Molly Allis is a multi-media artist and musician based in Los Angeles. She designs and constructs interactive environments that encourage audience participation and improvisation within a narrative. Working primarily with recycled materials, she re-imagines everyday objects that serve as props for participants to play with. Her work raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make believe. The hidden potential within discarded objects extends into her work with children, where she teaches kids how to use tools to build large-scale structures out of recycled materials. Her award-winning animations have screened in festivals internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. She has worked with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and Great Small Works Toy Theater Company in Brooklyn. She plays the drums in an all-ages, female circus project in elementary schools centered around empowerment, and teaches rock band and chorus classes to youth. She also sings and plays guitar in the band Bear Club. Molly received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theater Directing/Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Integrated Media and Experimental Sound Practices.
September 13th, 2018 | 55 mins 1 sec
60-40, 80-20, aluminum, art, challenge, cherry switches, chicago, cnc, creativity, design, drexciya, foucault, los angeles, lps, making, microwaves, mind mapping, motor controller, plywood, records, repairs, t-slots
No guest this episode! Just Rob and Taylor making it to Episode 40!!!
Oceanic is our challenge this episode! Thank you to previous guest Matthew Shenoda for the challenge!
Also, every 10 episodes we ask our previous guests to call in and let us know what they're up to. We're so excited by the calls! Many thanks to Andy Birkey, Charlene McBride, Cedric Tai, Kelly Marie Martin, Molly Allis, Ranjit Bhatnagar, and Tim Sway!
Rob makes a map from (and for?) the mind. And it spins at 33RPM. Taylor goes wild and knocks down so many problems! It's pretty oceanically epic.
You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com
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February 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
black holes, fermentation, garage band, gary panter, harmonograph, heaven, jiro dreams of sushi, lathe, retrosnickers, samples, sneakers, song, spirograph, tales from earthsea, turning, ursula k. le guin, walnut, wooden bowls
Molly Allis is our guest this week! Los Angeles in tha house!
Ursula K. Le Guin is our challenge this week.
We talk about style and the awesome power of Pee Wee's Playhouse, black holes and sneaker style. We also talked about Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which Rob has not yet seen.
Rob read Le Guin's "Lathe of Heaven" and got a janky string drawing machine built. Molly read "Tales from Earthsea" and wrote an amazing song! Taylor also read "Lathe of Heaven" and got heaven on the lathe!
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