The Artsy Podcast, No. 1: Instagram vs. The World
Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art.
A podcast is something we’ve been wanting to do at Artsy for while. And now, with our first effort, we’re excited to bring an expanded Artsy Magazine right to your earbuds. We’re keeping it straightforward but insightful: Each episode will feature three people who know and love art, talking about it from every angle. We’ll be going behind the scenes on stories ripped from our pages, taking an analytical view on art news, and looking ahead to what we’re most excited about in the art world.
For the inaugural Artsy Podcast, we kick off by talking about Ai Weiwei’s activism surrounding the current refugee crisis in Europe. In early January, the dissident artist set up a studio on Lesbos, a Greek island where many fleeing the violence in the Middle East arrive and where Ai has since been working intermittently. The artist also pulled out of two exhibitions in Denmark after Danish authorities passed a law that, among other things, allowed the seizure of valuables worth above 10,000 Danish kroner (just under $1500) from asylum seekers. More controversially, Ai posed as the drowned Syrian infant Alan Kurdi in a photograph taken at the end of January.
We also delve into the issues raised by our recent—and hugely popular—story “Why the World’s Leading Photojournalists Are Ditching Their DSLRs to Shoot on Instagram.” The piece explored how, increasingly, major works of photojournalism——from Devin Allen’s shot of the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, to coverage of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes—are being shot on phones and delivered to the public via Instagram. So, is photojournalism changing? How does this digital revolution empower amateur photographers to represent the events impacting them? Will professional’s bottom lines take a hit? Listen in to find out. And come back for more Artsy Podcasts coming soon.
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Fairs & Associate Features Editor Molly Gottschalk. It was produced by Joe Sykes with production assistance provided by Abigail Cain.
Intro Music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free