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Interviews / November 2, 2020

Chroma Launch: High T Podcast x Canadian Art

In this special episode of High T, co-hosts Madelyne Beckles and Leah Schulli are joined by Chroma issue Spotlight artist Kiera Boult

Canadian Art has partnered with Toronto-based art and pop culture podcast High T to produce a new episode that departs from themes in the Fall 2020 Chroma issue

Co-hosts Leah Schulli and Madelyne Beckles are joined by Chroma issue Spotlight artist Kiera Boult, to discuss Boult’s performance artist practice, Chroma’s Keynote section “Terrain of Struggle,” the popular Bravo reality tv show The Real Housewives of Potomac and a conversation between Donald Glover and Michaela Coel in GQ

Schulli and Beckles met in 2013 and quickly became collaborators on curatorial projects and performance works. In 2019 they started High T, a podcast “that is supposed to be about art kind of,” meaning: High T uses art criticism to discuss and problematize the millennial zeitgeist, pop culture news and internet gleanings.

High T Podcast episode 46. “If You’re Not Political, You’re Drake w/ Kiera Boult” In partnership with Canadian Art


1:20        Introduction of Kiera Boult
3:20       Spotlight: Making Throughlines, Kiera’s practice
12:00     Keynote: Terrain of Struggle, education and reality TV
14:00     Bravo and Real Housewives television franchise
22:55      A Letter from the Black Curators Forum
51:45      Donald Glover and Michaela Coel

Madelyne Beckles

Madelyne Beckles is a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto. She holds a BFA in art history and women’s studies, and now puts her critical faculties to work as a co-host of the podcast High T. Her artwork explores themes of femininity and the body with abject aesthetics and camp humour, and has been shown at MoMA, the AGO and Miami Art Basel. She is currently the curatorial assistant of youth and engagement at the AGO.

Kiera Boult

Kiera Boult is an interdisciplinary artist and performer from Hamilton, Ontario. Boult’s practice utilizes camp and comedy to skeptically address issues that surround the role and/or identity of the artist and the institution. In 2019, Boult was the recipient of the Hamilton Emerging Visual Artist Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Trinity Square Video. She has participated in the Art Gallery of York University’s final Performance Bus, 7a*11D’s 7a*md8 – ONLINE and Life of a Crap Head’s Doored. Boult appears in the recent Chroma Issue of Canadian Art. She holds a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University and is currently Vtape’s Submissions, Collections & Outreach Coordinator.

Leah Schulli

Leah Schulli is an Alberta-born, Toronto-based installation artist, curator and writer with a BFA in print media from Concordia University. Schulli explores consumer and brand culture and its distribution and circulation of desire in a variety of social platforms. Her sculptural works combine humour and material presence with criticality. The line between the young, socially conscious consumer and the inherently capitalist nature of online self-promotion/trends is often brought into question. She uses her knowledge of the cultural zeitgeist as well as her penchant for art criticism as the co-host of the podcast High T, which she also co-produces.