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Episode 136 | Blockchain, AI, and Newfangled Art with cari ann shim sham*, mowna

cari ann shim sham*, wild artist and co-founder/curator for the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art, joins Martheya to talk about Blockchain, AI, and Newfangled Art. They discuss NFT’s, the problems with social media, the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art (mowna), and cari ann’s art that explores healing the body and liberating dance . (45:43) 


[0:12] Martheya says welcome back 


[0:59] Topic: NFT’s and Collecting

  • [0:59] Martheya asks: “Can you briefly introduce yourself?”

  • [1:30] Martheya asks: “Could you just explain what an NFT is in very simple elementary terms for us? ”

  • [5:21] Martheya asks: “I'm wondering where did you start out?”

  • [7:07] Martheya asks: How are you think about collecting from that kind of learning standpoint to then eventually wanting to be a creator?”

[8:35] Topic: The Problems With Social Media 

  • [8:35] Martheya asks: “What's your perspective (on Silicon Valley)?”

  • [11:48] Martheya asks: “I would love if you're comfortable for you to call those (social media) concerns and problems out right now.”

  • [16:42] Martheya asks: “What do you say to people in my situation or in your student situation that are feeling it's like you don't want to be the one left out, but you also want to make sure that you're using these tools  that you have to share the important work that you're doing.”

[0:59] Topic: Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art

  • [18:58] Martheya asks: “How are you negotiating the continuous development of these new technologies and the pressure to stay relevant or innovative is like the big word right now.  How do you decide what you will continue to use?”

  • [22:15] Martheya asks: “Could you talk more about what the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art is and your hopes for the future?”

  • [27:41] Martheya asks: “Do you have advice or things that have really worked for you all in terms of getting that type of support?”

[0:59] Topic: Art-making as Healing 

  • [30:28] Martheya asks: “Can you talk to me about the art that you're currently making and what's really exciting for you right now?”

  • [35:27] Martheya asks: “How do you choose, like which platform is best for which work?”

  • [39:06] Martheya asks: “What are your predictions for the future of technology and dance or in the moving body?” 

[42:29] Martheya asks:  

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[42:49] Martheya asks:  

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • My mom doing the Jitterbug 

[42:55] Martheya asks:  

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)? 

  • No

[43:03] Martheya asks:  

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

media courtesy of cari ann shim sham*

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cari ann shim sham* is a wild artist, free diver, & edible mushroom hunter. Her practice explores bodily circular movement's relationship to magic, self portraiture as critique, human interactions with technology, performative inflatable sculpture as empathy generators, the power of asking questions & the possibilities of the morphic field & improvisation to heal the body and liberate dance. She often works in the nude. cari ann is currently investigating blockchain GIF archival of performance and developing an open source community developed AI choreographer. shim sham is co-founder/curator for the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art and a full arts professor at NYU.


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