Month: February 2019

E34: Artists #22, Featuring Mwenda Mayer

Mwenda Mayer, Afrofusion solo dance artist, is my guest for this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. She shares with us her experiences in the dance world from Southern Africa to Berlin, how she overcame the challenges of creating a style that fits her personal preferences and how she deals with being her own worst critic.

She also discusses the importance of continuous learning and finding a balance between creating art and working for a living. Listen to our great conversation for all this and more! Keep up with Mwenda via her Facebook page and her YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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E33: Artists #21, Featuring Marko Ivic

Marko Ivic, musician and interdisciplinary artist, is my guest in this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. He shares with us how his career took him from Venezuela to Croatia and Germany, the way he balances his classical training with his experimental projects, and how his sense of “being in a place is hijacked” by freelancing as an artist.

We discuss his view that there usually needs to be a special reason behind making art, since doing so is not always easy and not always profitable. We also discuss his relationship to his audience as a performer and his goal of deconstructing traditional performances. Listen to our great conversation for more about Marko and his work. You can keep up with him via his website markoivic.info. Enjoy!

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E32: Artists #20, Featuring Tau Tau Menghan

In this episode I had the opportunity to speak with Tau Tau Menghan, a Berlin-based filmmaker, novelist and storyteller originally from China. She shares her experiences in the Berlin filmmaking community, the differences between the Chinese and German art scenes, and the many boundaries that she has broken through on her artistic journey. She also shares the challenges she has faced balancing filmmaking and novel writing, how being weird is almost a prerequisite to being an artist and some of the amazing stories that have inspired and resulted from her work.

Listen to our conversation to find out about her relationship to German trees, what gets her up in the morning, and how she puts it all together to make what she calls a “stew.” Keep up with her work via her website itautau.com, and check out one of her latest projects “No Zuo No Die” on imdb.com. Enjoy!

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Tau Tau Menghan with Steve on Voices from the Dark and RBL Berlin at GlogauAIR


E31: Artists #19, Featuring Clare Saponia

Photo credit: Elena Capra

In this episode I sit down with Clare Saponia, a London-born writer and artist. We discuss a variety of topics, including her mixed family origins and European identity, her passion for language and culture, her holistic approach to life, and how these things have inspired and influenced her on her artistic journey.

She shares with us how she accomplishes what she calls the eternal juggling act of being an artist and making a living. She also shares some of the wisdom she has collected on her journey, including how she views writing as a way of connecting with herself and thus with other people. Perhaps most importantly, she reminds us to listen to our bodies and just breathe. Keep up with Clare via her websites claresaponia.co.uk and clearstarblog.wordpress.com. Enjoy!

Special thanks to the folks at RBL Berlin and GlogauAIR for providing a cozy space to talk.

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