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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?”

November 9, 2020

Zoe Bender: The Artist As The Emotional Heart

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.


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This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

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