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Nothing Concrete
Nothing Concrete
Barbican Centre

This is Nothing Concrete, the Barbican podcast - here to inspire more people to discover and love the arts with weekly episodes... more

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Nothing Concrete: Being a young creative

Members of our Young Poets and Young Visual Arts Group chat about what it means to be a young artist... more

18 May 2022 · 24 minutes
From the Archive: Wildlife (Paul Dano)

In another archive edition we return to the cinema and experience a family falling apart in front of their son’s... more

11 May 2022 · 16 minutes
From the Archive: You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)

On this week’s archive edition our focus turns once again to the cinema as we relisten to an honest and... more

13 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
From the Archive: Reverberations (Reich, Dessner, Pallet, Braxton, Richter, Haushka, Jóhannsson, Harrington)

On this week’s edition we travel back in our archive and re-discover one of the centres most ambitious festivals. At... more

06 Apr 2022 · 59 minutes
From the Archive: The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard)

On this week’s archive edition we return to 2013 and director Clio Barnard's reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tale... more

30 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
From the Archive: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)

In this archive episode we return to an interview with actor and director Desiree Akhavan, speaking to her in detail... more

23 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Can we be artists? With Headway East London

This week we have a live recording of Can we be artists?, a bold panel discussion we hosted in collaboration with Headway East... more

09 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
From the Archive: Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

In this edition we uncover the story of the most controversial whistle-blower of the 21st Century – Edward Snowden.The 2016... more

02 Mar 2022 · 10 minutes
From the Archive: Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience)

On this edition we journey into the cinematic storytelling of filmmaker Sebastián Lelio with the bold and beautiful Oscar nominated... more

23 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Out and About! The Log Books

In this special podcast collaboration, The Log Books' Tash and Adam take a closer look at some of the objects... more

16 Feb 2022 · 36 minutes
From the Archive: Neruda (Gael García Bernal)

This week, we look to our archive, returning to 2017 when we had the chance to speak to acting legend... more

09 Feb 2022 · 9 minutes
From the Archive: Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)

On this week’s archive edition we travel to the beautiful Sicilian island of Lampedusa where everything is not quite as... more

02 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
From the Archive: Consciousness (Holden, Calix, The Light Surgeons)

On this week’s archive edition we travel deep into our minds – learning more about our relationship to music and... more

26 Jan 2022 · 36 minutes
From the Archive: Cold War (Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot)

On this week’s archive edition we have a tale of a near impossible romance set against the backdrop of post-World... more

19 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
From the Archive: Illuminating Britten (John Bridcut)

On this week’s archive edition, we shift our focus back to 2013 when the venue celebrated composer Benjamin Britten’s centenary.... more

12 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
From the Archive: Thelma Schoonmaker - Silence

In this compelling interview with Thelma Schoonmaker we explore her legacy: A film editor who has worked with Martin Scorsese... more

05 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
From the Archive: The Party - Potter, Ganz, Spall

On this week’s edition we travel back to 2017 and meet up who director Sally Potter who invites you and... more

29 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
From the Archive: Peterloo - Mike Leigh

We return to our archive and remember a conversation with Mike Leigh about Peterloo, a gritty, real and sorrowful film... more

22 Dec 2021 · 16 minutes
From the Archive: Funny Cow - Maxine Peake & Tony Pitts

Maxine Peak plays Funny Cow, a woman who want to make people laugh, someone who refuses to give up on... more

15 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
From the Archive: Ode to Joysticks - Episode three

Over this three-part series we’ve entered a parallel universe of video games music, from the chunky world of 8-bit tunes... more

08 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
From the Archive: Ode to Joysticks - Episode two

From 2018 we present the second of our three-part series Ode to Joysticks. Sit back as we move from 8-bit... more

01 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
From the Archive: Ode to Joysticks - Episode one

From 2018 we present the first of our three-part series Ode to Joysticks. Sit back and enter a parallel universe... more

24 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
From the Archive: I Am Not A Witch (Rungano Nyoni)

In this episode we talk to writer and director Rungano Nyoni where she talked in detail about her debut film,... more

17 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
From the Archive: The Florida Project with Sean Baker

In this week’s archive edition we return to 2017 and take time to discover or re-discover director Sean Baker’s film... more

10 Nov 2021 · 5 minutes
From the Archive: 20,000 Days on Earth

This week, we find ourselves transported in time back to 17 September 2014 the red carpet was rolled out for... more

03 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
From the Archive: Anomalisa with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Ben Eshmade opens the door and crawls through the imagination of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson who co-directed the 2015... more

27 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Resonances across the Asia-Pacific

