Professor Phil Ford and writer/filmmaker J. F. Martel host a series of conversations on art and philosophy, dwelling on ideas that are hard to think and art that opens up rifts in what we are pleased to call "reality."
Episode | April 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
parapsychology, pluralism, william james
Phil and JF discuss two articles by William James on the early years of psychical research in Britain and the US.
Episode | March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
evil, shirley jackson, virtuality, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss two weird masterworks, "The Lottery" and "The Summer People" by the American horror luminary, Shirley Jackson.
Episode | March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
composers, interviews, meditation, music
Music scholar Kerry O'Brien join Phil and JF for a conversation on the work of American composer Pauline Oliveros.
Episode | February 27th, 2019 | 59 mins 52 secs
fantasy, horror, interviews
JF and Phil talk fantasy and horror with writer and editor Matt Cardin.
Episode | February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
cinema, film scores, horror, science fiction, synchronicity
Phil and JF discuss the recent masterwork of weird cinema starring Scarlett Johansson.
Episode | January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
interviews, jeffrey kripal, paranormal
JF and Phil discuss the paranormal with the esteemed professor and philosophy and religious thought, Jeffrey J. Kripal.
Episode | January 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Phil and JF discuss a recently published article of Phil's authorship on how to write about music.
Episode | January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
interviews, mysticism, paranormal, stuart davis
JF and Phil discuss nonhuman beings in an aesthetic universe with filmmaker, musician and mystic Stuart Evan Davis.
Episode | December 25th, 2018 | 24 mins 1 sec
academic life, ideology, politics
The final segment of our conversation on hyperstition, i.e., fiction that turns real.
Episode | December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
hyperstition, magic, metaphysics, occult
JF and Phil talk hyperstitions, entities born in the realm of fantasy that slowly become denizens of the real.
Episode | December 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
art, creative process, individuation, mc richards
Phil and JF discuss the first chapter of "Centering," M.C. Richard's penetrating essay on the artistic process.
Episode | November 21st, 2018 | 55 mins 25 secs
dreams, folklore, robert aickman, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss Robert Aickman's masterwork of weird fiction, "The Hospice," from his 1975 collection "Cold Hand in Mine."
Episode | November 7th, 2018 | 59 mins 57 secs
aesthetics, duchamp, modern art
JF and Phil discuss the profound effects of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (the urinal) on the development of the arts since 1917.
Episode | October 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
hyperstition, idealism, jorge luis borges, metaphysics
Phil and JF discuss the classic tale, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Episode | October 24th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
art, music, technology, transhumanism
JF and Phil discuss the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould's prophetic essay, "The Prospects of Recording."
Episode | October 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
dreams, film, kubrick, sexuality
Phil and JF discuss Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece.