The People: Mathew Timmons & Ben White with John Burtle & Elana Mann (Ep. 14), Kim Calder & Vanessa Place (Ep. 15)

The People with Insert Blanc Editor and Publisher Mathew Timmons and Insert Blanc Artist Ben White, features the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond on KCHUNG 1630AM every 3rd Sunday at 3pm and podcast on iTunes as The People Radio. The People is me, The People is you, The People is we, and You Can Too! … like a Broken Record magically repaired.

In this issue of  The Conversant, we feature The People episodes 14 and 15 with Vanessa Place, Kim Calder, Elana Mann and John Burtle.—Mathew Timmons and Ben White


The People: John Burtle & Elana Mann (Ep. 14)

Originally broadcast on Sunday, April 20, 2014

Artists John Burtle and Elana Mann talk about the quality of receivership and listening as a political act. Featured music by Boston band Shore Leave and as always our intro music is the song “Ocfif” by Lewis Keller.



The People: The People: Kim Calder & Vanessa Place (Ep. 15)

Originally broadcast on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Writer and poet Kim Calder talks to C.E.O. Vanessa Place about the experience of the courtroom and comforting doses of anxiety and the abject. Featured music by Animal Nudity and as always our intro music is the song “Ocfif” by Lewis Keller.


John Burtle: It could be anything. John Burtle is a native of California and is now an artist based in Los Angeles. He’s involved in numerous collective / collaborative ventures such as Eternal Telethon, KCHUNG Radio, and Citizens Promoting a more Pleasurable Public. He also recently had a solo show at Michael Benevento called Support Constructs.

Kim Calder lives in Los Angeles, where she studies contemporary literature and critical theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has most recently appeared in Unsaid Literary Journal, Joyland Poetry, Jacket2 and The Volta.

Elana Mann: She’s a real firestarter. Elana Mann is an artist based in Los Angeles. She’s in a three person show opening on April 19th at Thomas Solomon curated by John Souza. She has also founded a number of collectives including: the Artists’ Bailout Collective, The People’s Microphony Camerata, and is part of the collaborative duo, since 2005, Chan & Mann.

The Boston Review called Vanessa Place “the spokesperson for the new cynical avant-garde,” the Huffington Post characterized her work as “ethically odious,” while philosopher and critic Avital Ronell said she is “a leading voice in contemporary thought.” Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted. Exhibition work has appeared at MAK Center/Los Angeles; Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Broad Museum, East Lansing; and Cage 83 Gallery, New York. Selected recent performance venues include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art; Andre Bely Center, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kunstverein, Cologne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frye Art Gallery, Seattle; the Sorbonne; and De Young Museum, San Francisco. Place also works as a critic and criminal defense attorney, and is CEO of VanessaPlace Inc, the world’s first poetry corporation.