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Conversations from Mt Caz, a creative community in Corvallis, Ore. of artists, performers, musicians, designers, media makers, activists, and regular ol' folx. Each episode, we have a free-roaming conversation about themes and questions that arise as we practice creating collaborative environments together. Join us as we open up this exploration in our podcast, and follow along at mtcaz.tumblr.com.

Conversations from Mt Caz, a creative community in Corvallis, Ore. of artists, performers, musicians, designers, media makers, activists, and regular ol' folx. Each episode, we have a free-roaming conversation about themes and questions that arise as we practice creating collaborative environments together. Join us as we open up this exploration in our podcast, and follow along at mtcaz.tumblr.com.
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Conversations from Mt Caz, a creative community in Corvallis, Ore. of artists, performers, musicians, designers, media makers, activists, and regular ol' folx. Each episode, we have a free-roaming conversation about themes and questions that arise as we practice creating collaborative environments together. Join us as we open up this exploration in our podcast, and follow along at mtcaz.tumblr.com.

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English


Episodes

Episode 11: Randomly Stumbling into Unexpected Conversations

9/1/2019
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"We need more friends who will say, Trust me: I’m going to send you to a random place." In this episode, Aranea, Albert, Christina, and visiting artist Danielle Baskin talk about the value of random encounters and pranks in the creative process -- with surprise guest Dori! Hosts: Aranea Push, Albert Kong, Christina Tran, Danielle Baskin Notes: Danielle BaskinDialupMax Hawkins random Spotify playlistWays of Hearing by Damon KrukowskiJustice YeldhamCorvallis Experiments in NoiseYes Men...

Duration:01:04:07

Episode 10: Quotidian Poetry

8/15/2019
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Our July artist-in-residence was poet Will Rogers. We sat down to discuss the themes from his book Seeking & Finding, Holding on / Letting Go and it led us to discuss things like art, permission, social justice and finding the joy in everyday things even when it's difficult to do so. Hosts: Albert Kong, Christina Tran, Aranea Push, Will Rogers Notes: Adrienne Maree Brown - Pleasure Activism Naomi Shihab Nye - Gate A4 (We say A10 in the podcast - woops!) Music: Fading Liftoff by Brian...

Duration:00:51:05

Episode 9: Is it Real? Does it Matter?

8/1/2019
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Our June artist-in-residence at Mt Caz was Matteo Uguzzoni, an architect and designer of real-life games and pervasive street games. It was the perfect opportunity to chat about a question that's been on our minds: "Is it real?" and "Does it matter?" In this episode, Aranea, Albert, Christina, and Matteo sit down for a conversation about the ethics of sharing information when creating fictional realities, and the responsibilities that designers have to their audiences. We discuss alternate...

Duration:01:07:33

Episode 8: "Lil Roleplay Bag"

7/1/2019
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Hop into the lil roleplay bag with us. In this episode, Laura, Brian, Albert, Michael, and Aranea discuss the spectrum of roleplaying games and the creativity involved in playing and designing them. (Pardon the odd audio quality of parts of this episode. We lost one of the mic's audiofiles. You can pretend that the echoey bit during the last portion are because we are recording in a submarine ~u~n~d~e~r~w~a~t~e~r.~) Question of the Week: What is your best idea for an underwater...

Duration:00:48:51

Episode 7: "Sharing Art is Integral to Being Human"

6/2/2019
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In this episode Nathan, Albert, Christina and Aranea talk about the "I did a thing!" feeling. That feeling of satisfaction that comes from sharing a thing in person. Is it necessary to create art? What kind of projects give you that feeling? Question of the Week: Does your process, creative or otherwise, lend itself to that "I did a thing!" feeling. Why not or why? We'd love to see your answers! Tape them to your fridge and send us a picture at mountcaz@gmail.com Hosts: Albert Kong,...

Duration:00:44:16

Episode 6: "Finding Inspiration is a Practice"

5/15/2019
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In this episode Brian, Albert, Aranea and artist-in-residence Ahran discuss motivations. What's the difference between motivation and inspiration? Where can inspiration come from? Is the legitimacy you manifest for yourself enough? Question of the Week: How does motivation without inspiration work for you? Do you need the spark of inspiration to create? We'd love to hear your answers! mountcaz@gmail.com Hosts: Albert Kong, Brian Poucher, Aranea Push, Ahran Lee Notes: Nina...

Duration:00:41:38

Episode 5: Delicate Lines

5/2/2019
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Links: Watch Meow Wolf: Origin Story onlineNina Simone on an artist’s duty(It is our duty to suggest you turn off “autoplay” on youtube videos)Meow Wolf DIY FundCorvallis Experiments in Noise Featuring: Chris DurninChristina TranAlbert Kong Music: “Spacewalk” by SQRIations Edited by: Albert Kong

Duration:00:39:24

Episode 4: "Don't Forget the Joy"

4/16/2019
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In this episode, Aranea, Christina, and artist-in-residence Ahran discuss their creative processes. We talk about the growing pains of building new processes around our values — such as listening to our bodies, believing in our work, sharing our work in ways that foreground connection, and making art for non-monetary purposes. We also open the windows and let in the birdsong. Question of the week: How has your process evolved and what were the challenges during those transitional...

Duration:00:48:26

Episode 3: "Your mileage may vary"

3/4/2019
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In episode 3, Alisha, Aranea, Albert, Christina, and Mt Caz artist-in-residence Alex Roberts discuss the rhythms of life and escaping the cult of productivity. Are we 'abel' to accept our natural rhythms of being, what are the ways in which we can disrupt our unhealthy rhythms, and how can community support us throughout our journeys? Question of the week: How can we build rhythms into our lives that allow for spontaneity and openness? Email responses to mountcaz@gmail.com (and cc...

Duration:00:54:53

Episode 2: "The Power of Naming Something Makes It Real"

2/16/2019
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In this episode, Albert, Aranea, Alisha, and Christina talk about the origins of the name 'Dispatches from Mt. Caz' and the power of language to manifest realities. Question of the week: What is a time you found language for something you previously didn't have before? Email responses to mountcaz@gmail.com Hosts: Albert Kong, Alisha Wang Savson, Aranea Push, Christina Tran Music: "Fading Liftoff" by Brian Poucher Notes: Etymology of Hickey Bar (sort of)Elizabeth Gilbert on...

Duration:00:57:45

Episode 1: Introductions

2/1/2019
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In our introductory episode, we introduce ourselves and Mt. Caz. We discuss making stuff for the sake of making stuff, the catalyzing energy of creative community, and the seasons of an artist's life. Question of the week: What season speaks to you most and why? Hosts: Albert Kong, Alisha Wang Savson, Aranea Push, Christina Tran Music: “Tample” by Nathan Nolte as Sqri Notes: Culture/ShiftAustin "Klingon" Kleon"Impermanence is Beautiful"Aranea PushJapan's 72 microseasonsJen...

Duration:00:52:53