The Conversation is a podcast ostensibly about the world of contemporary art, and features conversations with artists, collectors, curators, writers and dealers/gallerists, as well as the odd miscellaneous art world individual. Michael Shaw, an artist based in L.A., launched the show in November, 2011, inspired by the podcast medium and its more performance-like approach to conversation, as opposed to traditional interview q-&-a’s.


About Michael Shaw:  I began the podcast coming from the place of, “I want to make a podcast, what can I make it about?”, and art was the most prominent candidate. The evolution of the show has gone from a more straight ‘interview’ type of dynamic to ideally something far less predictable. The best episodes have an element of performance to them. That’s the objective; the challenge is getting the guest to come on board with that approach.

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