History of American River People, a slow meandering trip down the Mississippi in a shanty boat collecting stories. Using audio, video, and digital media, Secret History archives and presents oral histories of major American rivers, including the lost stories of river people, river communities, and the river itself, as well as the personal chronicle of his research journey. It will use digital and social media to present and connect river people and and their stories to those far from the river.
Here’s his beautiful movie describing the project.
Wes Modes is an artist activist who cofounded FreeSkool Santa Cruz, SubRosa the Anarchist Cafew, Guerilla Drive-In, & founded The Spoon, an international storyteller’s group. Wes is a radio star and writer among many other accomplishments. He is currently working on his Masters in Fine Arts at UCSC in the Digital Arts and New Media program.
Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz
Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz an artists’ residency and exhibition program, , came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art, to talk about the Slovak artists that are invading Santa Cruz and the many events happening.
The Slovak Artist will be here and the residency takes place from July 3-20. Two main events are in place – an art exhibition at Apricity gallery in Tannery Arts Center and Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. We are also doing music workshops for kids at SC public library and Camp Tannery Arts.
There was a promo event at the ArtBar at the Tannery on July 5th at 4pm.
The grand Opening Reception at the Apricity Gallery is Friday July 18, 5pm – 9pp at the Tannery Arts Center, 1060 River Street, Studio #104, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Opening hours are 12-6pm during July 20, July 24-27, July 31, August 2-3 & 12-9pm on August 1st.
Stephen Kessler – the Art of Poetry & Translation
Poet, translator, essayist, editor and novelist, Stephen Kessler came onto KZSC‘s Artists on Art to talk about his work, the upcoming publication of three books in 2015 and salons at Gabriella Cafe.
Stephen has published several books of poetry, and was founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sun in the 1980s. He has also been editor and/or writer at Santa Cruz Express, and more recently, Metro Santa Cruz. He is widely known as a translator of Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Luis Cernuda, Fernando Alegria and the Spanish Nobel prize winner Vicente Aleixandre. He has published several volumes of poetry.
When asked how how he got into translating Spanish to English, non-native Spanish speaker, Stephen talked about beginning his spanish translation career due to growing up in LA. He believes that all Californians are Mexican.
We also talked about Paul Cocking‘s salons at Gabriella Cafe, the first Tuesday of every month, with dinner at 6pm and conversation at 7pm. December 2, 2014 will feature Patrice Veccione and Wallace Baine talking about creativity. Stephen will have his salon next April 2015 to talk about his translation of Luis Cernuda’s entire works of Poetry.
Mikey Siegel & Beau Silver, inventors and visionaries
On February 12, 2014, Beau Silver & Mikey Siegel came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art to talk about their work at BioFluent Technologies inventing and building “Tools for Integrating the Body, Mind and Spirit.”
We talked about their products; the Heartsynch, Hear Now, Nome. Mikey is the main inventor and Beau works with the computer generated music properties. The inspiration behind these inventions are driven by questions such as: What if the technology that surrounds us every day, in our pockets, on our walls, at our fingertips, could be used to help us learn about ourselves rather than perpetually distract us? What if we could create technology that would help us in our own efforts to be more mindful, present, and accepting towards what is?
Papiba Godinho & Dandha Da Hora of SambaDá
Great show w/ Papiba Godinho & Dandha Da Hora of SambaDá on KZSC‘s Artists on Art about the New Year’s Eve 2015 Party at Moe’s Alley.
It’s going to be a great Celebration.
On May 28th, local dancer, artist, choreographer and yoga teacher, Revital Carroll came onto Artists On Art to talk about herinnovative dance performance, Lotus Moon by Shakti Bhakti Ensemble,
Shakti Bhakti was started by Revital dedicated to the exposition of classical Indian dance and eastern spiritual art.
The event took place at Louden Nelson Auditorium (301 Center St. Santa Cruz) on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 2 PM and 7 PM (two show times). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rising International, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and ending poverty.
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble dancers train under the guidance of Revital Carroll, an internationally acclaimed performer and teacher. All of Shakti Bhakti Ensemble dancers are not native to India but represent the multi-cultural demographics of the bay area. They share with you their journey to the ancient roots of Indian dance, and the perspective of a modern day temple-dancer.
“Lotus Moon” is a spellbinding presentation of traditional Odissi Dance. Merging innovative composition with original video presentations, the show delivers ancient art into the timeless present. A tribute to women worldwide, the choreography showcases the resilience, beauty and power of the feminine.
Event features Rising International’s Global Marketplace, and enables women to rise above poverty in over 20 countries.
Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard
On August 27, 2014, founder and CEO of Bonny Doon Vineyard, educator, author of the book, Been Doon So Long, activist and pioneering Viticulturalist, Randall Grahm came into the KZSC Radio Station to speak about his thirty years plus of making wine in Santa Cruz County.
