What are you looking at? is Contemporary Art Tasmania's podcast - now in its fifth season! 


What are you looking at? aims to expand on CAT's programs, and each episode is produced around a theme, using interviews, field recordings, vox pops and sound to create a narrative-driven listening experience. 


What are you looking at? is produced by Pip Stafford and Lisa Campbell Smith.


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Episode 3: Out to Sea

In the process of developing her Shotgun 7 exhibition, Increase Productivity, Grace Herbert, had a few adventures. Fortunately we interviewed her along the way and got all the goss on Georgian millionaires, moving trees and art works lost at sea.

This episode was produced and edited by Pip Stafford, hosted by Lisa Campbell Smith. Audio mix by Brendan Walls.

Special thanks to Grace Herbert, Linda Dement and Shotgun Co-ordinator, Kylie Johnson.

To find out more about Contemporary Art Tasmania's Shotgun program, head to the microsite: www.shotgunonline.net

Shotgun 7 was a partnership between Contemporary Art Tasmania, Detached Cultural Organisation and Mona.




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Lisa Campbell-Smith talks to Ruth Langford about the legacy of her childhood and how that has lead to her work as Creative Director of Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival and Creative Producer of walantanalinany palingina. 






Episode 1: The Signal and the Noise

In our first episode for Season 5, celebrated Australian artist Louisa Bufardeci tells us about her background as an artist and how her 2012 LED installation Ethnicities to Nations came to be. Bufardeci discusses how the role of data and coding systems have informed her practice. The artwork Ethnicities to Nations is part of the group exhibition, Unspoken Rule which presents work by Australian and International artists Archie Barry, Liam James, Annika Koops, Roee Rosen and Artur Zmijiewski. Curated by Stevie S. Han, the exhibition re-examines the shifting sense of political and cultural agency that characterised identity politics in the 1990s, and which is finding new urgency with artists working today. Unspoken Rule is showing at Contemporary Art Tasmania until 24 February 2019.

Soundtrack by Brendan Walls.






Episode 4: Stories from the Inside - Brigita Ozolins

Our final episode for 2018 is also the second episode of our "Stories from the Inside" sub-series. Our original cal-out for this series was intended to be a snappy single episode of stories from arts workers and artists about their work and careers. Instead we received some personal, thoughtful interviews that deserved their own episodes. In this episode we hear from artist and lecturer Brigita Ozolins and in 2019 we look forward to bringing you further stories from the inside.

Episode mixdown by Brendan Walls and soundtrack by Josh Santospirito.




Episode 3: Stories from the Inside - Fiona Hamilton

This episode is the first of our sub-series "Stories from the Inside" - an intimate look at the lives and concerns of artists and arts workers. When we went looking for stories, we were expecting easy soundbites that could be turned into one snappy episode, but what we got instead were personal, interesting interviews that deserved their own space. In this episode we speak with Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, activist and agitator, Fiona Hamilton.
Episode mix by Brendan Walls and soundtrack by Josh Santospirito.




Episode 2: Beyond the Field

Beyond the Field (still) presented the work of seventeen artists across two venues – Moonah Arts Centre and Contemporary Art Tasmania. Curated by Anne Mestitz, the intention was to explore the work of contemporary artists whose practices sit in a similar genre to the 1968, NGV exhibition, The Field. Exploring the variety of experiences that artists draw from, Beyond the Field (Still) asks: what informs the work; what drives the artist; and what sensations do they seek to impart?

In this episode we speak with Beyond the Field (still) curator Anne Mestitz, artists Ron Robertson-Swann and Michael Graeve, and National Gallery of Victoria curator, Beckett Rozenthals.

Additional sound for this episode was provided by Michael Graeve and the episode was mixed by Brendan Walls.




Episode 1: The Big Witch


This June James Newitt's exhibition Delay will open at Contemporary Art Tasmania for Dark Mofo 2018. Delay, a complex installation, will revolve around a film titled I Go Further Under, which is in part inspired by the true story of Jane Cooper. In 1971, at 17 years of age Jane Cooper arrived in Hobart from Melbourne and asked local fishermen to take her to a remote island off the southern coast of Tasmanian where she intended to live in total solitude. The Big Witch explores the underlying narrative of truth and fiction through the lens of Jane Cooper's story and the making of I Go Further Under.

In this episode we talk to I Go Further Under actor Emily Milledge and De Witt 7001 documentary maker, Ella Kennedy. You'll also hear snippets of Jane Cooper from De Witt 7001, archival audio, and sound by Brendan Walls.






Season 3 was written and hosted by Theia Connell and produced by Pip Stafford.


