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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 […]

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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: 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 […]

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Tech Landscapes as Art and Research

ARC Fellows: Tech Landscapes as Art and Research

Tech Landscapes as Art and Research Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Marcus Owens (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning) and Louise Mozingo (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning) Until recently, Silicon Valley was known as a diffuse agglomeration of unprepossessing office parks stretched out along the freeways extending some 100 miles down the peninsula between San Francisco and […]


ARC Fellows: Dioscorides as Art and Research

Dioscorides as Art and Research Submitted by our 2018 ARC Fellow Team: Andrew Griebeler (History of Art) and Maria Mavroudi (History) The oldest surviving comprehensive Greek botanical work was written by Dioscorides around the first century AD. Other technical authors from around the same time were Galen on medicine, Ptolemy on the mathematical sciences, and […]

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Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture

Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture Art + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Feb. 27, 2017 By: Tonika Sealy-Thompson Through this series my peers and I have been given chance to think together with some of the sharpest commentators on contemporary culture.  We glimpsed the dizzying possibilities […]

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Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Video Archvie

This semester the Arts + Design Initiative presented a Spring 2017 season of lectures as part of our program Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA. Lectures were organized with multiple units on campus including the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, Arts Research Center, and The Future of Cultural Criticism.  Leaders and educators in arts and design […]

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Clay Geerdes: Cockettes Go Shopping, 1972; digital print; 42 x 28 in.; courtesy David Miller, from the estate of Clay Geerdes.

California Countercultures Video Archive

This spring 2017 semester at UC Berkeley featured an engaging and informative lecture series Thinking Through the Arts and Design at Berkeley: California Countercultures, organized by Big Ideas Courses and the Arts + Design Initiative. The course and embedded lecture series, which will occur again in Fall 2017, is open to the public each Wednesday at noon in BAMPFA’s Theater. […]