Bonny Doon Vineyard has been and continues to be an integral part of the Santa Cruz culture. Talk about keeping it weird, Randall has been pushing the envelope on winemaking his entire career. I had my first organic wine experience at their tasting Room almost 20 years ago. My first screw cap wine was Bonny Doon.
During the show, we spoke on many topics ranging from how Randall first got into winemaking to what are his current projects. We discussed who and what have been his inspirations. This got us talking about why the alien is the Bonny Doon Vineyard mascot and what that has to do with Chateauneuf du Pape. He explained how he is the original Rhone Ranger and what that means.
Randall explained how Bonny Doon Vineyard helped bring the screw cap on wine bottles to an unwilling public through an amazing marketing event that happened NYC in 2001 called the Funeral of the Cork.
Randall talked about his estate Popelouchum in San Juan Bautista and how it got its name. We discussed his newest project creating 10,000 new varieties of grapes revealing how and why he is making so many new grape varietals. Lastly, we talked about how is he a terrior seeker and what does that mean.
Paul Lee, UCSC Professor and Writer
In this class, Paul will be discussing the involvement with UCSC and the California Organic and Environmental movements while laying out the philosophical argument between vitalism and physicalism that began with Homer to Galileo to Goethe to today.
We also spoke about his recent TEDxSantaCruz talk about the Thymus Thump and why this was the idea he thought was worth spreading to the world.
Paul Cocking of Gabriella Café
Local restauranteur, Paul Cocking came onto Artists on Art to talk about the art exhibitions and the monthly salons that take place the first Tuesday of every month at his restaurant Gabriella Café.
The July salon, happening July 1st features Michael Urban talking about New Orleans Jazz.
When Paul opened up Gabriella in 1992 with chef Jim Denaven, of Outstanding in the Field and local Santa Cruz sand artist, the idea was to cook with seasonal local farm food. Today, that idea continues.
Papiba Godinho & Dandha Da Hora of SambaDá
Great show w/ Papiba Godinho & Dandha Da Hora of SambaDá on KZSC‘s Artists on Art about the New Year’s Eve 2015 Party at Moe’s Alley.
It’s going to be a great Celebration.
What is Erotic? Organizers and Performers Angela Blessing, Stephano Engle & Michelle Melendez
Local Artists and co-directors, Angela Blessing and Stephano Engle, and performer Michelle Milendez, were guests on KZSC Artists on Art to talk about this year’s “What is Erotic?”
“What is Erotic?” is a Santa Cruz tradition and the Hottest Valentines Date for the ninth year in a row, theatrical event with original performances of spoken word, dance, burlesque and more.
Always a gem, “What is Erotic?” traverses the lightness of love and pleasure and the depths of our own dark and hidden desires. Last year’s six-run show sold out. Be sure to get your tickets early at Brown Paper Tickets.
The 2014 Show Dates are February 7-9 and 14-16 at the 418 Project on 418 Front St. Santa Cruz, CA. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 pm, Sunday shows start at 7 pm.
Doors open 30 minutes early because this show often sells out. Come early! It’s a chance to get a good seat and you can enjoy the “Erotic Salon”, where costumed characters interact with audience (if you like).
All proceeds benefit The 418 Project, since 1993, “The Place to Move and Be Moved”, in downtown Santa Cruz.
Lydia Bushfield of Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Lydia Bushfield is the Marketing Director and Props Master of Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Lydia came onto Artists on Art to tell us about the newest season, the dramatic story of Shakespeare Play, and the future of this beloved festival.
There are some changes. Marco Baricelli & Mike Ryan are co-artistic Director. There is a re-organized Board with some former Directors and some new as well as an Advisory Board. Some things have stayed the same such as the plays taking place on the UCSC Campus in the beautiful Glen
DANMites Stacey Mason & Phil Ly
On April 16, 2014, Graduating MFA Students and Interactive Digital Artists, Stacey Mason and Phil Ly came onto Artist on Art to talk about their work that will be shown in the 2014 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, undercurrents at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 26-27 from noon-5pm and May 1-4, 2014. The Opening night Gala is May 1st from 5-8pm.
Both Stacey and Phil work with games. Stacey focuses on interactive literature in her piece and installation is Between the Cracks explores the boundary between hypertext fiction ebooks and video games. Phil’s video game and installation piece, Interrogation uses both virtual and reality to create the space in which a person can feel “the other” in an uncomfortable situation.
Scott McGilvray & Kaya Lindsay
Scott McGilvray & Kaya Lindsay came into the KZSC station October 22, 2014 to talk about the movie, Water for Santa Cruz County.
Water for Santa Cruz County is a short film (twenty-minute) that examines short- and long-range water source alternatives, and calls citizens, businesses, and other organizations to help shape a sustainable water strategy for Santa Cruz. This movie is the product of six months of research including interviews with city water officials, water treatment plant operators, the county water resources director, and others.
Dedicated to the Power of Small Ideas, Water for Santa Cruz County will debut at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.
Education is the first and most important step toward thoughtful, sustainable, community-driven reform.
