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Arts Research Center Blog

 

Formally ARC Muses, the Arts Research Blog blog is an online forum for reflection and conversation about the arts and design, featuring posts by ARC-affiliated faculty and participants in ARC-sponsored programs and across the campus.


Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Mapping as Research Laura Belik on Mapping as Research: Trevor Paglen in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson on April 24, 2018 Trevor Paglen’s work and interpretation of space are great examples of the association between art and research. Blending photography, installation, investigative journalism and science, Paglen’s approach reveals that there is always more to an image than what we […]


ARC Fellows: Refiguring Toxic Ecologies: Radioactive and Chemical Futurity

ARC Fellows: Refiguring Toxic Ecologies: Radioactive and Chemical Futurity Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Natalia Duong (TDPS) & Daniel O’Neill (East Asian Languages and Cultures) At the start of the semester, we sought to explore inter-medial artistic representations of toxic ecologies that complicated the legibility of scientific data about radiation and chemical exposures. […]


ARC Fellows: Fieldwork in Las Vegas

ARC Fellows: Fieldwork in Las Vegas Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Gabriella Willenz & Asma Kazmi (Art Practice)   In March 2018, Asma Kazmi and Gabriella Willenz went to Las Vegas for artistic research utilizing the ARC Fellowship funds. For Kazmi, this trip was an expansion of the ideas she has been pursuing […]


ARC Fellows: Ice

ARC Fellows: Ice Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Zachary Blinkinsop (Department of Scandinavian) and Karin Sanfers (Department of Scandinavian) A few months before the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, 1,000 small ice sculptures of human bodies were placed by the Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo under the Berlin sun to melt […]


On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks with Eric McDougall

On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks with Eric McDougall Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA | Public (Re)Assembly talk series On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks with Eric McDougall on April 23, 2018 Eric McDougall, designer and advisor for tech companies and artists across the Bay Area, adopts the term “Social […]


Porpentine Charity Heartscape on Experiment and Exploration

Porpentine Charity Heartscape on Experiment and Exploration Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA | Experiment and Exploration talk with Porpentine Charity Heartscape on April 18, 2018. Porpentine Charity Heartscape’s works show us how open and collaborative video games can be. Their role as a designer, programmer, curator, and writer is an example of the […]


ARC Fellows: Exploring critical alternatives for biosensing in daily life

Exploring critical alternatives for biosensing in daily life Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Noura Howell (School of Information) and Greg Niemeyer (Art Practice) Biosensory data, and the data-driven categorizations it supports, are increasingly present in daily life, measuring our behavior, physiology, and the environment. Data-driven categorizations of safe/criminal, healthy/unhealthy, or normal/pathological often masquerade […]


Lynn Hershman Leeson on Experiment and Exploration

Lynn Hershman Leeson on Experiment and Exploration Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA | Experiment and Exploration talk with Lynn Hershman Leeson on March 21, 2018. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work as a new media experimental artist was always ahead of its time. “My work is waiting for your generation to be born, because it […]


Amateurism Across the Arts Conference

Amateurism Across the Arts Conference Laura Belik on the Amateurism Across the Arts Conference on March 9, 2018 “We are all experts in amateurism”, stated ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson during her introductory remarks for the “Amateurism Across the Arts” Conference. The events were hosted at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and that was a special addition to […]