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Arts + Design Faculty Forum: Creativity, Diversity, Technology, and Social Impact

      At a time when many tout the importance of “creativity,” Berkeley’s arts and design landscape offers a uniquely bracing context for creative experimentation, one enriched by the scientific and cultural wealth of a world-class research university, one propelled by our historic commitment to public access and social impact.  The Arts + Design […]


Welcome Back to Fall 2016!

Welcome Back! We are all getting ready for a new academic year filled to the brim with exciting courses, exhibitions, performances, and a range of public events that feature UC Berkeley’s rich and bracing creative culture. After reviewing our first start-up year of the Arts+Design Initiative, it is a thrill to anticipate a new one. […]

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ARC Fellows: Neurodiversity, Autistic Semiosis and Acts of Translation

  Neurodiversity, Autistic Semiosis and Acts of Translation Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Shari Paladino (Art Practice) and Laura Sterponi (Graduate School of Education) Against the backdrop of dominant medical characterization of autism as disease and increasingly alarmist discourses on autism as a crisis and an epidemic, our project advances a view of autism […]


ARC Fellows: Faini-Feldman Reflections

  Faini-Feldman Reflections Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Maria Faini (Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory,) and Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies) The ARC Fellowship has enabled us to expand our understanding of poetry and performance across disparate zones of incarceration, statelessness, and occupation. Maria Faini has focused on a selection of her dissertation, tentatively titled “Relational […]

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ARC Fellows: 3D Printed Concrete for Building Structure and Construction

  3D Printed Concrete for Building Structure and Construction Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Richard Kuo (College of Environmental Design, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Ron Rael (Architecture, Art Practice) 1. Introduction 3D-printing technology has grown and prevailed in the architectural and building industry. The main advantages to use the 3D-printing technology for […]


April Greeting from Shannon Jackson

April Greeting from Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design Shannon Jackson April always brings many flowers to Berkeley, and this month is no exception. As our faculty and students head into the last month before commencement, the campus is positively brimming with exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, and lab demonstrations. It is bound to be an […]

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Kate Mattingly on Trajal Harrell’s “The Ghost of Montpellier meets the Samurai.”

By the end of the performance, the stage of Zellerbach Playhouse was strewn with costumes, toys, and vegetables. Five white squares that had served as platforms and pedestals for dancing were empty. The microphones the performers used to address us, to sing, and to provoke “historical impossibilities” lay silent on a table. Last Thursday, March […]