On January 8, 2014, musician, writer, and performer, Kim Luke came into KZSC to talk about her art and particularly the art of making lists. It was great having her be the first guest of 2014.
Currently, Kim is the voice of the Santa Cruz Warriors. She recently retired from announcing for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls having been with them from the very beginning. Kim’s began her musical career by performing with the Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada. Kim’s current band is the Henry’s.
Jennifer Radakovich & Cat Willis
Jennifer Radakovich and Cat Willis came into the KZSC Radio Station on September 10, 2014 on Artists on Art to talk about the upcoming Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival happening September 13 & 14th at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center.
Queen Jasmeen, poet and spoken word artist
Queen Jasmeen came onto Artists on Art, February 26, 2014 to talk about her poetry and art as well as her upcoming talk, entitled Creative Resistance as Activism, at the third TEDxSantaCruz Event happening March 8, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.
Queen Jasmeen, otherwise known as Jasmine Schlafke, is a spoken word artist dedicated to social change. She is the executive curator of the Legendary Santa Cruz Slam and teaches poetry to over 800 local youth annually. Jasmine is the 1999 recipient of the National Jefferson Award for outstanding voluntarism for her work with teen parents. She looks forward to sharing what keeps her activated through poetry.
Elissa Kline & Ian Janco
On September 3, 2014, local artists, mother & son duo, Elissa Kline & Ian Janco came into UCSC’s KZSC radio station to talk about their work.
Elissa Kline is a fine art photographer who works as an advocate for wild horses working with Return to Freedom, a sanctuary in Lompoc. Elissa and Ian come from a long line of artists. Her Grandfather was a Dada artist and her mother and father were both artists. In Elissa’s former life, she was a recording engineer and studio manager in New York and LA. Then over twenty years ago, she began working with Carole King first as a her ranch manager and now as her photographer.
Ian Janco is a songwriter and musician who just released his album Stronghold. He had a cd release party at the ArtBar in the Tannery Arts Center, September 6th that was also a fundraiser for Guitars Not Guns Music Program.
Irene Lusztig, UCSC film professor, filmmaker, and new media artist
UCSC film professor, filmmaker, media archeologist, and new media artist, Irene Lusztig spoke about curating the latest Sesnon Gallery Exhibition, COMPLICATED LABORS feminism, maternity, and creative practicethat features many practicing feminist artists from the 1969 to today.
Irene’s film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Her work can be seen at her website, Komsomofilm.com.
COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY exhibition runs February 5 – March 15, 2014 at the Sesnon Gallery and features work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The show also features a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Beth Hall and Mark Cooley, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Linsey Wolkowicz.
On November 5, 2014, performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Guillermo Gómez-Peña came onto Artists on Art to talk about his UCSC residency and the collaborative project Doc/Undoc exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery. He performs, Imaginary Activism, at UCSC’s DARC, November 6th at 8pm.
Huge thanks to Shelby Graham, director and curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery, for inviting Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and 10 books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, border culture and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over eight hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow, Bessie and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).
On July 23, 2014 local actor, artist, comedian,Greg Paroff came into UCSC’s KZSC radio station about the his being a Fringe Artist and hosting the Artist Interviews for this year’s Fringe Festival 2014,
Greg Paroff is Hill-air-ee-usss! Look for Greg around town doing his art, Shakespeare riffs and stand-up comedy. He did an open mic last night at the Bocci’s Cellar as a part of Santa Cruz Comedy Coalition. We’re hoping for an encore show soon because there were technical difficulties with his video.
David Warren, TEDxSantaCruz co-organizer, educator, technologist, activist
TEDxSantaCruz Founder and Co-Organizer, David Warren came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work with TEDxSantaCruz as well as at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.
Jayme Kelly Curtis, Celebrating Santa Cruz’s Lutherie Community
Singer, Songwriter and event producer, Jayme Kelly Curtis came onto Artists on Art to talk about the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival events running February 1–March 15, 2014.
Celebrating Santa Cruz’s Amazing Lutherie Community, this six week long festival is a series of events that feature 20 of the worlds most admired guitar builders who live and work here in Santa Cruz County. This week is the First Friday: Exploring Guitars and Lutherie Friday, February 7, 2014, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, with lots of events at the R. Blitzer Gallery in the old Wrigley Building on Mission Extension on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
Collene Kollewe, Erin Price, Nahshon Marden, Bare Outlines Company
Dancers and Choreographers Collene Kollewe, Erin Price and Nahshon Marden of the dance company, Bare Outlines came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art to talk about their upcoming dance event, the Faraway NearBy at Motion Pacific’s program, the Incubator Project.
Along with Collene, Erin and Nahshon, the Bare Outlines Dance Company also includes Callie Daniel, Molly Katzman, Sierrah Dietz and Chelsea Zamora. Faraway Near By also features guest choreographers Molly Katzman & Sierrah Dietz and takes place January 17th, 18th and 19th 8:00pm at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz.
