BAMPFA theater
Mondays, doors open at 6pm, lectures start at 6:30pm.
Free and open to the public.

Join us every Monday evening to explore cutting-edge thinking and making on topics of current interest to UC Berkeley’s creative faculty.

Arts + Design Mondays @BAMPFA: Public (Re)Assembly 
Mondays at 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm, Free and open to the public

What is the role of public assembly in our current moment? And to what degree are new models necessary to respond artistically and technologically to our political climate? After a highly successful launch of Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA in Spring 2017, Berkeley Arts + Design is pleased to present a new suite of exciting lectures that explore the theme of “public (re) assembly” from a variety of perspectives. The word assembly carries a range of associations. It challenges us to think about the democratic right to assemble; it recalls the artistic history of assemblage. It provokes us to imagine new systems of arrangement that respond to a digital age. It asks to consider how UC Berkeley might re-imagine the “school assembly” as a site of social transformation.

Mondays, doors open at 6pm, lectures start at 6:30pm. 
Free and open to the public.
 

Up Next

Monday, September 25
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Franklin Foer in conversation with Nicholas Thompson

Franklin Foer, national correspondent, The Atlantic

Nicholas Thompson, editor, Wired

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection—a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.

At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. There have been monopolists in the past but today’s corporate giants have far more nefarious aims. They’re monopolists who want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our decision-making. Until now few have grasped the sheer scale of the threat. Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance.

Participating Units: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; and the Graduate School of Journalism

 

Full Schedule of Fall 2017 Lectures

Monday, September 11, 2017
On Public (Re)Assembly
Shannon Jackson (Arts + Design and TDPS, Rhetoric), joined by Julia Bryan-Wilson (History of Art, ARC), Stephen Best (English), Ken Goldberg (Industrial Engineering), Nicholas de Monchaux (Architecture, BCNM), and Deirdre English (Journalism)

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center; Department of English; Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; and the Graduate School of Journalism

 

Monday, September 18, 2017
Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide
Arlie Russell Hochschild (Sociology), with performances by UC Berkeley students

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Student Groups (TDPS, Cal Bridge USA)

 

Monday, September 25, 2017
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Franklin Foer (The Atlantic) in conversation with Nicholas Thompson (Wired

Participating Units: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; and the Graduate School of Journalism

 

Monday, October 2, 2017
On Implementing Arte Útil 
Tania Bruguera (Artist and Activist)

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

 

Monday, October 9, 2017
Assembling a Native Commons
with Tony Abeyta and Friends

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center; Ethnic Studies

 

Monday, October 16, 2017
Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement
Kimberly Drew (The Metropolitan of Art, @museummammy)

Participating Units: Arts Research Center; Department of English; The Black Room; Townsend Center for the Humanities

 

Monday, October 23, 2017
Socially-engaged Internet art. Aesthetics of Information Ethics. 
Paolo Cirio (Artist and Activist)

Participating Units: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia

 

Monday, October 30, 2017
The Art of Emotions/Emotions in Art: From the Pixar Film to the Empathetic Museum
Dacher Keltner (Psychology, GGSC)

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative, Science at Cal

 

Monday, November 6, 2017
We must conjure our Gods before we obey them
with Michael Rock

Participating Units: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; Department of Architecture

 

Monday, November 13, 2017
Re-assemblage (Theory, Practice, Form)
Bill Brown (University of Chicago)

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative, Department of English; Townsend Center for the Humanities

 

Monday, November 20, 2017
Hit Parade: Music as Public Knowledge
Josh Kun (University of Southern California; UC Berkeley alumnus) 

 

Monday, November 27, 2017
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (70 min screening, followed by Q & A )
Isaac Julien (Artist and filmmaker) and Judith Butler (Comparative Literature) 

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center; Townsend Center for the Humanities

 

Monday, December 4, 2017
The Aerial View in Motion
Synne T. Bull and Dragan Miletic (Bull.Miletic, 2017 Artists-in-Residence)

Participating Units: Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society; Arts Research Center

 

Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co-curated by the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; the Arts Research Center; the Department of Art Practice; Berkeley Center for New Media; The Black Room; the Doreen B. Townsend Center; the Department of English; the Graduate School of Journalism; The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society; and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In kind support provided by BAMPFA.