From Port of Spain, Trinidad, we live stream a special radio program about the significance of digital media as a contemporary cultural space in the Caribbean. Joining us in our pop up studio are artist and writer Christopher Cozier, architect Sean Leonard, writer and media producer Janine Mendes-Franco, journalist and podcaster Franka Philip, and artist designer Kriston Chen—all based in Trinidad.
Listen to find out when the internet began playing a vital connective role in the region and which social media platforms currently inform and inspire the local creative community. Hear diverse perspectives on how locally produced radio, citizen journalism and podcasting might diversify, amplify and document critical conversations about contemporary art and culture.
Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Talk ‘Bout Us/Trini Good Media, Jamie Lee Lloyd, Unease, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, University of West Indies, 2008, 1000 Mokos, Douen Islands: In Forest and Wild Skies, featuring Sharda Patasar, Moko Jumbie special on Kelly Village TV, 2017, Sugar Cane Arrows, Attorney General TV news bulletin during 1990 attempted coup, via Wondershare, The Street, 91.9FM, IRadio.TT, Music Matters, The Caribbean Edition, 1990 Coup Special on Gayelle TV, David Michael Rudder, Accapella on Instagram, 2018, Don’t Be Rude mix created by Ozzy Merriq, 2011
Destination Fresh Art in Trinidad: In September 2018, Fresh Art International spent a week in residence at Alice Yard, an art and performance space founded in 2006 in what was once the backyard of Leonard’s great-grandmother’s home on Roberts Street in Port of Spain. Writer and editor Nicholas Laughlin, architect Sean Leonard and artist Christopher Cozier collaboratively run events, exhibitions and a residency program at the Yard. We were there to stage this remote radio broadcast, to attend screenings at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and to capture other conversations for future podcast episodes.