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Horrible sound design

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Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.

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Horrible sound design

By Ibetnoonechosethisname - Aug 04 2017
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Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.
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Latest release on Nov 25, 2019

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Subscribe for art and ideas. We host conversations with artists, architects and other leading creatives – and we've just posted podcasts from recent Festival of Ideas. Enjoy.

Rank #1: Dementia and the power of art

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Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks about how everyday creativity can keep a person connected to the world around them. In conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig, Gerrard discusses how the arts can keep people well, aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived.

Come to the next Festival of Ideas live in the RA's Benjamin West Lecture Theatre – line-up coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

41mins

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Rank #2: Painters Brice Marden and Gary Hume in conversation

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The two major artists discuss their approach to painting, their inspiration and the continuing evolution of their work, in a conversation chaired by our Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.

Oct 26 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #3: From Beyoncé to the Barbican: Es Devlin on designing kinetic sets

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Experimental artist and designer Es Devlin provides an insight into her process for creating unique kinetic sculptures for theatre, opera and pop concerts, museums and galleries at the Festival of Ideas. With clients ranging from Beyoncé and Kanye West to the Barbican, Devlin is an expert at creating a stage to enhance any performance.

Look out for details of the next Festival of Ideas line-up, coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

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Rank #4: Architecture and freedom: Reinier De Graaf

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In this podcast, Reiner de Graaf reflects on architecture’s different roles in today’s globalised world. An architect, academic and writer, de Graaf is a partner of OMA and director of AMO, the practice’s think tank and research studio based in Rotterdam. AMO’s work extends beyond architecture to encompass media, politics, sociology, renewable energy, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design.

In addition to his work for AMO, De Graaf is responsible for a number of the OMA’s building and master-planning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. In this lecture, de Graaf considers architecture’s social, economic and political role in today’s globalised world.

Image caption: Reinier de Graaf © Ekaterina Izmestieva/ Strelka Institute

Mar 22 2016

53mins

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Rank #5: Thomas Heatherwick on problem-solving with architecture

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Designer Thomas Heatherwick speaks to the RA’s Head of Architecture Kate Goodwin at the RA Festival of Ideas, about some of his most celebrated architectural projects, including the Rolling Bridge in London, the 2012 Olympic Cauldron and the newly opened Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross.

Look out for details of the next Festival of Ideas line-up, coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

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Rank #6: Ken Loach: “If you don’t draw blood then they won’t care about you”

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Award-winning director Ken Loach discusses the politics and processes behind his films, as well as the effects of Brexit on the british film industry with writer and critic, Francine Stock.

Jun 17 2019

41mins

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Rank #7: Women of Abstract Expressionism

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Artists Vanessa Jackson RA and Clare Price, along with curator Gwen Chanzit from the Denver Art Museum, discuss the important female figures of Abstract Expressionism, and explore the relationship between artists and the gendered practice of abstract painting.

Although their work has often been overlooked in favour of their male contemporaries, artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler were major players in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Gallerists Peggy Guggenheim and Betty Parsons also played an instrumental role in promoting Abstract Expressionism and establishing its position in the international art market.

Dec 12 2016

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Rank #8: Feminist futures: automated environments and women's work

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Catch up with this panel discussion exploring how architecture can help to create inclusive, liveable, and socially aware cities that embrace the full gender spectrum in an age of robotisation.

Apr 03 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #9: Phyllida Barlow in conversation with art critic Gilda Williams

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Catch up on this event with renowned artist Phyllida Barlow CBE RA discussing her practice, career and current exhibition at the RA with contemporary art critic, Gilda Williams.

For more than 50 years, Phyllida Barlow has taken inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations. She creates anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim and cement. The seams of their construction are left at times visible, revealing the means of their making. The audience is challenged into a new relationship with the sculptural object, the gallery environment and the world beyond.

Apr 24 2019

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Rank #10: An introduction to James Ensor

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Senior Curator Adrian Locke introduces the RA's exhibition ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’ and examines the life and work of this truly original artist.

Though largely unknown in the UK, James Ensor is celebrated as one of Belgium’s most innovative artists, an enigmatic figure who rejected the academic training of his youth to cultivate his own individual style in the face of considerable opposition and hostile criticism.

