Roslyn Helper – (Episode 197)

“art is an act of empathy” Roslyn Helper
“art generally is for everyone but not all art is for all people” – Roslyn Helper
“my thoughts are trying to explain something that I felt” – Roslyn Helper

[my aim is] “creating spaces in art to make those feelings and thoughts and experiences valid and hope that other people will empathise or understand.. and enter into that world to make it even more real” – Roslyn Helper

Roslyn Helper curates and makes art and performs art and makes music in bands and plays soccer and thinks deeply and speaks insightfully.

I thoroughly enjoyed thinking out loud with her about:

  • risk vs reward in artistic practice
  • trying to hack the human time scale and wondering what it would be like to make art as a 200-year-old
  • simultaneous time – (dance is one way to hack into non-linear time)
  • embodied reality
  • sharing time and space
  • the physiological reward of a having good conversation
  • speaking at the digital writers festival
  • AI art making
  • the politics of humans vs AI making art
  • navigating the embedded dominant paradigm of capitalism
  • assistive technology as a radicalising force
  • algorithmic bias
  • the politics of curating and hospitality
  • constant deferral of pleasure as a capitalist endeavour
  • abstraction of value
  • overcoming deferral
  • empathy as another way of thinking
  • empathy being scrutinised via privilege politics
  • programming club artists into art institution spaces
  • how to provide rigorous support to artists moving between cultural spaces
  • writing music
  • writing scripts for performance
  • keeping a written diary
  • using essays as a form to examine dubious hypotheses and centering emotional writing
  • wanting to be really really good at executing conceptual frameworks through creative expression
  • the unnecessary task of putting pressure on ourselves to speak to people who don’t want to listen
  • the importance of making art for your friends
All music in this podcast is composed and performed by Roslyn Helper
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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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