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Second Sundays Artist Interviews: Hatim Belyamani, Pretty Sick, Christy Gast, Denise Milstein, Amelia Winger-Bearskin

During the September 2015 Second Sunday celebration, Clocktower host Jake Nussbaum spoke with Pioneer Works' artists-in-residence Christy Gast and collaborator Denise Milstein, Hatim Belyamani of Remix Culture, and members of the band Pretty Sick, high-school-aged winners of the '72 Battle of the Bands. Bridget Hickey hosted Pioneer Works artist-in-residence Amelia Winger-Bearskin. This program documents that live streamcast. Listeners can use the fast-forward button to jump through the interviews.

Hatim Belyamani is executive director of remix ←→ culture. Growing up in Morocco, Hatim was an award-winning pianist. After he graduated school, he composed music under the name "officerfishdumplings" and worked for Apple for several years before returning to art. In 2012, he founded remix ←→ culture, a nonprofit artist collective creating links between traditional music and digital remix art.

Pretty Sick is a band from New York, NY that plays alternative dream-punk. Ella is on guitar and vocals, Sabrina is on bass and vocals, and Eva plays drums. In 2015, they won the Santos Party House 72's Battle of the Bands, judged by Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

Christy Gast is an artist whose work across media reflects her interest in issues of economics and the environment. She has been exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Artist’s Space, Harris Lieberman Gallery, and Regina Rex, among others. Gast’s work stems from extensive research and site visits to places she thinks of as “contested landscapes", ranging from beaver-ravaged sub-Antarctic forests to the extensively engineered canals and dikes around Lake Okeechobee that divert water from the Everglades.

Denise Milstein is a sociologist at Columbia University whose research explores and builds at the intersection of art and politics. Her current projects examine the evolution of relationships and interactions between and among the changing environment, natural and human built, and communities of urban dwellers, artists, and scientists. She is most interested in how these shifting dynamics give rise to social change and artistic innovation.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin graduated from NYU – ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) in 2015. In 2014 her video artwork was included in the 2014 Storytelling: La biennale d’art contemporain autochtone, 2e édition (Art Biennale of Contemporary Native Art) at Art Mur (Montreal, Canada). She is also the co-founder of the "Stupid Hackathon."


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