Podcast, Arts & Culture

Episode 240: Clowns on Acid — with Kira Nova

April 23, 2024
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Artist and comedian Kira Nova joins us this week on Below the Radar. 

Alongside our host Am Johal, they chat about growing up in the circus, clowning, experimental pedagogy, and Kira’s psychedelic clown workshops.

About Our Guest

Kira Nova

Kira Nova is a world renowned artist, comedian and producer whose credits include the MoMa and the MET.

Over the past 10 years she has created 5 solo shows and curated a number of variety theater productions. Among which was a show she created with Michael Portnoy and Reggie Watts — “Alligators! Experimental Comedy Lab”, presented in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Nova has presented her breed of one-woman shows at such venues as MoMa PS1, MET Breuer, The Kitchen in New York; Center Pompidou in Paris, Royal Academy Theater in London, Art Basel in Basel among many. While as a comedian Nova performed in many venues around NY, which include productions at The Box and House of Yes.

For the past 10 years, Nova has been leading workshops and teaching at many North American and European Art Academies, that include: Columbia University in New York (US), Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta (Canada), Paul Klee Center in Basel (Switzerland), Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), de Appel Curatorial Program in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (Germany), Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Since 2013, Nova works as a professor at Lunds University (Sweden).

Cite This Episode

Chicago Style

Johal, Am. “Clowns on Acid — with Kira Nova.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, April 23, 2024.


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