Nov 29 2016

53mins

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Rank #11: Provocations in art: the erotic

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Catch up on this talk, exploring how 20th century artists have used eroticism in their work, and why it continues to challenge viewers and provoke controversy today.

Speakers:

Dr Alyce Mahon, Reader in Modern and Contemporary Art History, University of Cambridge, is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and their erotic politics.

Rowan Pelling, editor of The Amorist and former editor of The Erotic Review.

Adham Faramawy, artist and RA Schools alumnus.

Dr Shahidha Bari, Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, Queen Mary University of London & Fellow of Forum for European Philosophy, London School of Economics

Feb 12 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #12: A closer look at Salvador Dalí's ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’

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Catch up with this talk from Dr Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, as she discusses one of Dalí’s most famous and best loved paintings in the context of the artist's iconography of Port Lligat (the landscape of his home), Gala (his wife) and above all – himself.

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #13: Luc Tuymans in conversation with Adrian Locke

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Luc Tuymans discusses his distinguished career as a contemporary painter, as well as his curation of the James Ensor exhibition, with Senior Curator Adrian Locke.

Since the late 1970s, Tuymans’s easily-recognisable, sparsely-coloured figurative canvases have redefined the traditional genres of the everyday and history painting. Drawing in part on influences which range from Flemish Old Master painting to the contemporary mass media, his works are almost always painted from pre-existing imagery and produced in distinct, thematic series.

Dec 12 2016

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Rank #14: Abstract Expressionism: an American art movement

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In this talk, Professor Sarah Churchwell examines the social and cultural context that created this first truly American modernist movement and the beginning of New York City’s influence as the centre of the western art world.

An unparalleled period in American art, the rise of Abstract Expressionism in America in the 1930s and 1940s reflected the broader cultural context of mid-20th-century America. Global economic, social and political developments impacted on the American, and in particular New York, art scene and led to the emergence of a movement that broke with conventions and brought American art to prominence worldwide.

Nov 29 2016

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Rank #15: How much context and knowledge do you need to enjoy art?

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Taking our current Jasper Johns exhibition as a starting point, this discussion explores the question of how we view and interpret art more widely. Where a work of art has a narrative, would our experience of it be enhanced by having more knowledge, or are our senses enough? Where art is explained, who is the author of that interpretation and how are they directing us in how we view art? Is it the role of the artist to explain their work?

Our panel:
Cathie Pilkington, artist
Gill Hart, Head of Education at the National Gallery
Kirsteen McSwein, Curator, Interpretation at Tate
(chair) Dr David Dibosa, reader in Museology at UAL

Nov 21 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #16: Where are we now? Reflections on the nude in the arts

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Catch up on a panel discussion between Dame Mary Beard, Adrian Rifkin, Jemima Stehli and Jacky Klein as they take our 'Renaissance Nude' exhibition as a starting point to explore how we depict, look at and respond to the nude across historical and contemporary arts.

How have our attitudes on the nude changed throughout history? How does representation of the nude differ throughout the creative arts? How have topics such as gender, sexuality, power and beauty been represented and affected through the varying depictions of the nude?

Apr 24 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Matisse's portraits: a talk with co-curator Ellen McBreen

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“A portrait,” Matisse said, “is a quarrel.”

His long, laborious studio sessions were intense sites of contestation between physical resemblance and what Matisse understood to be the more lasting, essential character of the person he was portraying. Such sessions frequently resulted in portraits that did not please their subjects.

Art historian and co-curator of 'Matisse in the Studio', Ellen McBreen explores how specific objects from the artist's personal collection – a Yoruba mask, a Buddha bust, and a medieval head – provided alternative models for the visual expression of individuality and identity.

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Oct 26 2017

43mins

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Rank #18: An introduction to Ai Weiwei

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In this introductory podcast, exhibition curator Adrian Locke explains how Ai Weiwei, since his return to China in 1993, uses his art, not just his words or cyberspace to comment on contemporary Chinese society today. Locke also explores the meanings and stories behind his materials and methodologies, including his use of found rebars (steel rods used to hold buildings upright) in the deeply moving installation Straight.

