New podcast – Matt Kalasky on science fiction movies, absurdity and starting an online arts magazine

Matt Kalasky, speaking with us Oct. 17, 2012

Matt Kalasky spoke with us Oct 17 about his role as one of the founding editors of the new online arts journal, the The Nicola Midnight St. Claire (now temporarily called “The New, New Masses” – you can hear about that on their website). We also wanted to hear about his art, which takes the form of performance and video, often involving a large dose of science fiction or fantasy.  Matt graduated from Tyler with an MFA in sculpture in 2011 and even while a student he was in group exhibits in many venues in Philadelphia including Vox VI, the Bambi Biennial, and one of Rebekah Templeton’s MFA round-ups.  His art is influenced by science fiction and fantasy movies. His final project in grad school was a multi-media performance called The Last Symposium, in which the subject was the end of the world–we hear about that in this podcast as well.

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