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Read about the latest news in the realm of Visual arts, performing arts, literature, media, film, design, and intersections with UC Berkeley Arts + Design across the world.

Pickles wedged between toes, a full leather mask and one Barack Obama bong – BAMPFA’s “Strange” exhibit will take visitors on an intriguing mental journey ranging from feelings of unease to whimsy.

A Balancing Act at the Border

For 45 minutes, on July 28, if you happened to be at the border between Sunland Park, New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, you’d come across something surprising: a hot pink seesaw.

It started with a box of negatives.

Women don beards to highlight gender bias in science

When you picture a geologist or paleontologist tramping through steep, eroded badlands in search of rocks or bones, does that scientist have a beard?

The University of California, Berkeley, is launching an innovative advanced degree in design for emerging technologies. The new Master of Design (MDes) program is a three-semester degree offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design.

So far, 2019 has been quite a ride for the Bay Area indie funk band More Fatter. After playing countless shows across San Francisco, releasing single after single and putting together their first headlining tour, the young musicians are more than ready for the hard work to pay off.

Creative Discovery Grants 2018-2019

For the second semester in a row, Berkeley Arts + Design awarded Creative Discovery Grants to Berkeley faculty seeking to develop new undergraduate courses or to enhance existing ones through creative, engaged, participatory learning techniques.

Saying yes to creativity

It’s not news that many U.S. schools are slashing funding for arts education, despite the fact that the arts are proven to boost critical thinking and increase test scores.

Women make noise in Chile’s music scene

For Christina Azahar, a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology, music festivals are more than a good time. She recently returned to Berkeley after a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Chile, conducting research for her dissertation on the intersection of feminism and popular music in Chile.

Shifting realities: AR/VR explodes on campus

While we live in a physical world, our interactions are driven increasingly by digital means: Almost everyone is looking down at their phones or other devices. Augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR) challenge our relationship with technology by breaking the barriers between the physical and virtual realms.