Bitcoin: The Culture of Cryptocurrency
On The Cultural Frontline this week: borders, journeys and the power of place. Can Bitcoin change the world of art? We hear from the crypto-artist, Valentina Picozzi and the gallery owner, Eleesa Dadiani, on the impact the borderless cryptocurrency is having on both the making and trading of art. The writer and President of PEN Hong Kong Jason Ng discusses the challenge of navigating the fine line between censorship and freedom of expression in China and Hong Kong. The Irish writer Gerard...
Picturing a New Zimbabwe
After the fall of Mugabe, two leading Zimbabwean artists reflect on his presidency and look ahead to the future of their country. With hip hop musician Sharky, AKA Marshall Muchenje, and the novelist Ignatius Mabasa. We take a step inside the rehearsal room of the choreographer Kyle Abrahams as he prepares his new show, Pavement, inspired by the writing of WE Dubois and the film Boyz in the Hood. The ground breaking Icelandic musician Björk tells us why she’s dreaming of Utopia in her...
Australia says Yes
Australian artists speak out in the name of love. We join comedians, cabaret singers and Priscilla Queen of the Desert star Tony Sheldon as they reflect on their country's historic vote in favour of same sex marriage. The comedian Ronny Chieng reveals what life was like joining the hit comedy news programme, The Daily Show just as the United States was preparing for one of the most momentous elections in its history. Plus the author JJ Bola takes us back to his childhood home and tells us...
Punk, Protest and Pussy Riot
Can you change the world through art and activism? Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot tells the Cultural Frontline about her manifesto for change through artistic action that she advocates in her new book, Riot Days. Shut for 10 years, we find out why the reopening of Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art has been met with both praise and protest. The award winning South Korean writer Han Kang on how the streets of Warsaw inspired her new novel, The White Book, a work shaped by memories of...
The Culture of Harassment in Nollywood and Bollywood.
As Hollywood continues to react to the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against film mogul Harvey Weinstein and other leading stars, we speak to two leading film-makers, Nigeria’s Tope Oshin and India’s Rahul Aggarwal about the culture of harassment and exploitation within their countries’ film industries, Nollywood and Bollywood. In the light of the United States and Israel’s withdrawal from Unesco we speak to Italian writer Marco d'Eramo and French planner Francis Engelmann...
An Act Of Censorship Or Cultural Sensitivity?
Should a divisive, traumatising sculpture have been dismantled? ‘Scaffold’, a sculpture by white American artist Sam Durant, was intended to explore America’s relationship with capital punishment. A faithful replica of seven hangman’s gallows, the work reflects the execution of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862, in what was the largest government-sanctioned mass-hanging in U.S. history. When erected by a prestigious art gallery in Minnesota, in full sight of Dakota land, protestors called the work...
Beyond the Borders of Partition
This week on the Cultural Frontline, guided by some of the Indian subcontinent’s finest contemporary artists we explore Partition, not as a historical event, but as an open wound. Award winning authors, Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie and Indian writer Urvashi Butalia, both from families of Partition refugees, discuss how the legacy of independence continues to shape the cultural identity of both of their homelands. Exploring the fallout of Partition across the generations, Indian...