Can art heal divisions in Taiwan? The political activist and conceptual artist Lee Tzu-Tung reflects on Taiwan’s political past and gives her vision of how art can play a role in creating a better future for all its citizens.
We discover the songs that have formed the soundtrack to a city at protest. The writer and journalist Vivienne Chow reveals why pro-government and opposition groups are creating new music in the battle for the political future of the Hong Kong.
Can you find laughs at a time of protest? The comedian Vivek Mahbubani tells us how he is responding to the Hong Kong protests through stand-up.
Plus the writer Elaine Chiew shares her secrets for the perfect Chinese New Year.
Presented by Tina Daheley.
Image: Lee Tzu-Tung
Image credit: MOCA, Taipei
Njambi McGrath: My family story through comedy
From the villages of rural Kenya to starring on some of British comedy’s biggest stages. The comedian Njambi McGrath tells Tina how when she takes to the stage she is not just telling her own story but the story of a family and a country devastated by the impact of colonialism.
Has a song, a film or a book ever changed the way you see the world? The American stand-up and actor Rob Delaney on how reading the work of graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner was a turning point in his life.
Indian comic and YouTube sensation Kanan Gill, tells Tina about his latest comedy show, Yours Sincerely – which reflects on him trying to live up to the dreams of his youth.
She’s been called the voice of a new generation in Germany and can make you laugh in English, German and Farsi. Enissa Amani reveals her comedy secrets to the Cultural Frontline.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Njambi McGrath
Image credit: Steve Ullathorne
Jenny Slate: Writing my fear
Can you create great art out of fear and anxiety? The American comedian Jenny Slate reveals how she was driven to write a weird and wonderful collection of essays by despair, divorce and the election of Donald Trump.
The award-winning writer Jeet Thayil talks to Tina about grappling with grief in his latest book, the darkly comic yet personal novel Low. It’s a work which draws on Jeet’s own feelings of grief, as the central character embarks on a rollercoaster of a weekend in Bombay in an attempt to forget his pain and feel closer to his dead wife.
We hear from the digital artist and video game designer Dan Hett on how he was driven to create a series of video games tackling the issue of grief and loss following the death of his brother Martyn in the Manchester Arena bombing.
Plus Nigerian actor and singer David Jones David on why he has picked up the mic to sing and speak out against drug addiction.
Presented by Tina Daheley.
Image: Jenny Slate
Image credit: Cassie Wright/Getty Images for SXSW
Inside and out: Digital experiences of the body
What happens when digital technology and our bodies start to merge? Zoë Comyns meet artists who are growing body parts with human cells, implanting technology into their bodies and questioning whether we can have meaningful relationships with sex robots. She will also meet an artist who exists only in the digital realm.
Amy Karle has been named one of the most influential women in 3D printing. Born with a rare skin condition, she grew up fascinated by technology and how it can be used to heal and enhance our bodies. As a bioartist, her work includes a human hand design made with 3D-printed scaffolds and human bone cells.
Lans King has surgically implanted a microchip into his hand as a conceptual artwork entitled “This is my body (of work)”. It contains cryptographic blockchain code which represents the work itself. It is perhaps the first artwork ever to be fully integrated within the body of an artist.
Kate Davis used mixed media images, soundscapes and video in her Logging on to Love installations. The series is influenced by the development of sex robots and how our identities might be manipulated as technology becomes more sophisticated.
La Turbo Avedon is the avatar of an anonymous artist. Nobody knows who the artist behind her is, as she exists only in digital form. You can interact with her on social media platforms and in online games. She shares her views on a possible future digital existence.
Image: Amy Karle (Courtesy of Amy Karle)
Work-Life: a provocative new drama about our near future
How would you feel if a robot took your job? That’s the question at the heart of a new play exploring how work place pressures spill over into our family relationships.
Katy works long hours at the local warehouse with no one to talk to but her new colleague, a machine. She then unexpectedly loses her job. Will she fight to get her role back or pursue a new career for a cause she can believe in?
The Cultural Frontline presents the radio premiere of the play, Work-Life by Diane Stewart recorded on location at the Edinburgh Festival. Accompanied by an interview between the writer Diane Stewart and award winning playwright Zinnie Harris.
The featured play was commissioned by The Traverse Theatre with the support of their partners.
Writer: Diane Stewart
Cast: Dawn Sievewright, Neshla Caplan and Gail Watson.
Produced and Presented by Lucy Collingwood.
Image credit: Getty