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On Choreography, Power, and Public Space

ON CHOREOGRAPHY, POWER AND PUBLIC SPACE by Susan Moffat, Project Director, Global Urban Humanities Initiative Cross-Posted from the Global Urban Humanities Initiative Blog (link to original article here).   How do bodies construct and inhabit public space? In the past week I had the opportunity to participate in three transformative workshops—two sponsored by the Global Urban […]

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ARC | Arts + Design welcomes Susan Miller!

Special Announcement for our ARC | Arts + Design Community   It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to Susan Miller, our new Director of Organizational Strategy for the Arts + Design Initiative! Susan Miller is a seasoned arts and academic professional who has held key posts in numerous presenting institutions, universities, and non-profit cultural […]


ARC Fellows: What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia?

  What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia? Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Clement Goldberg (Art Practice) and Abigail de Kosnik (Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies) Note: Gail and Clement are co-authoring an essay called “What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia.” They have two other graduate student collaborators on the project: Julia Havard, Ph.D. Student in […]

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ARC Fellows: Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera

Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Melanie Gudesblatt (Music) and Joseph Lavery (English) Meaningful connections between realist literature and verismo opera are surprisingly elusive. As a term of opera criticism, verismo describes a style of opera popular during the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s, which saw French, Italian, […]


New BAMPFA featured in Berkeley News

On the occasion of our campus opening the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley News featured the upcoming celebrations and the Arts + Design Initiative. The new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive — with its fresh design, expanded programs and prime town-and-gown location — is about to be celebrated with […]

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Op-Ed: Chancellor’s Corner

In his monthly op-ed for the Daily Cal, Chancellor Dirk highlights exposure to the arts as central to the undergraduate experience. Academic study and practice in arts and design fields can have an incredible impact on our work…as well as in our lives. These disciplines encourage creativity and imagination, expose people to new ideas, bring […]


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Future Conditional: Artists and Designers at COP21 By Shannon Jackson

Here in Paris, international leaders wrangle about how to address the effects of climate change in ways that are both globally expansive and equitably conceived; the debate often focuses on measures that would stall the rising temperature of the earth’s core. Those ‘measures’ are of course complex, ambiguous, and under-felt for many of the world’s leaders […]


The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater, Interview with Shannon Jackson and Kate Mattingly

What inspired you to write The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater? I learned about The Builders Association when they performed in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  I thought theirs was such an intriguing aesthetic, joining the arts and technology in such an interesting way. I ended up getting to meet […]

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Social Practice in Digital Form: Shannon Jackson contributes to the Art of the MOOC

114 countries, 29 guest speakers, 2 teachers, 4,000+ enrolled participants These are some of the elements of the Art of the MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC, designed by artist and Duke University professor, Pedro Lasch, and co-taught with Creative Time chief curator, Nato Thompson. The course is available from October 19 to December 6, 2015 […]