Listen: JD Reforma on “Talk Show (After The Break)”


In 2011 Oprah Winfrey came to Australia, unleashing a tide of goodwill, fandom, renamed buildings (though thankfully not bees) in her wake. This event set off ideas in the minds of curators JD Reforma and Sandra Di Palma, ideas that led to the creation of Talk Show: a two-part exhibition that invited a group of artists to respond to Oprah, the talk show format, and fandom as a wider concept. The first part of this project (subtitled “to be continued”) exhibited at MOP in Chippendale earlier this year, whilst the second (subtitled “after the break”) is currently on show at Kudos Gallery in Paddington until October 26.

Co-Curator JD Reforma came into the studio to talk about Talk Show, Oprah as a phenomenon, and notions of sincerity within exhibitions that deal with fandom and fan art. We also talked about the weather – it was really hot that day.

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Show Notes

The following pieces of music were played on the show:

King of The Blind – Red Fire Red
Television, The Drug Of The Nation – The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (from Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury)
Talk Show Host – Radiohead (from William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture)

The blog post about previous episode where JD Reforma talks about the work of Mitchel Cumming can be found here. At the time of writing, the podcast is still available on the feed.

There are many songs out there about Oprah Winfrey, but in particular I wanted to play Oprah Song by Politikal Graffiti. Politikal Graffiti were incredible band that spawned out of the art school I attended in 2002. Oprah Song had as much to do with critiquing Oprah Winfrey as it did assaulting your ear drums with guitar feedback and tinny drum machine beats. Some other time perhaps.

Oh, and just to be sure you see it, here’s the bees GIF.