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Digital Dialogues is the Art+ Activism online hub. Composed of essays, audio or text interviews, mental meanderings and ponderings produced by Art + Activism that explores the conversation between art and society. Housing both in-depth and thinking-out-loud styles, subjective and objective reviews, engaging stories and student voices Digital Dialogues is a unique forum for questioning and experimenting for readers in Chicagoland and beyond. 

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Get Caught in the Rain Recent Columbia College Chicago film graduates Evan Bartlett, Tim Jacks and Zack Cieslak set out to bike cross-country, making a documentary webseries dedicated to dismantling the cultural stigmas around cancer. Fueled by personal experiences with cancer, the gang will travel to a different town a meet a cancer survivor or patient each week; sharing their stories, exploring how cancer has changed their lives, and going on a boundless activity (I.E. skydiving, cliff-jumping, rollercoaster riding). 

In the first part of this two part podcast, PUSH sits down with Bartlett and Jacks and gets the inside scoop on what has inspired them to pursue this project. They discuss the upcoming excitements and anxieties for their journey and explain why they’ve chosen to use film to spread positive messages. 


The People's Cook The People’s Cook is the founder and orchestrator of Viva la Soul! a PopUp Performance Restaurant with the goal of inter-threading food, culture, theatre and art. The Peoples Cook creates cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, participatory arts activities-- incorporating local artists within the community of the city to foster interactive community engagement. In this episode he shares what lead to the creation of Viva La Soul, and why he’s passionate about putting culture at the forefront of the conversation on food.


The 'S' Word: Jonny Boucher Columbia alumnus Jonny Boucher shares his personal inspirations which have lead to the variety of powerful and inspiring projects he's developed as founder/executive director of Hope for the Day.

Hope for the Day is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention through music and the arts. Hope for the Day fosters education, prevention and hope through three major creative projects; Music Saved My Life, Beatkeepers and The HD Project. Boucher discusses the importance of connecting to positive role models and his aspirations to dismantle the negative stigmas on mental health through Hope for the Day’s multi-media endeavors.


Of People, Of Place: Greg Harris DePaul Art Museum’s Assistant Curator and Columbia alum, Greg Harris, discusses the photography exhibit ‘We Shall: Photographs by Paul D’Amato.’ In stylistically formal portraits Paul D’Amato, faculty of Columbia’s Photography Department, has captured the people and places encompassing Chicago’s West side neighborhoods for nearly two decades. Greg Harris shares how the exhibit explores class, race, culture and the subjectivity of photography. Additionally, Harris speaks on curatorial practices and his unique perspective on the relations between art and activism. 


Through the Pictures: Colleen Plumb and Jess T. Dugan “Within my book I wanted there to be funny pictures, and this range to sort of tragic and then realistic. Not categorized by subject - these are dead, and this is food and this is what we wear, this is on exhibits. I wanted it to be woven and by that experience of going through all the pictures, can someone’s guard be set down because of that ride through the pictures?”

Moving Space: Stephen Reynolds “I think that making a mark is the most direct form of expression, as well as talking, moving space.” 


Just Threads: Panty Pulping “I feel like seeing those threads broken down you see that that’s all the underwear really is. At essence it’s just threads, and we’re all sort of bound together by them in a way.” 


Music in the Delivery: Conway “And the way that I’ve heard a lot of folks who do spoken word talk about it is they talk about the way you can bring music into the delivery.” 


Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Cole Robertson: Thinker, photographer, marketer, and teacher Cole Robertson talks artist manifestos. Are they useful for working artists, or are they outdated, limiting, and risky? What have outrageous declarations done for you lately? “So manifesto is where the rubber hits the road between thought and practice or action. It’s that first step in action or the last culmination of the thought process, sort of the bridge between them.”


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