The show discusses the affectionate distances at which people desire things. It expresses the flowing and distant feelings which come from wanting something but not quite obtaining it. Exploring the pathways which our desires create and the moments that they mesmerize you.
Claire Thorson, artist and educator at Cabrillo College
Visual Artist and Educator, Claire Thorson came onto KZSC and Artists on Art to talk about her exhibition,”Desire and Inquiry: The Art of Claire Thorson” that is available for viewing on the Museo Eduardo Carrillo, one of the first on-line museums in the world.
When you enter the museum and go to the On-View Gallery page you will find two abstract paintings by Claire entitled “Rest” and “Last Touch”. Directly under the images is a wonderful essay by Tom Maderos. Underneath the essay, you will be able to see 16 more paintings and drawings.
Claire teaches, painting, design and life drawing at Cabrillo College as well as the Monterey Peninsula College. Currently she is showing “Near and Far”, mixed media figures by Claire Thorson at Open Ground Studios, 1230 Fremont Blvd Seaside, CA through February 22. Gallery hours are Tues & Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 12:00-4:00, or by appt.
Cat Willis, Dancer, Performer, Educator, Entrepreneur
Founder and Director of Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Cat Willis came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work as well as her presentation at the third TEDx Santacruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.
Cat has lived in Santa Cruz for over 13 years and originally from Rochester, N.Y. She began her formal dance education with Garth Fagan Dance, with whom she studied extensively for six years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Her passion for cross cultural understanding, dance arts research, study, and performance has led her to Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. She has taught dance throughout Santa Cruz, including two years with Mountain Elementary School as resident choreographer. Her work through her dance company, DIASPORA, has been shown throughout Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal
KZSC‘s Station Advisors Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal came onto Artists on Art June 11, 2014 to talk about the art of college radio making.
Michael Bryant has been the station advisor for 14 years and on the radio air for over forty years. He was the host of the beloved KZSC Beatles show, Here, There and Everywhere.
Michael and is handing the reigns over to Keith Rozendal on Solstice, June 21st, 2014 . Keith is scientific and medical journalist, and former new, public affairs director and program director at KCSB, UC Santa Barbara’s college station.
Jasmina Bojic – Executive Director United Nations Assoc. Film Fest
Human rights advocate and educator, Ms. Jasmina Bojic spoke with Nada on KZSC’s Artists on Art radio program October 29, 2014 about her work and the winners of this year’s 17th United Nations Association Film Festival. Ms. Bojic is a Lecturer/Film Critic/Founder and Executive Director UNAFF/UNAFF Traveling Film Festival and Director, Camera As Witness Program.
Last July, Ms. Bojic won the UNESCO Fellini Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film. She uses documentary films as a method to incorporate human rights education into the community college classroom.
To hear our broadcast in entirety, please click on the arrow key below.
Jasmina is Founder and Director of the CAMERA AS WITNESS program which extends the educational use of UNAFF documentaries throughout the academic year at Stanford. She uses documentary films as a method to incorporate human rights education into the community college classroom. Alongside the UNAFF through sample lesson plans, pedagogic resources and materials, and strategies for reaching diverse student populations.
17 years ago, Jasmina conceptualized what would become one of the oldest international documentary film festivals in the US – UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) at Stanford University, which became Traveling Film Festival in year 2000. Last July she won the UNESCO Fellini Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film. The Federico Fellini Medal was created by UNESCO in 1994 to recognize major contributions to the international film heritage, its promotion and preservation.
Ms. Bojic has been working as a journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering many political and cultural events, including the Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, Tribeca. She uses documentary films as a method to incorporate human rights education into the community college classroom. She has created comprehensive sample lesson plans, pedagogic resources and materials, strategies for reaching diverse student populations and an archive of videos for educational use.
UCSC Professor of Anthropology, Annapurna Pandey came onto Artists on Art on June 18, 2014 to talk about her work with Indian Traditional and Bollywood dance and promote the upcoming event, Mokshya! featuring the world acclaimed Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe.
Professor Pandey work with the Indian Performing Arts Promotions the are bringing the Dance Troupe presentation Mokshya! An Intoxicating Spiritual Journey Through Dance Featuring the world acclaimed Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe And Special Guest Mythili Kumar.
This event is happening for one show only June 20, 2014 at the Santa Cruz High School Auditorium 415 Walnut Ave. Santa Cruz, CA. Click here for tickets.
Also, Rising International will be there is with a pop-up shop selling wares that empower women locally and globally out of extreme poverty.
Last week’s guest Revital Carroll founder and director of Shakti Bhakti Ensemble has been learning Odissi Dance by the very same, Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe. She goes to India to see them and now they are coming here. What a small beautiful world!
This is their sixth trip to the US and Santa Cruz. This is also an amazing opportunity to see men perform Odissi dance.