Tracing the histories of transnational Asian diaspora struggles and solidarities across the Asia-Pacific, Professors Marci Kwon and Ming Tiampo, curators... more

27 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
From the Archive: Andrew Haigh on 45 Years and Lean on Pete

This week, we look back at on two consecutive films by British director Andrew Haigh. We get insight from the... more

20 Oct 2021 · 37 minutes
From the Archive: Peter Strickland (Biophilia, The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric)

This week, we bring together three interviews with film director Peter Strickland, focussing on the three occasions we've had the... more

13 Oct 2021 · 43 minutes
From the Archive: Bonnie Greer on Do The Right Thing

Back in late 2019, we hosted a series of talks and debates exploring cinema relationship to the modern city and... more

06 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
Can We Talk About Power? with Suzanne Alleyne + Mia Bays + Michael Holding

‘Can We Talk About Power?' (27-30 Sep) is a series of online conversations delving into the nature of power with... more

27 Sep 2021 · 49 minutes
Autism Through Cinema - an exploration of neurodiversity on film (Guest Episode)

This week, we have a special guest episode from the Autism Through Cinema podcast. David Hartley, Georgia Bradburn, John-James Laidlow,... more

15 Sep 2021 · 1 hour,
From the Archive: Roy Andersson on A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

This week, Ben Eshmade takes us back in our cinema archive to revisit 2014 when we clambered on to a... more

08 Sep 2021 · 21 minutes
From the Archive: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis

We look back to February 2016 to spend some time the company of the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra... more

01 Sep 2021 · 38 minutes
From the Archive: Possibly Colliding with Nils Frahm

We're back in July 2016 to revist Possibly Colliding, a weekend curated by composer and pianist, Nils Frahm. In this... more

25 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
From the Archive: Thurston Moore on GALAXIES 12 x 12

This week, Ben Eshmade digs another episode from his archive, remembering the time in April 2018 when Thurston Moore led... more

18 Aug 2021 · 27 minutes
From the Archive: Under the Skin with Jonathan Glazer

On this week’s archive edition, we step into a bleak gloopy bubble of dangerous darkness and relive the terrifying sci-fi... more

11 Aug 2021 · 19 minutes
From the Archive: The Sound of Nonesuch Records

We look back to May 2015 and our celebration of the New York based record label, Nonesuch. We meet president... more

28 Jul 2021 · 46 minutes
From the Archive: Transcender with Atom TM and Robin Fox, Arifa, Faiz Ali Faiz and Leo Abrahams and David Coulter

Another week in the archive as Ben Eshmade spends time immersed in 2015’s Transcender festival revelling in the ecstatic, devotional... more

21 Jul 2021 · 29 minutes
From the Archive: Ben Wheatley on Free Fire and High-Rise

This week's archive find sees us celebrate director Ben Wheatley through his dystopian film High-Rise and its follow-up the pulp... more

14 Jul 2021 · 24 minutes
From the Archive: The Can Project with Irmin Schmidt and Gregor Schwellenbach

We encounter some timeless music assembled through improvisation, editing and sound collage in this archive episode exploring the legacy of... more

30 Jun 2021 · 27 minutes
From the Archive: Susan Seidelman on Smithereens and Desperately Seeking Susan

This week, Ben Eshmade heads to the scuzzy streets and broken dreams of 80s New York City with director Susan... more

23 Jun 2021 · 20 minutes
From the Archive: Maren Ade on Toni Erdmann

We're rewatching the 2016 German comedy-drama, Toni Erdmann which sees a practical joking father try to reconnect with his hard... more

16 Jun 2021 · 12 minutes
From the Archive: Wordless with Art Spiegel and Philip Johnston

In this week’s archive edition, Ben Eshmade revisits a conversation between acclaimed cartoonist and author Art Spiegel and jazz composer... more

09 Jun 2021 · 24 minutes
From the Archive: The Killing of Sacred Deer with Colin Farrell

This week, we re-enter the cinematic universe of Yorgos Lanthimos and his film – The Killing of a Sacred Deer.A... more

02 Jun 2021 · 29 minutes
Let the Sunshine In and High Life with Claire Denis

On this week’s podcast edition, we spend some quality time in the company of legendary French film director Claire Denis.... more

26 May 2021 · 26 minutes
From the Archive: Shirley Collins

In this week's archive edition we find ourselves back in the home and in conversation with folk singing legend Shirley... more

19 May 2021 · 30 minutes
From the Archive: Harrison Birtwistle at 80 (part 2)

This week, we look back to May 2014 and the second of two podcasts episodes which attempt to explore the... more