Episode 4: Unpaid Labour



In Episode 4 of Season 3 we talk to Penelope Benton and Brianna Munting of NAVA, Channon Goodwin of Bus Projects and All Conference and Grace Herbert of Visual Bulk, Constance ARI and Hobiennale about labour and volunteerism in the arts. We ask the questions about why artists and arts workers work for free, when is it okay to work for free and what happens when arts organisations begin to pay artists and workers for their time.



Episode 3: Art & Writing, Writing & Art

In this episode we talk to artists who use text as part of their practice: Jude Abell, Justy Phillips, Sarah Jones and Tricky Walsh about art and writing. We ask them simple questions in an attempt to understand the juncture of art and writing, and art as writing: Are reviews an essential part of being a professional artist? Does writing work to open up or narrow down an art practice? How is text presented as visual art, or what is important as framing text as art?



Episode 2: The Big Three





Antipodean artists traditionally head to the large, blockbuster art exhibitions in Europe, to experience the zeitgeist of contemporary art, at least once in a lifetime. In 2017 "the Big Three" - Documenta, Skulptur Projekte Münster, and the Venice Biennale - are in rare alignment and it seems many Tasmanian artists are taking the opportunity to check them out all at once. Our lucky host, Theia Connell happened to be on residency in Athens as Documenta 14 opened.


Episode 1: Accident & Process




What are you looking at? host, Theia Connell, talks to Accident & Process artist Derek Kreckler, and curator, Hannah Matthews, about the key ideas behind this major exhibition.

A PICA touring exhibition, Accident & Process is a survey exhibition bringing together, for the first time, five decades of the artist’s oeuvre. It encompasses photography, video, installation and performance documentation that dates from the 1970s to the present day. Kreckler is a leading Australian artist known for his experimental conceptual and post-minimalist practice.



Season 2 was written and hosted by Theia Connell and produced by Pip Stafford.

Episode 3: Artist to Artist



Artist to Artist was a suite of four solo exhibitions curated by four artist’s presented in ‘rapid fire’ succession across four consecutive Fridays at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2016.

Project curator Kylie Johnson brought together four artist/curator teams: Paul Zika and Jacob Leary, Peter Waller and Micheala Gleave, Amanda Davies and Pat Brassington, Megan Walch and Justene Williams.

In this episode we interview three of the project artists, Peter Waller, Megan Walch and Paul Zika, and project curator, Kylie Johnson about the aims and outcomes of the project.

Angus Ashton and Kylie Johnson also produced video interviews with the artist curator pairs, to sit alongside each exhibition, and we have released these with this episode.



Episode 2: Big, Bright and Shiny



Art works made for festivals have to be pretty attention-grabbing to rise above the general clamour of sound, food, booze and big audiences. Does this mean that these art works have to be big, bright, loud and spectacular or is there room for quieter, more contemplative work at these events? We speak to Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael, artist Michaela Gleave, and artist, producer and SITUATE provocateur Paul Gazzola. 
 In this episode you will hear sound from A Galaxy of Suns by Michaela Gleave, produced for Dark Mofo 2016 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Evil by Andrew Harper, produced for BRAINSTORM at the Tasmanian College of the Arts for Dark Mofo 2016. 
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Episode 1: Professional Development

Sustaining an art career can be a minefield of administration and opportunities. How do you know what to do? What does professional development mean? Where do you do it? What Are You Looking At host Theia Connell talks to Wendy Morrow, Kylie Johnson, Liam James and Nadege Philippe-Janon to get some answers to these questions.


Season 1 was written and hosted by Briony Kidd and produced by Pip Stafford

Episode 3: Collection (Pilot season final)


We all know that art gets bought and sold. And we know that some artists make art that is not so easily bought and sold. So who are the artists, gallerists and collectors in the mix and what do they have to say about the industry that they exist in? Download or stream our most recent episode to find out more.

Episode 3: Collection features Emma Bett, Lucy Bleach, Peter Fay, Tom O'Hern and Tricky Walsh.

Episode 2: Sound Art?                        

Episode 2 of What are you looking at? uses Contemporary Art Tasmania's Envelop(e) exhibition to explore the medium of sound. Host, Briony Kidd, asks "what is sound art?" and "how is it different from music?"
This episode features interviews with envelop(e) curator, Dr Matt Warren, envelop(e) artist Julian Day and Hobart-based artist Mish Meijers, and sounds from envelop(e) artists Jason James, Christina Kubisch and Elizabeth Veldon.


Episode 1: The Gap

The first episode of What are you looking at?, The Gap, follows on from our successful TAKE 2: Conversations on Art and Feminism symposium and specifically focuses on the pathways for women artists through the art institution. 

What are you looking at? Episode 1 features words from Take 2: Conversations on Art and Feminism speakers, Jackie Dunn and Elvis Richardson, co-convenor Mary Scott and interviews with artists Pat Brassington, Rachel Kendrigan, Selena De Carvalho, James Newitt and Rosemary O'Rourke.