Rob Fraser

My work has necessarily and naturally evolved through a variety of fields, but the fundamentals have remained the same: press a shutter button, the reflected light from an object passes through a light-tight box and records on light-sensitive material. A fleeting moment frozen in time. In late 1990 I left the Royal Air Force (where …

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Harriet Fraser

This is the first poem I wrote, connected with the Sense of Here project. It is composed from notes made on the day that Rob and I walked in a wide circuit around the central point of the whole project: a sycamore tree. The walk, which we did on December 9, 2018, took us around …

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Harriet Fraser

Joint Interview with Harriet and Rob Fraser Through their poetry and photography Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser explore individual and collective feelings about place. Their collaborative practice, called somewhere-nowhere, is based in Cumbria and focuses on their local landscape. Its guiding principles include journeying, reflecting, and responding, with an emphasis on connection. Many of their …

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Rob Fraser

Rob Fraser

Joint Interview with Harriet and Rob Fraser Through their poetry and photography Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser explore individual and collective feelings about place. Their collaborative practice, called somewhere-nowhere, is based in Cumbria and focuses on their local landscape. Its guiding principles include journeying, reflecting, and responding, with an emphasis on connection. Many of their …

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Rob Fraser

Rob Fraser is a photographer who now lives in Cumbria, UK. Proudly Scottish born, he spent his early years in South West England, where he grew up with the plains and wetlands of the Somerset Levels as his backyard/playground. His young adult years were then spent in Pembrokeshire where he began his work as a …

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Harriet Fraser

Harriet Fraser is a writer of poetry and prose from Kendal, UK. She received a degree in Comparative Religion from Manchester University, focusing on Indian Society, Religions, and Languages, and Buddhist philosophy. In 2017, she received an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Harriet began her career in 1992 as a writer …

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Harriet Fraser

I can think of three distinct situations relevant to my practice. First, when I am simply overcome by the need to write, I will do that wherever I am, usually by typing notes into my smartphone. I then email these to myself, and they form the basis of future poems or essays. Sometimes it feels …

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Stephen Vitiello

1. World Trade Center Recordings, 1999 Visual: Audio: 2. Yanomami Recordings, 2003 Visual: Audio: 3. Winds of Peters Mountain, 2018 4. Bell of Hope, A Bell for Every Minute, 2010 Visual: Audio: 5. Something Like Firework, Davis Museum, photos by Richard Howard, 2010 Visual: Audio: 6. Fear of High Places, Sculpture Center, NY, 2004 Visual: …

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Sylva Fischerová

Let me begin with a quote by Stephen Spender, the American poet, which I found while writing an essay about inspiration in modern poetry (the essay is entitled “Raven in the Lead Mines of the World”; this statement is based heavily upon material I collected when writing the essay):     “My own experience of inspiration is certainly that …

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Sylva Fischerová

MISTAKE HOUSE: Although home, like our art forms, can be something we care for deeply and invest in, it can also be a location for pain and conflict, as you have witnessed and as you have examined in your poetry. In a 2010 interview with Czech Radio, you revealed you weren’t attempting to escape the questions, …

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Sylva Fischerová

 FAMILY HISTORIES ARE FULL OF HOLES   Father is on the Gestapo list, they’re going to look for him in Řečkovice, Viola will be plagued with dreams about this for years to come. He leaves the country then and ends up in Holland, first with Bolenka, the wife of a sea captain, later with a rich …

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Sylva Fischerová

Sylva Fischerová is a Prague-based Czech poet. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1963 during the Communist regime, Fischerová spent her childhood in the Moravian town of Olomouc. As a writer and scholar, she possesses a valuable ethical lens. She lived through historical periods in which literature (including the work of her father, philosopher Josef Ludvík Fischer) …

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Stephen Vitiello

Sound artist and electronic musician Stephen Vitiello creates both an aural and a visual experience for viewers/listenters. Vitiello creates sound with analog and digital electronics, traditional and homemade instruments, and incorporates a variety of sounds from field recordings from urban and rural environments. As an installation artist and composer—as well as a prolific collaborator—his works …