Andrew Purchin, Live Art Painter and Healer
Painter, Creative Witness, and Healer, Andrew Purchin came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work, the Creative Witnessing Project—making art at sites of tension, conflict and violence. He will be bringing to the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.
Andrew paints on site, be it landscapes or at events such as weddings or at historical moments. The types of events and moments he captures vary from the 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration to difficult and painful events, sites of conflict, violence and loss. He paints these places as way to witness, spur dialogue and help heal the community.
Pamela Wylie & Ellen O’Hanlon
On March 25, 2013, local artists Pamela Wylie and Ellen O’Hanlon were guests on Artist on Art. They came into the KZSC studio to talk about their upcoming April First Friday painting exhibit, Painting Into Our Emerging Cosmological Identity.
Painting Into Our Emerging Cosmological Identity is an exciting culmination of a year long educational collaboration using the creative Transformational Painting Process led by artistic director of Anavami Center, Maijo with cosmological astrologer Rev. Pamela, group facilitator Ellen, and a group of 10 courageous painters.
These large format acrylic paintings will be shown at the Vital Body Therapy Center from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 556 Ocean View Ave. in Santa Cruz right around the corner from the Shoppers Corner.
We also talked about the upcoming year-long series beginning May of 2013 through the summer of 2014, PAINTING into OUR EMERGING COSMOLOGICAL MYTHOLOGY.
Transformational Painting is a technique to stir the psyche to new awareness with realizations of our relationships to inner and outer worlds through painting. The painters embarked on a creative journey combining the creative Transformational Painting process and the new cosmological sciences. This project demonstrates how scientific language and symbols can support an inclusive rich and diverse emerging Universal culture and a more integrated context for transformative shifts in consciousness.
10 artists will show one large format painting, on the subject of their personal Cosmological identity. They are non-traditionally trained artists from a variety of backgrounds. Their work shows an approach to express, explore and integrate newest science discoveries with personal and emerging collective cosmological mythology.
Extended Painting Seminar, beginning May of 2013 through summer of 2014, PAINTING into OUR EMERGING COSMOLOGICAL MYTHOLOGY is open to take in components. Through an exploration of interconnectedness, they will learn how the powers of the Universe move within each of us. Exploring personal archetypes in the Creative Process, they will shift from their inherited stories to generative sustainable evolutionary stories of global community. Each month their paintings will resonate with a central figure of your personal mythology on the backdrop of our growing evolutionary consciousness. Get to know the char-acters that inhabit your mythology.
This kind of inner creative work takes no experience in the visual arts, but demands a willingness to release old stories and dramas that keep us in separation. There is an initial one-time fee of $60 for personal cosmological/astrological information from Pamela Wylie that can be used through the entire seminar. There is a monthly fee of $30 for additional information relating cosmological/astrological context, as well as a painting fee of $160-$185 sliding scale, to Majio which includes art materials and digital photographs.
Lynora Valdez & Noah Miska
Graduating UCSC Artists and recipients of the Irwin 2013 Scholar Awards, photographer and writer Lynora Valdez & Noah Miska.
The Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2013 is an annual collaborative group show recognizing and celebrating the vision of twelve artists in the Art Department at UCSC. The opening reception, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is May 29, from 5-7pm with Awards Ceremony at 6pm. The exhibition runs May 29 through June 15, 2013.
This year’s recipient artists are Jose Rodriguez, Dmitri Zurita, Heidi Cramer, Noah Miska, Jessie Chernetsty, Lynora Valdez, Joanne Wong, Ethan Snyderman, Katherina Teague, Coleman Pritchard, Patrick Appleby and Christopher Cravey,
On June 19, 2013, local Santa Cruz Artist, Musician, Designer and Painter, Terry Hardin of the Spell, came onto KZSC’s Artist on Art to talk about his music.
The Spell will be playing at the First Annual Pleasure Point Street Faire, June 22nd with special guest, Nadia Lewis.
On June 28th, the Spell will be playing with at the Crow’s Nest with special guest, Nora Cruz.
Artist, sculptor, educator and musician, Steve Addi of Artscape Productions came onto Artists on Art, June 26th, to talk about his current project, a mobile metal smithing sculpture creating machine.
Steve begins his road trip August 2013 and will be giving workshops and educational seminars as well as creating new sculpture wherever he can. He makes large pieces, sometimes monumental in size, using steel and glass. He randomly places the two media together and then composes until he views it as balanced and complete. He loves combining the solidity and longevity of steel with the fragility of glass.
Steve sees art as a way to of tapping into a higher consciousness, as man is the only earthly being who creates as a way to communicate and express. One of the goals of his life is to promote this ideal.
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens
Performance Artists, Sexecologists, Eco-Artists, and long-term collaborators Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens came onto Artist on Art to talk about the upcoming West Coast Premiere of their movie, Goodbye Gauley Mountain, an Ecosexual Love Story. This takes place the opening night of the Santa Cruz Film Festival, November 7, 2013 at 7pm at the Del Mar Theater.
