Podcast #14 – Jonathan Silverman on art (and much more!)

Jonathan and I met in his art studio and spoke about a lot! Electric peanuts, India, Temples, Shifting focus from bodies to nature, What is art?, The making of art and the appreciation of art, Psychedelic aesthetic as induced by non-psychedelic experience,  The places Jonathan lived and worked, Art and the blurry distinction between individual and social endeavours, Identity, Performance art, Art as a career, And that’s where I’ll stop!

Check out Jonathan’s work at www.jonathansilverman.info. His art needs to be seen in real-space-and-time too though, so contact him through his site to arrange a visit to his studio.

An exhibition show-casing Jonathan’s work, opening in Cape Town in January 2020: www.99loop.co.za/events/jonathan-silverman 

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Podcast 007: Andrea Hurst and Belinda du Plooy on The Water Pilgrimage, a University Engagement Event

“It was very important to just create a space where you have a sense of what it is that you want to do, but you have to let every single participant configure that space in the way that they see it, and then contribute what they contribute. And in that way if you don’t manipulate and control and try to offer people a narrative of this thing, you end up with such a rich diversity of responses.”

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About this episode:

My friends and colleagues, Prof. Andrea Hurst and Dr. Belinda du Plooy, sat down with me to discuss the unique and ground-breaking university engagement event that we call a water pilgrimage. An eye-opening discussion in that it shows how dynamic things can be in the university context – we end up referring to the ‘the Sacred’, and contextualise it a manner that might seem unusual but also appropriate considering the need across contexts to re-connect with each other and our environment.

There will be an exhibition at the Nelson Mandela University’s Bird Street Campus in Port Elizabeth, from 18 – 22 November, where contributions from the 33 pilgrims will be displayed. Performances and presentations will occur on the opening evening.

Andrea is the South African Research Chair for Identities and Social Cohesion in Africa, hosted at Nelson Mandela University – see here.

Belinda manages the Engagement Office at Neslon Mandela University – see here.

At the time of posting this podcast, I am a Post-doctoral researcher working with the Chair – see here.

Podcast: Mike Raimondo from Green Renaissance (Amazing Short Inspirational Films)

Thanks to Mike for a great conversation about the passion project that is Green Renaissance.

“We are a passionate collective of four creatives, on a journey to share positive stories. We make films that excite us – we call these our passion projects. Everywhere we look, we see a world filled with inspiration. Sometimes it’s capturing a conversation with someone who appreciates the true beauty in the world. Other times it’s meeting interesting people who are inspired by nature. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. With your help, we will be sharing at least one new film each week”.

Check out the amazing short films at greenrenaissance.co.za

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Podcast length: 1 hr 20 minutes

Podcast size: 39 mb

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Podcast 009: Dan Cornick on The Amatola Hike, Away With The Fairies (famous Hogsback backpackers), an encounter with a fairy, and more

“A lot of the hikers I deal with have done pretty much all of the hikes in the country. I don’t think I have ever heard anybody say there is a more tough one. It is the toughest. But everybody who does it says it’s the best one they’ve ever done too.”

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Dan Cornick and I met up in Hogsback and had a conversation about the astoundingly beautiful (but tough) Amatola Hiking Trail, his backpackers (aptly named Away With The Fairies), his Amatola Trails business (which services the hike), the beauty of the mountains, an interesting fairy experience he had at the backpackers, and meditation and mindfulness.

Visit the backpackers site at Away With The Fairies

Visit the Amatola Trails site at Amatola Trails

Podcast: Angie and Rod on Learning Clan, an off-grid, co-created talent exchange community village in the forest

“I don’t even like to use the word ‘festival’. Because what we’re really trying to do is re-create a village and remember how to trade with each other without money, how to get and live off-grid, how to commune…”

Angie Curtis and Rod Tritton are the brains behind the Learning Clan event. They kindly agreed to have a short conversation with me at the 2018 gathering.

Learn more about Learning Clan here: Learning Clan

The Nelson Mandela University, Bird Street Campus exhibition I mentioned in the introduction, will begin on Monday 18 November 2019. More comprehensive details will be posted here when they become available. 

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Podcast: Bert Olivier on all things Philosophy

NOTE: This episode has been re-uploaded after it was down for a while for ‘technical’ reasons. The technicalities have now been addressed!  

Bert kindly agreed to have another recorded conversation with me in order to elaborate on several topics that arose in our first podcast, which was a flop audio-quality wise (my bad, sorry Bert!).  We also explored a variety of new topics not covered at all in the first discussion. The quality of the first recording is terrible, so I am relieved for the chance to have another go at recording Bert – the quality of this recording is incomparably better than in the first attempt.

Bert’s Thoughtleader page: Bert at Thoughtleader

Bert’s articles at Researchgate: Bert at ResearchGate

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Podcast: Sean Martin on Blockchain, disintermediation, trust, adding value, business, provenance, and more

Sean kindly shared his extensive knowledge of blockchain with me. Very informative for newbies to the topic of blockchain (like me), as well as to blockchain and technology enthusiasts, and business-minded people in general. Considering the inevitability that blockchain will eventually be integrated into so many aspects of our technologically-mediated lives, this episode is a ‘must-listen’.

“If we lived in a world where blockchain was around much earlier, we would live in a world where banks are very differently modeled. I think that banks still have a future. I think that financial institutions add value in many areas. But the very area where they are utilized the most is where they are least valuable. They should be adding value in ways that improve our wealth position, and that is certainly an area in which they can continue to play. But needing them for the conventional wallet-transfer-balance scenario is less important.”

“It is important to distinguish between intermediaries that add value and those that are there for the purposes of trust. If they are only there for purposes of trust, they are at risk of disintermediation. If they are an intermediary that is in some form a processor, someone that adds value to the process through the supply chain, that’s not a disintermediation scenario. … It does keep the actors in the supply chain more more honest due to the transparency that comes along with [blockchain technology].”

Visit Sean’s business website at www.arktree.io

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Book mentioned in the podcast:

Podcast #12 Riley Thompson on Gender Transition, Bipolar, Art, Creativity, and more

Riley kindly agreed to have a recorded conversation with me about her gender transition. We cover quite a bit of thematic territory during the conversation, so it is not exclusively about gender transition, but gender transition is the nexus of the discussion. Sub-topics are the condition known as bipolar, as well as art and creativity. 

Links to pages offering glimpses of some of Riley’s work:

Riley makes stuff and things

Riley on Facebook

Mentioned in the intro – The National Philosophical Counseling/Consulting Association (NPCA). 

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Podcast: Rudi Engelbrecht on Vipassana meditation and walking 4500 kms around South Africa

Rudi, me, and co

In this episode (originally recorded in January 2018 and re-released mid October 2019), Rudi Engelbrecht and I have a conversation about his well-established meditation practice (Vipassana style), as well as his 4500+ km walk around South Africa that ended when he and his walking friends handed a signed South African flag to Nelson Mandela. We also touch upon several different themes and topics during the conversation.  

Check out the walking journey that Rudi was a part of: Feet4Feat

Contact Rudi via email: [email protected]

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