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Stephen Vitiello

MISTAKE HOUSE: Many people remain oblivious to the seemingly insignificant vibrations around them, yet you’ve developed a creative practice from these daily sounds. When did you first realize that the act of intentionally perceiving and interacting with vibrations was conducive to the act of creating?   STEPHEN VITIELLO: I wish I could point to some childhood memory and there probably is one buried, …

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Stephen Vitiello

As an artist whose primary focus is listening, field recording has been a central part of my own practice since the late 1990s. As a sound artist, I am interested in what is and what is not heard. This can include making sounds audible that we would never hear without specialized technologies. These are sounds that vibrate at frequencies …

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Rudy Shepherd

Rudy Shepherd is a New York City-based artist who was represented by Mixed Greens Gallery for fourteen years until their closure in 2016. In addition to an upcoming solo exhibition at Goodyear Gallery (Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA), his work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery, Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, …

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Rajiv Mohabir

These days poems come to me through image first. I notice small things: on the road a flattened bird flaps its wings as a car drives by, on the lake two herons trumpet and tangle their necks, a dog coughs up worms. For me this has been the hardest part, I mean the hardest part, …

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Rajiv Mohabir

Forced Conversion   beti linepath school jaye, kheti kaun kari beta christianwa bhaye, pani kaun charai   Not by the sword’s nose, but with books and cash, to make an army in the colony with one aim,   the English decreed: “Those wanting to letter their tongues must fetter their hearts by drinking blood and …

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Rajiv Mohabir

Mistake House: Much of your writing is imbued with images of migration—images of displacement and replacement, origin and refuge. What is home to you?   Rajiv Mohabir: I think home is a series of dislocations—I’ve learned that to claim a physical place in the United States or the Western Hemisphere as home is to participate …

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Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of The Cowherd’s Son (Tupelo Press 2017, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize) and The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books 2016, winner of the Four Way Books Intro to Poetry Prize, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry in 2017). In 2015 he was a winner of the …

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Rudy Shepherd

Over the past 10 years I have been making work that explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. I am exploring the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series …

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Rudy Shepherd

Mistake House: You titled your recent exhibition at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn Everything in the Universe is my Brother after the title of a poem by Sun Ra, an American writer and jazz musician who embodied the Afrofuturist movement in his work. You also captured his likeness in your series, The Healers. How does Sun Ra’s “otherworldliness” inspire your work and how do you engage with the movement of Afrofuturism in your practice?   Rudy Shepherd: …

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Rudy Shepherd

In the Summer 2017 issue of Art Papers Magazine, painter and critic Paul Ryan wrote: Recent tragic events and individuals on both sides concerning racial profiling and police brutality—such as Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson riot, Eric Garner—are common subjects for Shepherd…[He] works from a conscious position of neutrality and places his …

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Aurora Robson

On Aurora’s website, her bio explains her work as “the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. In addition she has been working on the development of a college course called “Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream” designed to foster creative stewardship at …

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Aurora Robson

Reviewing Aurora Robson’s work in the May 2015 issue of Sculpture Magazine, critic Barbara Schreiber writes, “[Robson] works with a global nightmare of a material—plastic. Robson was first motivated to work with salvaged material after learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She has an oddly personal attachment to her plastic flotsam, anthropomorphizing it in …

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Kristiana Kahakauwila

Mistake House: You explain in a Writer’s Digest interview with Chuck Sambuchino that you found your voice and your vision when you were finally “fearless in [your] writing.” In your own words: “I let my stories access all my anger, my sadness, my confusion, my hopefulness. My characters, if they are raw, are so because …

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Kristiana Kahakauwila

For me, the creative process—the act of writing—begins before I’m ever in front of a computer screen. I was on Big Island once, up in paniolo country, and I noticed how the grass, windswept, grew in arches. I knew as soon as I saw that grass that I was going to have to write it …

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Kristiana Kahakauwila

Writer Kristiana Kahakauwila is of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), German and Norwegian descent. She earned her BA in comparative literature from Princeton University and her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. In 2015-16 she was the Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Currently an Associate Professor …