After the show, there will be a question and answer period and then a short walk over to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) Opening Night Party. and runs through the 10th changing from usual Spring to Fall schedule. Plus with 40 plus movies showing, there are a bunch of fun events planned.
“This is, without compare, the sexiest nature documentary and one of the most profound films to deal with the beauty and tragedy of the Appalachian Mountains in the age of King Coal.” Russ McSpadden, Earth First! Journal.
Sean & Laura Walker
Painter and sculptor, Sean Walker and belly dancer and educator, Laura Barnes Walker came on to Artist on Art to speak with Nada about their upcoming exhibition and performance at the DoonArt Tour.
Sean’s work predominantly feature birds, fish, and marine mammals images depicted on wood panels using paint, wood burning, and some carving to highlight the images. His experiences is inspired by the lush and rugged Pacific coastline and ocean.
Dancer & yoga teacher, Laura has been dancing American Tribal Style Belly Dance (ATS) for over ten years teaching for the last five. Her troupe, Calla Lily Tribal will perform a choreographed piece as well as ATS pieces that are extemporaneously by multiple leaders through cues such as a turn of the head and/or a wave of a hand. She teaches two classes each week at the West Side Studio on Swift Street in Santa Cruz.
Sean’s paintings will be available for viewing and sales at the 2013 Bonny Doon Studio Tour, Saturday July 27th & Sunday July 28th from 11am – 6pm. Calla Lily will be performing at 3pm both days.
Scott & Chris McGilvray
Father and Son, Scott and Chris McGilvray spoke with Nada Miljkovic about their newest film, Water for Santa Cruz! Scott is a water conservationist expert, educator, and has a company, Water Aware, that is dedicated to reducing your water consumption. Chris is a co-owner of the film company Six Finger Films.
Water for Santa Cruz! is an educational and inspirational film that explores our local water sources and interviews local water experts about three specific steps to water security as alternatives to the proposed Desalination Plant.
Water for Santa Cruz! premieres July 11 at 7:30pm at the Rio Theatre. The event also includes musical performances by Steve Newman’s Kitchen Jazz, Gail Swain, Michael Levy, and Russell Brutsche and several other short documentaries.
On June 3rd, Artist, Painter, Poet, Philosopher and brand new UCSC graduate, Sara True was the guest on KZSC’s Artist on Art to talk about about her two, one-person exhibitions, “I Guess This is Life” at the Eduardo Carrillo Senior Gallery in the Elena Baskin Visual Arts and at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios, “Don’t Bleed so Loud I can’t Hear the TV”.
The Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios show reception was June 7th @ 118 Coral Street in downtown Santa Cruz. The show will be up for the month of June.
Please visit Sara’s website SaraTrueArt.Weebly.com to see her wonderful paintings and her process through a lovely slideshow.
Russ Leal of Extra Large
On December 11, 2013, Santa Cruz singer and songwriter Russ Leal of Extra Large, came into KZSC and spoke with Nada Miljkovic of Artists on Art about the history of his feel good happy vibration music and band. The band will be playing at the Crow’s Nest for New Year’s Eve 2014 Party.
Robert P. Burkhart
On May 20, 2013, Cellist Robert Burkhart came onto Artists on Art to talk about his music and the upcoming event Afternoon Chamber Music, Music for Cello and Piano, with pianist, Jeffrey Sykes.
During our interview, Robert performed tasty teasers and spoke about the three songs he and Jeffrey will be performing, Brahms, Schumann and Debussy. Robert aslo talked about the specialness of the venue and the piano, a pleyel, that Jeffrey will be playing.
The Afternoon Chamber Music, Music for Cello and Piano, A Schumann Brahms Debussy Matinee is happening Sunday May 26th at the Salle Pianos at 1632 C Market Street @ Hayes Street in San Francisco.
On May 31, 2013, Santa Cruz Artist Gallery Owner and Director, Robbie Schoen spoke with Nada Miljkovic about his upcoming one person show at the Felix Culpa Gallery.
The Opening Reception will take place at the Felix Culpa Gallery on June 7th at a part of the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour.
Rob Hart, Musician, Drummer of Rob Hart Trio
Drummer, Rob Hart, of the Rob Hart Trio came onto KZSC’s Artist on Art to talk about his music and the upcoming release of the CD, 3000 Roads of 10 Worlds.
The Rob Hart Trio will be playing at Yoshi’s Oakland Jazz Club, July 1, 2013, in celebration of the release of 3000 Roads of 10 Worlds. The Yoshi’s show will feature many musicians and special guest Kai Eckhardt for a dedication to long-time band mate and recently passed, John Seppela.
Happy New Year 2014 from Artists on Art
Artists on Art wishes you a Very Happy Holidays & New Year 2014!
December has been flying by. Time seems to be faster than usual. We’ve had some great shows featuring a lot of live music performances.
Below are the Podcasts for the last couple of shows beginning from the top, Kevin Devaney, then Ann Hazels,SambaDá & Ray Newkirk.
