AN AUDIO ART PROJECT ABOUT POWER AND LOVE


The Heart is an audio art project about intimacy and humanity — comprised of a community of writers, radio-makers and artists who make personal documentary work about bodies, love, power dynamics & all of the invisible things in the air between humans. From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia.

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EPISODE

RITE OF PASSAGE


RELEASE DATE September 2, 2020

Rite of Passage
An episode from Spark, a show about daring attempts to create masterpieces and the mysterious process of transforming trauma into art.

Chiquita Paschal returns to the beginning — and end — of her dream to become an artist to find out why the spark of inspiration isn’t always enough...and how the added pressures of having marginalized identities can make it even harder to find your voice.




Written, produced & hosted by Chiquita Paschal.

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THE PU/NK SEASON



From January 2019 to January 2020 Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter of bitchface were senior producers of The Heart, hosted by Kaitlin Prest. In their year of production they made work exploring electric play parties and pleasure activism, the gifts of being alone, an evolving relationship with penetration, porn as a healing portal, divesting from people pleasing, and a personal journey dismantling white supremacy in relationships and in the world. 

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Follow their work here (NK) and here (Phoebe).




PHOEBE UNTER / NICOLE KELLY
Audio Artists & Collaborators


After meeting at a clothing-optional house party in Mexico City, Phoebe Unter & Nicole Kelly became the co-hosts of bitchface, an audio zine. NK & Phoebe have also collaborated on other happenings and projects, like CUNT POWER: Dyke Ranch, a temporary lesbian separatist retreat during the rage-filled summer of 2016; TRIAGE, a publication & pop-up clinic in response to late-stage capitalism; and zines including Solidarity Is Still For White Women and You Are Not An Intersectional Feminist.

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SHOW HISTORY


IN MONTREAL 2008. CKUT 90.3 FM offers up an hour at drivetime to a group of queers. Kaitlin Prest, Jess Grosman, Nora Rohman, Britt Wray and Linda Tsang are the new collective of a sex positive radio show called Audio Smut. CKUT gives them the space and the freedom to experiment and find their own voice. Wildness ensues.

IN NEW YORK 2012. Mitra Kaboli moves to New York to join Kaitlin, who has big dreams of making the show into a real job instead of a passion project. They go independent from the radio station and relaunch the show as a podcast. Jen Ng, Rider Alsop and Rae Dooley join the ranks. 

IN KAITLIN’S BEDROOM 2014. She receives a call from Kerri Hoffman (PRX) with an invite to join the Radiotopia network. The Heart is born. Wildness ensues. Sharon Mashihi, Samara Breger and Phoebe Wang join the team. The show wins awards. They become pros. And then they get tired. 

IN TORONTO 2018. The Heart is quiet. Kaitlin, Phoebe and Sharon make a different podcast with the CBC. Mitra gets a pro job at ESPN’s 30 for 30. Jen goes on a self-care vacay. Samara starts lifting weights and writing a lesbian romance novel. Rider lives the artist commune poet life. 

IN LOS ANGELES 2019. Kaitlin decides to revamp the show and introduces  artists Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter (PU/NK) of bitchface.

EVERYWHERE COVID 2021. The show goes quiet again, brewing ideas for future, queer works of audio art.













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