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Pop Lives #4: Kathy Scott

Every week this Q&A will find out what various heads in music, film, fashion, theatre, bukes, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.  Kathy Scott is a curator and producer in the arts & cultural arena. pop up productions is the …

Wed, May 30, 2012, 12:58


Every week this Q&A will find out what various heads in music, film, fashion, theatre, bukes, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming. 

Kathy Scott is a curator and producer in the arts & cultural arena. pop up productions is the collective home for her creative projects including Wonderlust at The Body & Soul Festival, The Trailblazery and the ireland : iceland project.

What are you reading?
I am juggling a few books at the moment, Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer as I am researching ‘decisive moments’ for The Trailblazery and am obsessing with the idea of art influencing scientific discovery. The other bible is Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage, which is a sublime photographic tribute to the lives of iconic artistic figures that have inspired her. She visited the homes of Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pete Seeger, and Elvis Presley, as well as places such as Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Old Faithful, and the Yosemite Valley. Art publications and catalogues are my weakness. This is reflected on my credit card balance and tend to cost me at airport check-ins as they are exceptionally heavy as well as beautiful.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
The last film I saw was a special screening of Submarine last week at the IFI. It’s a coming-of-age-comedy–drama directed by Richard Ayoade and its aesthetic style is hugely influenced by the French New Wave cinema. I adored its quirky, offbeat feel and Paddy Considine’s character (What is Light?) Graham T Purvis is beyond hilarious. The soundtrack is by Alex Turner and adds to the teenage angst vibe and nostalgic quality of the film. It has stayed with me all week and is still a little lost in it.

You have a golden ticket to Eason’s what magazine is first on your list?
I would probably say Vanity Fair for well-researched cool and compelling features on fashion, politics and culture plus amazing photo shoots. It usually sparks ideas and opens up my world perspective.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
My bookmark folders are pretty random and probably explain how my brain tends to work and play. They are as follows : TED, Icelandic Stuff & Things, Brain Pickings, YogaGlo, Artangel, Manchester International Festival, Elena Brower, Bedroom Community, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Hay-On-Wye, The Lighthouse Collection, The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell, Information is Beautiful, and The Iceland Weather Report.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Music, especially Irish and Icelandic performers, bands and collectives. I tune in to Arbutus Yarns for a daily hit and bow at the altar of my favorite auteur Myles O Reilly and then end up on a flight of randomness around the world. I am also working on a collaborative project with an amazing musician in New York called Garth Stevenson who sends me awesome links from Outer Mongolia and the Arctic Circle. So, yes, I tend to spend most of my time down the sonic rabbit hole.

What track should we listen to right now?
I spent the weekend before last at Drop Everything on Inis Oirr curated by the one and only Scary Mary Nally. It was an amazing mix of art, fashion and music events. The Saturday evening gig was hosted at sunset at Aras Eanna overlooking the Atlantic with wunderkind Daithí O’Dronai from Galway.  He played this amazing track at the end which mixed An Maidrín Rua samples from island sean nos singer Mary O’Hara with synths, fiddle loops and all the rest of it. It was the perfect track for the perfect weekend.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I have been immersed in The Three Colours Trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Man of Aran by Robert J. Flaherty as I am helping my film-maker friend Ruth Meehan on her short film The Measure of Man as part of a Directors Guild Initiative. We are in Roundstone, Connemara at the moment as she shot the last sequence around Gurteen Bay at sundown last night.  I am also addicted to Mad Men for complete escapism.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Drop Everything at Inis Oirr . The final showdown was pretty spectacular and featured Sóley Stefánsdóttir, Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, (Mr Silla from Múm ), Gunnai, Dóri and a bunch of other Icelandic musicians , Daithí, David Kitt, Sophie Coyle, Aras Éanna’s Jack, local islanders Cormac, his sister and father. The gig of a lifetime.

Which app do you use the most?
Bjork’s Biophilia for iPad which includes ten separate apps, all housed within one “mother” app. It’s incredible.

And finally, if you go to one event this month, make it…
Can I give a shameless plug for Wonderlust at Body & Soul – June 22- 24? Wonderlust is dedicated to the exchange of wonder and ideas. Expect inspiration, music, talks, discussions, live performance, and other eclectic experiences. Happenings in the mix include Sonic Revelations, Trailblaze,  Come Rhyme With Me, Philosophical Musings, Illuminati Salons,  Scientific Discovery, Cool Collectives , Chats and Lols, Cups of Tea, Fun and Games, Bingo, Hair cuts, Ballroom Dance offs, Bedtime Stories,  A bespoke Choir Service and Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.

Previously on Pop Lives, Eoghan Kidney, Michael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.