Mar 22 2016

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Rank #19: Lauren Child on where ideas come from

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"Sometimes we need to spend time doing nothing – just stare into space. We need that fallow time," says Lauren Child, when journalist and author Nicolette Jones poses the question "how do you come up with your ideas?" This, and many more thoughts about creativity, from the 'Charlie and Lola' author and Waterstones Children's Laureate, in this inspiring talk from the RA's Festival of Ideas.

Feb 12 2019

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Rank #20: A history of women in the RA's Life Room

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Catch up with a talk from Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper at the RA, uncovering the militant campaigns, changing attitudes and evolution of the professional female artist.

Apr 03 2018

51mins

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Paul Smith: finding inspiration in the everyday and the extraordinary

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World renowned designer Sir Paul Smith discusses his humble beginnings, what inspires him, and the lessons he's learnt throughout his career.

Nov 25 2019

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Marcus Du Sautoy & Conrad Shawcross RA in conversation

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As part of our 'When Science Meers Art' series Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS, artist Conrad Shawcross RA and BBC presenter Samira Ahmed discuss how experimentation, curiosity and creative thinking are central to both science and sculpture. Download slides from this lecture: https://roy.ac/gh4d4

Oct 18 2019

49mins

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Making a mockery: exploring humour and satire in art

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Catch up with this panel discussion featuring political satirist Steve Bell, artist Bedwyr Williams and artist duo John Wood and Paul Harrison as they explore humour and satire in art, discussing how it's impacted today’s contemporary art world.

Aug 02 2019

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Mali Morris in conversation with Martha Kapos

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Mali Morris discusses her latest exhibition and display at the RA, as well as her career and practice, with author and poet Martha Kapos.

Acclaimed artist Mali Morris RA focuses on the expressive possibilities of abstract painting. Her work draws on many sources but constantly explores how colour can structure light and space.

Jul 10 2019

45mins

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An artist's many tools: Peter Blake in conversation

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Catch up on this conversation between Peter Blake and the Director of London Original Print Fair, Helen Rosslyn. They discuss Blake’s new project 'Ways of Making', which investigates the diversity and range of processes at the disposal of an artist.

Recognised as one of the founders of British Pop Art, painter and printmaker Sir Peter Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having created iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.

Jul 10 2019

42mins

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In conversation with Thomas Houseago

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Catch up on this conversation with the artist behind this year’s Summer Exhibition courtyard installation, Thomas Houseago, and the show's curator Edith Devaney.

Ranging from monumental to smaller-scale works, Houseago’s sculptures simultaneously convey states of power and vulnerability. He uses mediums traditionally associated with classical and modernist sculpture – including carved wood, clay, plaster and bronze – as well as less traditional materials like rebar (reinforcing steel bars) and hemp.

Jul 10 2019

55mins

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Ken Loach: “If you don’t draw blood then they won’t care about you”

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Award-winning director Ken Loach discusses the politics and processes behind his films, as well as the effects of Brexit on the british film industry with writer and critic, Francine Stock.

Jun 17 2019

41mins

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Michael Palin on bringing forgotten artists onto our screens

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Actor, writer, comedian and presenter, Michael Palin explores the life and work of under-appreciated artists with journalist and broadcaster, Martha Kearney.

May 29 2019

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A conversation between the creators of ‘Charlie and Lola’

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Author and illustrator Lauren Child sat down with her collaborator, designer David Mackintosh, to discuss the process of making best-selling children’s books – from font snobbery to wrestling over front covers and the merits of staring into space.

May 28 2019

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Hofesh Shechter: "Dance changed my life"

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World-famous dancer, choreographer and composer, Hofesh Shechter, discusses his life and career – and why indifference is the worst possible response to his work.

May 24 2019

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Clio Barnard on the ethical minefield of making documentaries

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Poetic and unflinching, Clio Barnard’s films explore the beauty and terror in rural English landscapes. Honing in on the lives and hardships of working-class Englanders, her films offer an unblinking account of life on the margins.

In this interview with Matthew Sweet, she discusses her recent film, Dark River (2017), alongside The Selfish Giant (2013), which developed from her experimental documentary, The Arbor (2010), based on Bradford playwright, Andrea Dunbar.