The Fertile Circle – Raquel Cool, Leah Campbell & Miriam Zoll
Artist, Raquel Cool came onto Artists on Art on October 9, 2013 to talk about her new art work, the Fertile Circle, Egg Donors to Adoption and Everything in Between and working collaboratively with Leah Campbell and Miriam Zoll.The three women, Raquel Cool, Leah Campbell and Miriam Zoll, met online through the group co-founded by Raquel, We Are Egg Donors. They began discussing how their unique experiences with egg donation and in-vitro fertilization could weave together a narrative dictated, in part, from books they have written. Campell’s Single Infertile Female, and Zoll’s Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies (Interlink-June 2013) were both released in 2013, and Cool’s memoir, Work in Progress: On Hauling Cadavers, Selling My Eggs, and Other Unlikely Jobs, will be released in 2014.
The Fertile Circle will feature two events. First, there will be an Art Reception with Dramatic readings and performance by Cool, Zoll, and Campbell; reception for ARO’s Body exhibition; and liquid nitrogen cocktails on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 7pm-10pm, at Art Research Office (285 Water Street, Unit B, behind Vapor Cleaners.)
Second, there will be an Author Talk and Book Signing at the Capitola Book Cafe will host a public conversation by Miriam Zoll and Leah Campbell on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe is located on 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, CA.
On March 25th, DANMite Alumnus, Artist and Augmented Reality Guru, Phoenix Toews came onto the radio show to talk about his current work developing open source programming for location aware augmented reality for art generation, virtual gallery spaces and games applications.
Since graduating, along with fellow DANMite Meredith Drum and Mitch Miller, Phoenix , the three began the company Augmented Mountain. They are currently in the throes of a kickstarter campaign, Open Source Palimpsest: Your Imagination, Any Place. They are looking for help to improve user interface, test and finish for use the open source program, Palimpsest.
For two years, Augmented Mountain has been developing Augmented Reality (AR) apps. The team does this using a powerful and unique programming language called Palimpsest, developed by Phoenix. The name pays homage to Archimedes’ manuscript which contains hundreds of pages of math and theories explaining and questioning reality. Palimpsest enables the building of dynamic interactive computer generated environments which transform real world geographies.
Augmented Reality is a new frontier in digital media. With your help, Palimpsest can lead the way.
Professor of Film and Digital Media at UCSC, Peter Limbrick spoke with Nada Miljkovic about the 2 day Symposium, Unfixed Itineraries Exhibition: Innovative perspectives on Arab film and visual culture that he co-organized.
This symposium of scholars and artists takes place October 25 — 26, 2013 @ UCSC’s DARC and includes an exhibition of visual art at the Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC. This event is free and open to the public.
This symposium on Arab film and visual culture emphasizes its plurality, the complex itineraries by which it is produced, and the multiple trajectories through which it can be experienced. Artists and scholars will visit from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Europe and the US. Work presented will cover a wide area of forms, styles and thematic concerns. Featuring participation and work by: Livia Alexander • Michael Allan • Ahmed Bouanani • Dore Bowen • Ali Cherri • Kay Dickinson • Tarek El-Ariss • Nouri Gana • John Greyson • Lamia Joreige • Hassan Khan • Marie El Khazen • Sunaina Maira • Nabil Maleh • Susette Min • Stefania Pandolfo • Larissa Sansour • Zineb Sedira • Jeffrey Skoller. With special guest: Moumen Smihi
Symposium screenings, panels and presentations will address topics such as: Movement and Extra-territoriality; Itineraries of Intertextuality; Past, Present and Future Itineraries; Narrative and non-Narrative Itineraries; Archives, Images, Memory.
Unfixed Itineraries Exhibition:
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
October 25 – December 10
Work by Hassan Khan, Zineb Sedira, Marie El Khazen
Reception October 25, 5 – 7pm
Moumen Smihi, Poet of Tangier
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
October 10 – 27
Peter Limbrick Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC
Omnia El Shakry Associate Professor, History, UC Davis
UCSC Steering Committee:
Shelby Graham, Director/Curator, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Soraya Murray, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Irene Lusztig, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies
Jennifer Derr, Assistant Professor, History
On February 4th, artist, producer, director, and life coach Misha Bonaventura came onto Artist on Art to talk about the upcoming annual, What is Erotic?, fundraiser for the 418 Project.
Santa Cruz’s hottest Valentines date is back again at The 418 Project. Now in its eighth year, this blockbuster show features original, local performance art answering one provocative question: What Is Erotic?
What is Erotic? runs February 14-17, Thursday through Sunday and the following weekend February 21-24. Pre-show Salon, participatory workshop, begins at 7:30pm and curtains fall at 8pm. Sunday shows are an hour earlier with Salon at 6:30 and show beginning at 7pm.
Tickets now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets. Get your tickets now folks. This show will sell out. For more information call 831.466.9770.
