Tobi’s Arts Performed Podcast
Ep 5 Art and Communication: Tommy Poppers

Ep 5 Art and Communication: Tommy Poppers

November 13, 2017

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 5

Intro:

Hello listeners. I am your host Tobi and welcome to the 5th episode. I spoke to Tommy Poppers, a writer, musician, sometime drag artist and LGBT campaigner & his interview will be spilt into three parts, this being the first.

Our interview commenced with his love of the Gothic literature of the fin de siècle. We quickly moved on to art as a form of communication & his own writing and performances inspired by his recovery from abusive relationships, assault & trauma. Art is evident as a form of catharsis for Tommy & we discussed art as catharsis generally. We move onto art & it’s conflict with power & then onto Graham Harman’s metaphysical theory of Object Orientated Ontology.

Outro:

Thanks again to Tommy Poppers. As I’ve said before he is one of the many creative people I met in the Margate Arts Club in Kent. In the next episode Tommy moves on to speak further about art and it’s relation to power with a brief reference to Michel Foucault. He talks about the book he wrote while in Bangkok that was subsequently banned within the political conflict against the Thailand government which can now be accessed for free on his website. He also speaks about his forthcoming projects and much, much more. See you next time.

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Ep 4 Maria Gabriela Llansol Changed My Life

Ep 4 Maria Gabriela Llansol Changed My Life

November 13, 2017

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 4:

Intro

Hello listeners. I am your host Tobi & welcome to the forth episode of the Student Expert Podcast. I went to a screening of 3 LGBT films at the Margate Arts Club. The films were the art film busy by Tomas Jefanovas, an artist and graphic designer who I’ll be interviewing in the future. Just May Does Geri featuring Pete May, a drag artist who has a passion for Geri Hallowell & whose also agreed to be my podcast. The third film is Lucy: My Transgendered Life. I hope to be interviewing Lucy & the film makers at some point in the future, however the film is very popular, so there’s not much chance in the near future of engaging with them. Hopefully in the future I will interview them. At the screening I engaged in conversation with Bernardo who at the time was writing notes in a small book in between films. He introduced himself in his native Portuguese as a student of the body & an expert of dancing & writing. The interesting thing is how he got to this stage. So please enjoy

Outro

It was Bernardo’s introduction as a writer that inspired me to ask him for an interview. His retelling of the effect that Maria Gabriella Llansol’s writing on him intrigued me & I loved his response to Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author. Whatever the truth of the relationship between the author and their readers, it’s clear Bernardo believes that Llansol has a direct relationship with her readers & had a profound effect on him.

At the screening I also meet sailor drag artist, writer, musician, LGBT campaigner & comparative literature expert, Tommy Poppers. In his episodes starting on the 15th of October, he speaks about the Gothic writing of the fin de siècle, engages with politics, international attitudes to gender & the creative artistry of the LGBT communities. Art is a form of communication for Tommy so please listen out for him.

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It just remains for me to say thank you to Bernardo & you the listeners & I’ll see you next time

Ep 3 Survival of a Homeless Artist

Ep 3 Survival of a Homeless Artist

November 13, 2017

Episode 3. The interviewee for this episode is homeless artist called James Sneddon whose field of study is art and expertise is survival. I had bumped into James and chatted with him about his art, where I decided to buy a print of his. The content of the recording was quite unexpected. James spoke about his passion for art coming from his childhood but it quickly became apparent that his art was not only his safe haven but also his means of survival. His main source of income is the odd jobs and his painting. Due to the distressing and unhelpful process of making a claim this is his only means of survival.

He talks candidly about his alcoholism, being made homeless twice and his time in prison.

The blog Painted by a Pisshead accompanies this podcast and is related to my other blog I'm Homeless not a Drug Dealer

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Ep 2 Directing and Performing

Ep 2 Directing and Performing

November 13, 2017

Episode 2.
This episode follows on from the first as that recording was interrupted by the rehearsal of the rehearsal of the Canterbury Shakespeare Festival production of Othello. At the time the actors were chanting the lord’s prayer which inspired me to ask their director for an interview.
Tom Houlton agreed to the interview and went on to speak about his beginning’s as a young actor and then his new found passion as a director at Kent University. He spoke of being inspired by Thomas Ostermeier and Mike Alfreds with the later having particular influence with his philosophy on the importance of the actor. Tom believes that each actor must bring his own character to the performance and employees different techniques to make each performance a performance in its own right.
I really enjoyed this interview, because other than being an audience member of a few theatre performances I had no previous knowledge of acting or directing. It gave me a chance to explore something that would not normally be a point of interest for me.
I hope it does for you too.
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Ep 1 Depth Psychology and the Saturnine Circle

Ep 1 Depth Psychology and the Saturnine Circle

November 13, 2017

Episode 1. In this first episode Barney shares his expertise of, depth psychology, mysticism, cosmology, culture and mental health. In particular we discussed the connection between the science of psychology and spirituality, although he uses the idea of the mystical experience instead of spirituality.

Other topics that were covered were the idea of the non-dual experience in religious and spiritual matters which is particularly pertinent in today’s consumerist society with the individual being persuaded to go it alone.

About half way through the recording there was a perfect interruption from a performance group rehearsing for this year’s Canterbury Shakespeare Festival.

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