Sue Schardt produces multimedia work where people can experience themselves as part of a larger whole.
My passion and focus over the last decade has been leading AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, creating conditions where gifted, diverse, talent can do their best work and open the way for producers to bring generosity, brilliance, and their distinct vision to their craft. My life is enriched by this talent, the work they make, and the new trails they blaze. I’ve traveled the U.S. and across the world speaking about inclusive media and the power of story to transform lives.
In 2010, I worked with the first in a series of production teams to create Localore. Over 8 years, hundreds of independent, station-based, and community producers established outposts across the U.S., taking up to a year to explore and pioneer new/nascent approaches to making stories with a goal of expanding local public media service to every corner of their community. This work continues to evolve and grow.
There’s always more than one side to a story and, while those closest to me understand the circumstances of my departure from AIR, I’ve not commented publicly. You can read my final memo to the directors here. I learned a lot, and may share more in time. I remain fully supportive of AIR and where new leadership will take it.
I’ve had the chance this past year to focus on personal creative work, including as one of 26 artists included in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, One Day at a Time, Manny Farber and Termite Art. It’s curator Helen Molesworth’s compelling homage to the legendary film critic, teacher, painter and his concept of termite art (1962). The continuous stream I produced over six months was derived
from my long-standing radio program, In the Margin of the Other with Sue Schardt, broadcasting from WMBR-FM at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A commission by the Mystical Theology Network was a new adaption of the termite work. Into Becoming, a collaboration between Sue Schardt, Deb Todd Wheeler, Natalie Surmeli/Tribe of Wolves, and Masery Studios, transformed a dance studio into a space of rest, contemplation and manifestation.
A mid-year expedition took me to disparate regions of the country over several months, including the settlement for people with Hansen’s disease at Kaluapapa, a prayer lodge on the Lame Deer reservation in Montana, and to a far corner of New Mexico in search of Agnes Martin’s sanctified space of inspiration. This pilgrimage of exploration and meditatation on language, expression, and communication continues.
You can follow my Instagram playlists (embedded above) @ITMOTO.listen (or search Sue Schardt). You can listen on MixCloud or, if you’re in Boston, you can hear me live on (most) alternative Wednesdays at 88.1FM or WMBR.org from 4-5:30pET.
On this site you’ll find links to my media projects, research studies underlying the work, speeches, musing, and more.
Read, absorb, reach out!
- Sue Schardt, 11-21-19