Society & Culture

Join Oakland-based countercultural darling, Rachel Lark, as she interviews artists, activists and scholars about the connection between art and activism and tries to get to the bottom of the question, “What’s The Point?”

Episodes

What’s the point of going outside of your comfort zone? And how can making others uncomfortable be a form of love? 

 

Today we speak with rapper Dame Drummer about the importance of art’s messaging, the independent artist's duty to reflect the times, and making art as a Black man in the United States.

 

Find everything Dame Drummer on his website, including his newest release “Aye Yai Yai.”

 

Today’s music is all from Dame! Songs listed in order played:

 

(0:07 - 0:50) - Dame Drummer, GWYGlude

(1:46 - 5:28) - Dame Drummer, Get What You Gave

(9:27 - 11:43) - Dame Drummer, Black and Beautiful

(15:44 - 17:26) - Dame Drummer, Rescue Me

(22:40 - 26:20) - Dame Drummer, Aye Yai Yai

 

Five Minute Action!

Initiate a conversation with a family member about race. Pick the person you think will be the most uncomfortable to talk to.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Tell us your thoughts about this episode! How have you gotten uncomfortable with your art and activism? 

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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What’s the point of laughter? And how can we use it to manipulate...I mean move...our audiences? Professor of Political Performance and cofounder of the clandestine insurgent rebel clown army, Larry Bogad, drops in for a chat about using laughter to move ideas, both within an individual’s mind and as larger cultural shifts. Plus we get to hear about selling ice cream made from melting polar ice caps.

 

For more from Larry Bogad, visit his website here. You can also learn more about (and buy!) his books and plays by clicking on the following links:

 

Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play

Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements

Cointelshow: A Patriot Act (a darkly satirical, $5 play about COINTELPRO)

 

Today’s featured musician is Latin Circus Fusion group Bicicletas Por La Paz. Find more from them at bicicletasporlapaz.com or at their bandcamp. Songs in order played as follows: 

 

(0:07 - 1:12) Bicicletas Por La Paz - Adónde

(12:37 - 13:49) Bicicletas Por La Paz - Colibrí

(16:07 - 16:59) Bicicletas Por La Paz - Chicha En Sol Menor

(17:48 - 19:34) Bicicletas Por La Paz - Chicha En Sol Menor

(21:00 - 24:30) Bicicletas Por La Paz - Googleamos

 

Five Minute Action!

Call three friends and invite them to form an affinity group. Create a text thread for updating each other on protests and other forms of political engagement.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Tell us your thoughts about this episode! How do you tap into ritual and grief? How has that influenced your art and activism?

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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What’s the point of moving through grief? Like, literally moving? What can we learn from indigenous practices...and raves...in order to create our own rituals and forms of release?

You can find more about Embodied Social Change, ritual bass DJ mixes, their drug policy work, and much more from Camille Barton at their website, and be sure to check them out in the documentary “The Post-Racist Planet.”

Today’s featured musician is The Seshen, a San Francisco Bay Area six-piece band. Songs in order played as follows:

(:07 - :57) The Seshen - Unravel

(02:35 - 03:23) The Seshen - Dive

(10:17 - 10:53) The Seshen - Shapes

(16:32 - 17:32) The Seshen - Dive

(23:10 - 23:30) VPRO Documentary - Post-Racist Future

(24:40 - end) The Seshen - Oblivion

 

Art mentioned in this episode…

Joyful Militancy (Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery), 

the body keeps the score (Bessel van der Kolk), 

Pleasure Activism (adrienne marie brown), 

The Wild Edge of Sorrow (Francis Weller), 

Resmaa (white body supremacy)

 

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

Global Environments Network

White Awake

Collective Liberation Project

 

Five Minute Action!

Give money to a racial justice organization.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Tell us your thoughts about this episode! How do you tap into ritual and grief? How has that influenced your art and activism?

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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Zoe Bender: the artist as the emotional heart

What’s the point of bringing your most vulnerable parts outward? And how do we do so in a way that doesn’t just….suck? Educator, activist, and artist Zoe Bender chats with us about the relationship between authentic expression and aesthetic craft, especially when it comes to strategic protest and emotion-filled art.

You can follow Zoe on Soundcloud and check out where Zoe teaches in San Francisco, The Bay School, a unique high school with challenging academics, innovative thinking, and a mindful approach to learning and life.

Today’s featured musician is Gabby La La from Oakland, you can find more from her on her bandcamp. Songs listed in order as follows:

(0:12 - 1:09): Gabby La La - Light and Power

(6:40 - 7:12): Gabby La La- We Are Stars

(8:30 - 9:18): Gabby La La - The Way We Feel

(12:26 - 13:52): Gabby La La - This is where we go

(21:51 - 22:54): Gabby La La - Light and Power

(22:47 - end): Gabby La La - So Sick So Cool

 

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. Authentic Movement Practice
  2. Butoh Dance

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Skywatchers

Five Minute Action!

Find a local organization that works with the unhoused population in your area, go to their website and see what kinds of support they're asking for, and pick one thing you can do this week to support them.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Tell us your thoughts about this episode! How do you feel about authenticity in art? How about in activism?

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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What’s the point of censuring women’s pleasure? Hint: there is none, and not eating pussy is mean. Jessamyn Fitzpatrick is an artist, educator and pleasure seeker, and today she talks to us about using art to explore the nuances of sex and blending the sacred and profane.

Check out Jessamyn on instagram @sexpositivitytarot where you can find (and buy) her tarot deck and tell her how much you love her.

Today’s featured musical guest is Sass N Harmony from Oakland, California. You can find more from them on their Bandcamp and Patreon. Songs listed in order as follows:

(3:33 - 4:49): Wisteria - Sass N’ Harmony

(9:04 - 10:33): You Only Live Once (The Asshole Song) - Rachel Lark

(15:54 - 17:35): Like Butter - Sass N’ Harmony

(20:58 - 22:48): Twisted Nautilus - Sass N’ Harmony

(24:15 - end): Drop The Seed - Sass N’ Harmony

 

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. Sex Positivity Tarot
  2. Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  3. The Cooler
  4. This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Catharsis Productions

Five Minute Action!

Join a welcome call for a national progressive organization like Democratic Socialists of America or Sunrise Movement or a webinar from the movement for Black Lives, and for the love of all that is beautiful in this world, fucking VOTE. Like, yesterday. But also now if you still haven't.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Tell us your thoughts about this episode! How is sexual liberation connected to other types of liberation? How do you wrestle with the distinction of sacred vs. profane? Give us a call and spill it.

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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