12 May 2021 · 31 minutes
From the Archive: Harrison Birtwistle at 80 (part 1)

This week we look back with a series of two episodes that attempting to explore the music, the man and... more

05 May 2021 · 43 minutes
From the Archive: Jessica Curry's 'Dear Esther'

On this week's edition we step into a deep and complex digital universe: we take down from our archive shelf... more

28 Apr 2021 · 29 minutes
From the Archive: Love & Friendship

In this week’s archive edition we travel back quite a way in our archive, in this case to the 19th... more

21 Apr 2021 · 21 minutes
From the Archive: Room with Emma Donoghue and Lenny Abrahamson

In this week’s archive edition we return to the cinema and find ourselves trapped in the claustrophobic Oscar winning drama... more

14 Apr 2021 · 25 minutes
From the Archive: Mariss Jansons

This week we return to our archive and a conversation with the late conductor Mariss Jansons, who sadly passed away... more

06 Apr 2021 · 14 minutes
From the Archive: The Golden Griot (Basquiat and Music) by Worldwide FM

On this week's archive edition we explore the influence and legacy of artist, poet and musician Jean Michel Basquiat.From the... more

31 Mar 2021 · 55 minutes
From the Archive: Pierre Boulez at 90

In this week’s archive edition we find ourselves in 2015 and face to face with a force of nature, a... more

24 Mar 2021 · 37 minutes
From the Archive: The Death of Stalin with Simon Russell Beale

In this week’s archive edition - we experience a play for power in Armando Iannucci’s absurdist drama The Death of... more

17 Mar 2021 · 22 minutes
From the Archive: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda with Surya Botofasina

This week, we're back digging in our archive for another listen to this interview from November 2017 where we found... more

10 Mar 2021 · 20 minutes
Inspired with Sope Dirisu and Gabriel Akamo & Jeremiah Brown

Wrapping up this series of 'Inspired' where we've been inviting some of our Barbican Young Creatives to chat to an... more

03 Mar 2021 · 45 minutes
Inspired with Susan Wokoma and Rogan Graham

In Episode 4 of this series of Inspired, Barbican Young Film Programmer alum, writer and journalist, Rogan Graham speaks to... more

24 Feb 2021 · 51 minutes
Inspired with Elaine Mitchener and Rebekah Alero

In this episode of Nothing Concrete, sound artist, composer and researcher Rebekah Alero speaks to vocal and movement artist, Elaine... more

17 Feb 2021 · 53 minutes
Inspired with Amrou Al-Kadhi and Amani Saeed

Our series of inspiring conversations continues as Barbican Young Poet alum, writer and spoken-word artist, Amani Saeed speaks to the... more

10 Feb 2021 · 43 minutes
Inspired with Kirsty Housley and Riwa Saab

Our series of inspiring conversations returns with a twist as we hand over to our Barbican Young Creatives to interview... more

03 Feb 2021 · 52 minutes
Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance

In this special episode of Nothing Concrete, we're inviting you to explore Soundhouse, a place for experimental podcasts and radio... more

20 Jan 2021 · 33 minutes
Michael Clark's Creative World: Fashion with Stevie Stewart

In the third episode of our ‘Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer’ series, where we’ve been meeting some of the key figures... more

18 Dec 2020 · 18 minutes
Michael Clark's Creative World: Visual Art with Sadie Coles

The second episode of our ‘Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer’ series, we meet some of the key figures in Michael Clark’s... more

18 Dec 2020 · 13 minutes
Michael Clark's Creative World: Dance with Richard Alston

In our ‘Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer’ series, we meet some of the key figures in Michael Clark’s creative world. In... more

18 Dec 2020 · 22 minutes
From the Archive: Hidden Figures with Allison Schroeder

In our latest archive episode, we look back to 2016 when we spoke to screenwriter Allison Schroeder about the Oscar-nominated... more

16 Dec 2020 · 16 minutes
From the Archive: Music in 12 Parts

This week we revisit a series of interviews with musicians James McVinnie, Eliza McCarthy and Timo Andres, about the rare... more

09 Dec 2020 · 24 minutes
From the Archive: I, Daniel Blake

This week, we step into the issues and drama of Ken Loach’s Palme D’or winning masterpiece 'I, Daniel Blake'.From the... more

02 Dec 2020 · 18 minutes
From the Archive: Leif Ove Andsnes

This week you’ll find us once more exploring our interview archive, travelling back to 2012 and listening in to a... more

25 Nov 2020 · 25 minutes
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In this special episode of Nothing Concrete, we're inviting you to explore Soundhouse, a place for experimental podcasts and radio from around... more