May 23 2019

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Cressida Cowell and Chris Riddell’s storytelling secrets

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Between them, Cressida Cowell and Chris Riddell have created some of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. In this conversation from our 2019 Festival of Ideas, the talented storytellers discuss how images and words can work together, and how to stoke the fires of creativity – from making space for accidents, to the importance of a “naughty drawer”.

May 23 2019

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Michael Rosen on the systems squeezing creativity out of education

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Celebrated author, poet and broadcaster, Michael Rosen joins writer and broadcaster Sarah Crompton at the RA’s Festival of Ideas, to discuss the limitations of testing and the suppression of an individual’s interpretation in schools today.

May 23 2019

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Elif Shafak: writing through the eyes of women

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The writer of 17 books in 50 languages, the British-Turkish writer and activist Elif Shafak was put on trial for her work in Turkey and accused of being a "pawn for western powers". Speaking to journalist and broadcaster Razia Iqbal in this podcast from the 2019 Festival of Ideas, Shafak talks about the feeling of being an outsider in your motherland, the urgent need for reform in the Turkish political landscape, and the role of novels in a country without free speech.

Elif Shafak is the author of novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve.

May 23 2019

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Kwame Kwei-Armah: “We’re all born with our own superpowers.”

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Actor, director, writer, producer, and recently appointed Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic theatre, Kwame Kwei-Armah joins broadcaster Sarah Crompton to discuss mistakes, family, loneliness, getting death threats, serving the next generation of artists, the fun of theatre, and the enduring difficulties of getting your play on stage.

May 22 2019

48mins

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Where are we now? Reflections on the nude in the arts

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Catch up on a panel discussion between Dame Mary Beard, Adrian Rifkin, Jemima Stehli and Jacky Klein as they take our 'Renaissance Nude' exhibition as a starting point to explore how we depict, look at and respond to the nude across historical and contemporary arts.

How have our attitudes on the nude changed throughout history? How does representation of the nude differ throughout the creative arts? How have topics such as gender, sexuality, power and beauty been represented and affected through the varying depictions of the nude?

Apr 24 2019

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The making of historical films: a panel discussion with director Mike Leigh

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Catch up on this panel discussion between British filmmaker Mike Leigh, historical consultant and author Jacqueline Riding, and Oscar-nominated production designer Suzie Davies, as they discuss the importance of truth, storytelling and revealing hidden histories in film.

What is the balance between fact and fiction? How does a director’s style influence the development of character, place and narrative? What is the significance of the historical film today?

This panel discussion was held to mark the display of JWM Turner RA’s 'Helvoetsluys: - the City of Utrecht, 64, Going to Sea' and John Constable RA’s 'The Opening of Waterloo Bridge', which will be exhibited at the RA side-by-side for the first time since 1832.

Apr 24 2019

56mins

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Phyllida Barlow in conversation with art critic Gilda Williams

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Catch up on this event with renowned artist Phyllida Barlow CBE RA discussing her practice, career and current exhibition at the RA with contemporary art critic, Gilda Williams.

For more than 50 years, Phyllida Barlow has taken inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations. She creates anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim and cement. The seams of their construction are left at times visible, revealing the means of their making. The audience is challenged into a new relationship with the sculptural object, the gallery environment and the world beyond.

Apr 24 2019

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Gatekeepers of censorship: contemporary erotic art in a digital age

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In this panel discussion recorded in the RA's Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Julia Farrington, Associate Arts Producer at Index on Censorship, Psychoanalyst and Professor, Adam Phillips, and artist Celia Hempton explore the challenges in creating erotic art in today’s contemporary art world. The talk was chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Kirsty Wark.

Mar 12 2019

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Rose Wylie RA in conversation with Frances Morris

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As part of our 2019 International Women’s Day programme, Feminist Time, Rose Wylie RA is joined by the Director of Tate Modern, Francis Morris to discuss her projects and achievements, and explore the difficulties she has encountered in the art world.

Find out more about this year's International Women's Day programme: https://roy.ac/2VH74ml

Mar 08 2019

58mins

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Horrible sound design

By Ibetnoonechosethisname - Aug 04 2017
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Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.