"Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to be inspired by, to collaborate with, to support, to be enlightened by." Following Madonna's speech on feminism, BLYNKT editor Lei seeks out a strong woman this week to speak about feminism, design, and work and life in Berlin. Dora is currently working as an independent graphic designer in Berlin.
Check out Dora's work on her website: www.dora-works.com/
You can read Dora's article "Can I have it all?" here: https://medium.com/@dore_more/can-i-have-it-all-1090ad7c1bf4
This week BLYNKT editor Carly Dee speaks to Maryah Converse, author of "Say Praise God!" which appears in Issue 2 of BLYNKT Magazine. They speak about Maryah's time in Jordan as part of the Peace Corps, the current rise in Islamophobia and Maryah's hopes for a more peaceful coexistence. You can read more of Maryah's work on her website: bymaryah.wordpress.com
Issue 2 of BLYNKT Magazine "Individual/Society" is here! Carly and Lei are reunited on the BLYNKT podcast this week to introduce the new issue. The call for submissions for Issue 3 on the topic of "Body politics" is open now! Listen to find out what's in Issue 2 and the ideas behind our next issue coming this Fall.
Read Issue 2 here: www.blynkt.com/magazine.html
Happy Sunday! Felix Henke from Beyond Art joins Lei on the BLYNKT podcast this week to speak about a social art project he initiated with Deepak Tolange, a contributing photographer of BLYNKT. Beyond Art originated from Deepak’s documentary, Dust (2016), which is about child labor in Nepal. In 2017, Felix and Deepak returned to Nepal to give the children masks and cameras with donations they received from the Beyond Art community.
Support Beyond Art: www.facebook.com/Beyond-Art-1157925227605016/
If you are in Berlin, you can also check out Felix and Deepak’s exhibition at 48 Stunden Neukölln from 23-25 of June.
This week on the BLYNKT podcast, Lei has a heart-to-heart conversation with Benjamin Lawrance Miller, who is an English professor at Queensborough Community College (CUNY), about writing and creative communities. Ben also speaks about his experience of living in the woods in his early twenties, which inspired his piece, "Failing Thoreau in the Year 2000" (featured in BLYNKT Issue 2). To learn about the curious connections between the woods and creative writing, listen to this week's BLYNKT podcast!
This week Chinese American anthropologist and filmmaker, Beina Xu, discusses and reads her dystopian story "Walter." Beina and Lei also talk about Asian diaspora, identity politics, documentary filmmaking, and their love-hate relationship with New York. All on this week's BLYNKT podcast!
"For me the most interesting thing about the theater is that it creates the possibility of an encounter." This week on the BLYNKT podcast, Lei is in conversation with Argentinian director and playwright Lola Arias. Her play, Atlas des Kommunismus, will be showing at the Gorki theater in Berlin in April and May, 2017. Don't miss out!
To see Lola's play: www.gorki.de/en/atlas-des-kommunismus
Writer and philosopher Nicola Tams joins Lei on the BLYNKT podcast this week to talk about literary community, the creative process of writing non-fiction, cultural integration in Germany, and the idea of starting a literature movement in Berlin!
Read her poetic piece on Istanbul, "Istanbul: Belated vision and feline melancholy," on the BLYNKT blog.
We are delighted to have poet and rapper, Malik Crumpler on the BLYNKT podcast this week! You can read some of Malik’s poetry in Issue 2 of BLYNKT magazine “Individual/Society” which will be published in the Spring. If you can’t wait until then, Malik will be reading us his political piece “Consolation Prize” on this week’s podcast. As if that wasn’t enough, he also shares a sample of his forthcoming album “iAncient” with us, which will be available soon on Def Pressé. Enjoy!
Photo by Scott Benedict (www.scottbenedict.com)
Jenny Yu, the founder of StudioYU, joins us on the BLYNKT podcast today to share her experience of becoming an artist-entrepreneur in the art world today. Coming from an immigrant family, Jenny tells her journey as an independent artist trying to own her own art work by helping other striving artists do the same as well.
If you are an independent artist and interested in joining Jenny's non-profit organization which helps artists promote and sell their works internationally, you can submit your work here: www.studioyu.org/
Carly Dee and Q. Lei