This week's highlighted resource is Cathy Hannabach's podcast Imagine Otherwise. Hannabach is the founder of Ideas on Fire, an organization that works to provide interdisciplinary social justice scholars with the tools to create a more just world. Ideas on Fire provides workshops, career guidance, and publishing help for those who hope to leverage writing and artistic scholarship for social justice.
Through Imagine Otherwise, Hannabach engages with an array of artists, academics, social activists, and community organizers to discuss issues relevant to social justice in art. Some of the episodes focus on using artistic practice to combat social issues, some dive into issues relating to curation and exhibition spaces, and others focus more on academic institutions and how they interact with social engagement. Imagine Otherwise is not strictly a craft podcast, but instead reaches across artistic disciplines to engage practitioners hoping to achieve justice by altering culture. When it comes to addressing social justice in craft education, the conversations recorded through Imagine Otherwise provide a comprehensive background on the interactions between art, academia, and social justice which helps to contextualize similar, future academic endeavors.
The podcast is available on the Imagine Otherwise Website, Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes and most other podcast platforms.
Some episodes to start with:
-11: Micha Cárdenas
"How can we retool science and technology to serve marginalized groups? Micha Cárdenas discusses using digital media and wearable technologies to protect Black and Latinx communities from police violence, how art can enable survival, and how queer and trans communities of color are imagining and creating more just worlds."
-40: Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis
"What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art experience? Curators Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis share their experiences curating the ‘Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai’i."
-28: Zach McDowell
"Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”"