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

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Bull.Miletic are inaugural Art + Science Artists-in-Residence at University of California, Berkeley, co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society. They are currently working on a joint artistic research project on the aerial view in motion at the Department for Media and Communication, University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Today, the aerial view is in motion, not only through the physical attachment of cameras to mobile machines but most prominently in the way these technological mediations are distributed and networked between billions of portable electronic devices, merging news feeds and entertainment with intelligence operations. The complex contradictions of displacement and overview generated by the view from above thus enters a new paradigm of modular groundlessness as it combines with technologies on the ground and networked geospatial data in new diagrams of technical automation. Approaching this subject from the perspective of cinema and contemporary art, Bull.Miletic’s four-year artistic research project brings into question the entangled relations between the moving image and cartography, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities increasingly colonized by remote sensing and aerial imaging technologies.

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

 

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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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
Assembly and Activism through the Indigenous Artist's Eyes

with Tony Abeyta in conversation with Corrina Gould

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative, Science at Cal

 

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

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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)

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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) and special guest Thao Nguyen 

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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) 

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This talk is in conjunction with Playtime, a solo exhibition featuring work by Issac Julien on view at the Fort Mason Center for the Arts through February 11. To learn more about the exhibition, visit their website here.

*Please note that this talk is expected to reach theater capacity. Please arrive early as seating is first come, first serve. Details about possible accommodation of overflow and/or documentation will be released closer to the talk. If you would like to receive news about upcoming programming from Berkeley Arts + Design, please sign up for our newsletter here. 

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)

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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.