Category Archives: Guests in the Tub

Soak #5: Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen

In this soak, data visualizer Eric Rodenbeck, from Stamen Design, tells us about his efforts to create compelling visual stories from the formerly indecipherable heaps of data that surround us. Eric tells us about hiring bicyclists to track the Google Buses, and he shares his awe at the tsunami of computation that is washing over us.

Listen to Soak #5 Podcast here.


“You can talk all you want about what the data might show or what the danger in it might be, but until you actually make it visible there’s no real way to have a concrete conversation about it.” – Eric Rodenbeck


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Introducing our next guest: Justin Hoover

This Friday (Jan 25), we will be recording Soak #4 with Justin Hoover, who is both a Curator & Gallery Director at SOMArts Cultural Center and a practicing time-based artist.

At this soak, he will be talking about performance art, kung fu and more.

Do you have a question for Justin, specifically about the topic of performance art?Please ask us on our Twitter account (mention, not DM): @hottubpodcast
or via email: hottubcast [at] gmail

Hoover headshot
Here is Justin’s expanded bio of amazing accomplishments:

Justin works as Curator & Gallery Director at SOMArts Cultural Center, focusing on developing collaborative and experimental community-based curatorial projects.

Hoover holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master of Public Administration of International Management degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute.  His creativity melds experience design strategies, creative production, conceptual art theory and large-scale organization management into unique structures that blur the line between exhibitions, performances, happenings and community engagement structures.

At SOMArts, Hoover manages and oversees the curatorial,  preparation and installation, and community engagement functions of 12-15 group exhibitions, over 30 public programs, classes and workshops, and 24 solo exhibitions a year.  He personally curates between two and four exhibitions for the center and oversees the guest curatorial program The Commons Curatorial Residencies.

Additionally, Hoover is a practicing time-based artist dealing with language and translocation through body based performance, video and installation.  He has performed and exhibited his work at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Art Life Festival in Guangzhou 2011, the Time Based Arts Festival at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum and many other locations.

Hot Tub Podcast #3

I should have posted this earlier — we out the word out on Twitter/Facebook/email but not the blog…what we were thinking?

Here is the link to Hot Tub Podcast episode #3, featuring the one and only Eric Masters



With a face that only his mother, his girlfriend and everyone else who meets him can loves, Eric plays the role of the Caterpillar (from Alice in Wonderland), magician on-a-plane and in-the-tub and fetish event-goer.

Listen now! And there is an intro Santa skit (perhaps bad timing now, but there you go), to boot.