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

PLEASE READ: All talks are free and open to the public and are located in the BAMPFA theater. Doors open at 6pm, lectures start at 6:30pm. Most talks reach the theater capacity. Audience members are encouraged to arrive at 6pm when doors open for seating. Ticket/seat reservation is required for talks scheduled on 3/12, 4/16, and 4/30 as we expect the theater to reach maximum capacity. Tickets will be made available 10 days before event. Please see individual events for ticket links. If you are a ticket holder, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:15pm, we will be opening up the theater to people waiting at the door and on the waitlist. Pending approval, select events exceeding capacity may be available via livestream and if so the link will be made available on the Berkeley Arts + Design Facebook page @berkeleyartsdesign and Twitter @brklyartsdesign.

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.

Fall 2017 archived schedule and lecture videos can be found here

Up Next

The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature with Beka Economopoulos and Dan Kammen
Monday / 2.26.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts + Design, Arts Research Center, Energy & Chair Energy and Resources Group, Science at Cal, BERC (Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative).

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into vital infrastructures for environmental progress, champions of science for the common good, and advocates for a just and sustainable future.

Beka Economopoulos is the Co-founder and Director of The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. The museum is a project of Not An Alternative, a non-profit collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Named in the NY Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups, the group’s work has been widely exhibited around the world. Beka has two decades of experience working within the advocacy and sustainability sectors, as the Director of Online Organizing at Greenpeace, and the Director of Strategy at Fission Strategy, where clients included United Nations Environment Programme, Global Climate Change Alliance, EarthJustice, and others.

Dan Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), and is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.

 

Spring 2018 Schedule of Events

Visualizing the World: Storytelling with Images from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Monday / 1.22.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating unit at UC Berkeley: Graduate School of Journalism

 

Indexical Ambivalence with Kris Paulsen
Monday / 1.29.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

 

Connectivity as Human Right with Nicholas Negroponte  
Monday / 2.5.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia; Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

 

Emily Jacir: 2018 Regents Lecture
Monday / 2.12.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Art Practice, Regents' Lectureship Program

 

The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature with Beka Economopoulos and Dan Kammen
Monday / 2.26.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts + Design, Arts Research Center, Energy & Chair Energy and Resources Group, Science at Cal, BERC (Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative).

 

The Perennial Mindset in the Era of Ageless with Gina Pell
Monday / 3.5.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

 

Public Happiness with Judith Butler and Zeynep Gambetti
Monday / 3.12.18 / 6:30

*Advance tickets required. Tickets will be available ten days in advance of the event. Reserve tickets here. 

 

Yugoexport Is the Name of This Oral Corporation with Irena Haiduk
Monday / 3.19.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

 

Carme Pinós: Recent Works
Monday / 4.2.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Berkeley Architecture

 

New Art, Flag Art, Good Art, Portal Art with Ian Cheng
Monday / 4.9.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

 

Abolition Feminisms with Angela Davis
Monday / 4.16.18 / 6:30pm

*Advance tickets required. Tickets will be available ten days in advance of the event. Reserve tickets here. 

Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, Berkeley Center for New Media

 

On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks with Eric McDougall
Monday / 4.23.18 / 6:30
Free, no ticket needed. 

 

Reassembling Hope with Rebecca Solnit, Dacher Keltner, Dan Kammen, Shannon Jackson, and Friends of the Bay Area Book Festival
Monday / 4.30.18 / 6:30

*Advance tickets required. Tickets will be available ten days in advance of the event. Reserve tickets here. 

 

Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co curated by the Arts Research Center; Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media; Graduate School of Journalism; Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation; Regents' Lectureship Program; Department of Art Practice; Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities; and Department of English, all at UC Berkeley.

The spring 2018 series of Arts + Design Mondays is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Jan and Buzz Wiesenfeld. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.