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Kristiana Kahakauwila

On the slopes of Haleakala, high above the health food store in Pā`ia and just below the paniolo town of Makawao, once stood the Wai`olu Girls Seminary, named for the stream than ran beneath the girls’ dormer windows, the water so cold they could keep a jar of milk beneath its surface for three days …

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Aurora Robson

  Aurora Robson is an artist-activist working in wide-ranging media, though she is best known for her work intercepting the waste steam. Robson demonstrates the power of transformation in her work, repurposing plastic debris to create aesthetically powerful sculptures that draw attention to the issue of plastic pollution. Born in Toronto, Robson moved to Maui, …

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Aurora Robson

Mistake House: In your 2013 TedxPeachtree talk, Trash + Love, you explore the idea that every aspect of experience is worthy of appreciation, despite any perceived lack of value.  First, will you speak broadly about this concept of “attentive appreciation”? What is required, for example, to appreciate what seems valueless? What do you see as the …

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Amy Pleasant

Photo by Jason Wallis Photography Amy Pleasant earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art. She currently works from Birmingham, Alabama. Pleasant’s work has been widely exhibited and reviewed, including solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in NY, whitespace gallery in Atlanta, …

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A.D. Carson

A.D. Carson earned his BA in Education and Creative Writing at Millikin University and his MA in English from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He went on to work as a high school teacher while serving as the Writer-In-Residence for Benedictine University. Currently, he is completing his PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from …

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Amy Pleasant

Mistake House: Your work incorporates many media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and cutouts. How does the variation in media correlate to your creative vision? Amy Pleasant: Exploring the work through different materials helps me to understand the work in a more expansive way. I recently started working with clay. I like giving myself a new …

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A.D. Carson

Mistake House: You’re equally involved in music/performance and writing. What would you say are some of the biggest differences between writing for the page and writing music? In what ways are these artistic processes similar? Do you utilize each medium toward a different goal? What informs your choice? A.D. Carson: Each piece dictates its own …

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A.D. Carson

Familiar Producer: Preme Additional vocals: N/A BPM: 60 [1] This one for the niggas, the ones that was called that descriptor when they was delivered out there in Virginia, the ones ever since who have taken the care to defend the people surrendered from coast to the coast to the cold and the whip of …

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Amy Pleasant

 

Justin Quinn

MH: Let’s begin with a question you sometimes seem to balk at by suggesting that your path has evolved by chance and that at times you simply engage with what is at hand. Granted that chance operations—including certain aspects of our lives—become the basis of discovery and choice, nevertheless, will you tell us what sparked …

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Buzz Spector

1. By way of introduction I offer as my own an explanation of my artistic methods provided by a student attending a lecture I’d just given about my work. “So,” he paused before asking his question, “your art is tearing stuff up or stacking things?” I paused myself before replying, “well . . . basically …

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Buzz Spector

Buzz Spector

MH: You work through multiple media–drawing, painting, the sculptural construction of books and pages, collage, and sometimes end your process with photography. For example, your piece My Fiction begins with a sculptural process and ends in a photographic one. How does the procession of media filter the ideas you wish to convey? Does this metamorphosis …

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Justin Quinn

WOOD SONG I remember the world in spring — those few weeks when the blooming trees let go their pollen for the breeze with unexpected force to swing sky-high, multitudes milling round at different speeds of draught and drift so many metres from the ground — a festival, a stunning airlift. Maple, walnut, beech, alder, …

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Buzz Spector

Buzz Spector was born in Chicago and was educated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and then the University of Chicago, where he received the master of fine arts from the Committee of Art and Design. Internationally recognized as an artist and critic, his work has been exhibited in museums throughout the United States and …

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Justin Quinn

Justin Quinn was born in Dublin in 1968 and received a BA and PhD at Trinity College Dublin. He co-founded the Irish poetry magazine Metre, which ran for seventeen issues from 1995 until 2005. Quinn currently resides in a Soviet-era housing project on the outskirts of Prague in the Czech Republic. He lectures at Charles …

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