Misha has other projects such as the Evolutionary One, a dating evolutionary and is co-founder of REAL. HOT: Get real. Be Hot. a foundation dedicated to developing self-awareness, trust, empathy and authenticity through self-expression and the arts.
Dixie Mills, Sandra Risser & Dana Sumnar-Pritchard – Santa Cruz Fringe Festival
On July 10, 2013, the Director of the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, Dixie Mills, and participating artists Sandra Risser and Dana Sumnar-Pritchard came into KZSC with Nada Miljkovic about the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. Sandra Risser is performing an interactive comedy show that she wrote and directed entitled, Act 1: Miss your Ex? Reload and Fire Again. Dana Sumnar-Pritchard is performing a show that she wrote entitled Boobs and Hope.
Dixie is the Director for this 10 day festival that brings together over 30 art groups for over 150 performances beginning July 11th and ending July 20th. There are seven venues for the festival: The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, the 418 Project, the MAH, Louden Nelson, Motion Pacific, and Center Stage.
On June 3, 2013, brand spanking new PhD graduate at UCSC’s Games and Playable Media Center, Mike Treanor came into the KZSC studio to talk with Nada Miljkovic on Artist on Art.
Mike will begin his teaching this fall at the American University in Washington DC and developing a game department.
Mike is a developer and theorist. He was researching in the Expressive Intelligence Studio which is dedicated to exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence, art and design. A major thrust of this work is advanced AI for video games.
Multi-Media Artist, Michael Villareal came on Artist on Art at KZSC October 9. 2013 to talk about his painting and participating for the first in the Open Studio Art Tour of Santa Cruz County.
Michael’s paintings are moments of time, each having its own story in the style of representational art a little Hopper in space and color and little Maxfield Parrish in terms of illumination.
Matthew Swinnerton of Event Santa Cruz, Techraising and Interrogation Hub came onto Artist on Art to talk with Nada Miljkovic about his new monthly series, Event Santa Cruz, that showcases thriving Santa Cruz businesses and the people behind them.
Come to the inaugural night of Event Santa Cruz at The Nickelodeon theater, September 18th, 2013 at 7:00 pm and experience seven (7) Santa Cruzans telling stories about themselves, their businesses, and how awesome it is to live and work in Santa Cruz. This is not just another speaker series— please be prepared to have fun and enjoy a truly unique Santa Cruz experience!
The scheduled Speakers are:Danny Keith – Director Corporate Sponsorships at Santa Cruz Warriors, Executive Director Grind Out Hunger Margaret Rosas – Looker Afterer at Looker, Co-Founder of TechRaising Chris Miller – Rocket Scientist at Launch Brigade Shane Pearlman – CEO at Modern Tribe, Real Estate Investor & Speaker Ryan Coonerty – Director of Government Relations & Strategy at PredPol, Inc., CoFounder of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, and CoFounderSanta Cruz NEXT Kendra Baker – Owner/chef at The Penny Ice Creamery and The Picnic Basket Kim Luke – Writer, performer, voice of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls and The Santa Cruz Warriors
On January 15, 2013, artist, photographer, community activist, chief interrrigator, Matthew Swinnerton came into KZSC to talk his about a passions for art & entrepreneurship.
Matthew, along with Margaret Rosas and Andrew Mueller, is one of the Co-Founders of TechRaising, lead interrogator at Interrogation Hub, and Co-creator Publisher of Instant Magazine. Matthew is very active in the tech community here in Santa Cruz. Matthew is an accomplished public speaker and has written many articles for trade publications including his interviews with Silicon Valley CEO’s and entrepreneurs.
Matthew’s newest company, Instant Magazine, a project with Studio Holladay and Eric Johnson, is about to publish their new second issue of Instant 1.2. At the last TechRaising in October 2013, the Instant Publishing Group created an instant magazine chronicling the 3rd Annual Techraising weekend and looking at techies that have built things and been successful in Santa Cruz. You can buy Instant Magazine in digital form through MagCloud and in print at Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Cameron Marks Boutique on the Westside by Kelly’s French Baker. The deadline for sponsoring the second issue is January 25, 2013.
On January 21, 2013, Matthew organized the very successful Evening with Chris Guillebeau (The author of the $100 Startup and The Art of Non Conformity) at Cruzio.
On May 5, 2013, local artist/educator and artistic director of Anavami Center, Maijo came into the KZSC studio to talk about the upcoming year-long series beginning May of 2013 through the summer of 2014, Painting Into Our Emerging Cosmological Mythology.
Led by Majio, Painting Into Our Emerging Cosmological Mythology is a year long educational collaboration using the creative Transformational Painting Process.
We also talked about the upcoming 5 day 2013 Fall Retreat at Ghost Ranch , Abiquiu, New Mexico, Georgia O’Keefe’s old stomping grounds. Early Registration is necessary for Ghost Ranch lodging! Contact: Majio 831 420-1349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.