|Daniel Kehlmann||20170103||20170104 (R4)|
The highly-acclaimed novelist and playwright Daniel Kehlmann has spent the last year in the US and his native Germany, where the fast-changing currents of political and social change have inspired and shaped his writing. The fall-out from mass migration, the appeal of the far-right and the fear of terrorist attack all fuel his imagination and are reflected in his latest work. Kehlmann talks to us on a winter's day in New York about truth, paranoia and his response to a world in flux.
Producer: Julia Johnson.
Leading artists on how they process this turbulent era through their work: Daniel Kehlmann
|Dayanita Singh||20170104||20170105 (R4)|
Leading international artists on how they process the turbulent world through their work.
|Ece Temelkuran||20170102||20170103 (R4)|
The Turkish poet and journalist seeks to chronicle and describe our fast-changing world.
Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish poet, novelist and journalist whose outspoken opinions about the governance of her native land has made it expedient for her to find safe haven in the Croatian capital Zagreb. In the quiet of her own flat and in the cold of the winter streets of a city she finds increasingly sympathetic, she ponders the new world order and its fleeting shadows of half-truths, extremism and rapid erosion of old norms.
She talks about the pressures on her to become either an heroic voice or a silent witness and why that dichotomy is demeaning to her. Over a coffee and a cigarette she wrestles with the writer's role and whether it's time to reflect the context of her time or to continue to try and establish splashes of beauty in what her experience of the English language has made her describe as 'interesting' times.
Producer: Tom Alban.
|Oksana Zabuzhko||20170106||20170107 (R4)|
The Ukrainian author describes our fast-changing world and its impact on her work.
Oksana Zabuzkho writes and works in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The central streets of the city and the now famous Maidan square have seen their share of protest, violence and upheaval in recent years. Oksana revisits those sites of heady national fervour and bitter dispute and tells us about her hopes and fears as the new shape of the international political community takes shape. How will old allies from the West treat the volatile and proud nation she calls home?
Producer: Tom Alban.
|Tania Bruguera||20170105||20170106 (R4)|
is a performance and installation artist who uses art not just to comment on society but to change it. Working and exhibiting in her native Cuba, the US and around the world, she tells us about her artistic practice, the death of Fidel Castro and her response to the seismic changes reshaping her homeland and the wider world.
Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera on 'artivism' in a changing world.
Tania Bruguera is a performance and installation artist who uses art not just to comment on society but to change it. Working and exhibiting in her native Cuba, the US and around the world, she tells us about her artistic practice, the death of Fidel Castro and her response to the seismic changes reshaping her homeland and the wider world.