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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.


ARC Fellows Applications due 12/14/18!

ARC Fellows Applications due 12/14/18!   The ARC Fellows Program advances interdisciplinary research in the arts at UC Berkeley by supporting self-nominated pairs of graduate students and faculty members as they pursue semester-long collaborative projects of their own design.   The goals of this program are: to encourage collaboration across disciplines, departments, and colleges; to […]


The Politics & Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe

The Politics & Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe Felix Rosen on Politics & Poetics on September 13, 2018 Concerned with the way in which a white epistemology breeds a racial, capitalist consciousness, SA Smythe — writer, translator, performer, and scholar — began their presentation with a performance of their poems “Some […]


Mediations & Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas

Mediations & Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas Felix Rosen on Mediations & Collaborations on September 10, 2018 Susan Meiselas’ latest exhibition Mediations, on display at SFMOMA until October 31st, is a summation of her most important work from the past several decades. In conversation with Natalia Brizuela, Interim Director of the Arts Research Center, and […]


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 […]