Media Futures

Here we track different kinds of media knowledge and media making across our departments, schools, centers and student groups, considering the history of popular culture as well as new media innovation.  How are old and new media joined, scaled, iterated, fortified, or redefined to ensure a robust public culture at Berkeley and beyond?

Deep below Morrison Hall, quadraphonic artist Suzanne Ciani sat in a soundproof recording studio reciting strings of non sequiturs with varying intonations to train a deepfake program.

Black hole at center of swirling new women-in-science mural

Astrophysicist Chung-Pei Ma at the University of California, Berkeley, has studied black holes for decades and has dreamed of cruising by one in a spaceship to check out how black they really are.

On June 23, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive held an artists’ talk with UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in conjunction with an exhibition of their work. With the tradition of celebrating the graduate students’ ingenuity and creativity starting in 1970, the exhibition is the 51st of its kind. 

Much of the Bay Area’s history exists out of sight. Or at least out of notice.  

Berkeley Journalism lecturer, students and alumni honored in 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

The work of a Berkeley Journalism lecturer, five students and two alumni was honored in the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, in the Breaking News, National News and Public Service categories, Columbia University announced.

Rbhu, an engineering company created by a UC Berkeley alumnus that specializes in large scale artwork and entertainment sculptures, is launching a new round of grants to donate to artists.

Three months ago, Nyan Cat, a popular meme and YouTube video of a cat with a pop-tart body trailing a rainbow, was turned into a digital NFT token and sold by the SF-based digital gallery Foundation for $590,000, fetching a windfall for the creator who had yet to realize any economic benefit from his popular work created in 2011.

UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED) today (June 10) announced a transformative $5.3 million gift, from Berkeley alumnus Jon Stryker, that will fund a four-year fellowship program aimed at providing debt relief to more than 100 graduate students.

UC Berkeley will auction two nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, relating to Nobel Prize-winning inventions for the funding of future research and innovation.

It’s appropriate that “Newsflash! A Mini Musical” is virtually premiering in May, because its subjects — collegiate high achievers who are now desperately scrambling to succeed in the real world — will likely resonate with a portion of this year’s senior class of UC Berkeley undergraduates.