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Episode 72 features Isolde Brielmaier, she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focuses on contemporary art, global visual culture, as well as media and immersive technology as platforms within which to re-think storytelling and the politics of representation. She is also the inaugural Curator-at-Large at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and previously oversaw the arts and cultural programming at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center. Isolde has written extensively on contemporary art and culture and is the author of Culture as Catalyst (2020). She has served as curator at several institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Bronx Museum. Among her distinctions, she has received fellowships from the Mellon and Ford Foundations as well as the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). She serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Museum as well as the Women’s Prison Association. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Artist website




NYU/ Tisch talk


Rendering of an upcoming artist commission that Isolde Brielmaier is working on with artist Suchi Reddy.
The large-scale AI sculptural installation is called Me + You.
It is powered by AWS (Amazon Web Services) and will debut at the Smithsonian in the fall of 2021.

Culture as Catalyst’ is a collection of dialogues and new writings by artists, scholars, activists, and influential thinkers on urgent issues of our time.

A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’