Visiting Artists

2017 Visiting Artists: Bull.Miletic


BMImageMonday, December 4, at 6:30pm
Artist Talk with Art + Science Artists-in-Residence 
As part of Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

Bull.Miletic are inaugural Art + Science Artists-in-Residence at University of California, Berkeley, co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society. They are currently working on a joint artistic research project on the aerial view in motion at the Department for Media and Communication, University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Today, the aerial view is in motion, not only through the physical attachment of cameras to mobile machines but most prominently in the way these technological mediations are distributed and networked between billions of portable electronic devices, merging news feeds and entertainment with intelligence operations. The complex contradictions of displacement and overview generated by the view from above thus enters a new paradigm of modular groundlessness as it combines with technologies on the ground and networked geospatial data in new diagrams of technical automation. Approaching this subject from the perspective of cinema and contemporary art, Bull.Miletic’s four-year artistic research project brings into question the entangled relations between the moving image and cartography, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities increasingly colonized by remote sensing and aerial imaging technologies.


For the last two years, Bull.Miletic has been engaged in The Aerial View in Motion, an artistic research project facilitated by Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The project focuses on the emergence of a new visual paradigm caused by the recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones. At UC Berkeley, Bull.Miletic will be working on the concluding segment of this project, which will focus on exploring a variety of scientific, cultural, and historic visualizations of earth in a new media installation. Taking the Pale Blue Dot and Buckminster Fuller’s notion of Spaceship Earth as a starting point, their intention during their residency is to explore the relationships between the “objective” ortophotomapped representation of the earth through visualized data sets and the affective volume-image of our planet as a vibrant ecosystem that “spins in space traveling 60,000 miles an hour, in the midst of rich non-human life as well as the intensive relations to other planets and the Sun”. The resulting artwork is scheduled to premiere at the 2018 Meta.Morf Biennial for Art & Technology.

About the Art + Science Residency Program: The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS), in partnership with the Arts Research Center (ARC), is initiating an artist-in-residence program that will focus on nurturing art/technology/science/engineering exchanges at UC Berkeley, in the Bay Area, and across the region. The program will open with a pilot residency this fall (2017), featuring the artist duo Bull.Miletic: Synne T. Bull (University of Oslo, Norway) and Dragan Miletic (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). For more information, please read here.

The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS), in partnership with the Arts Research Center (ARC), is initiating an artist-in-residence program that will focus on nurturing art/technology/science/engineering exchanges at UC Berkeley, in the Bay Area, and across the region. The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society is a research unit at UC Berkeley dedicated promoting rigorous interdisciplinary research based on the conviction that the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. The Arts Research Center is a think tank for the arts. It acts as a hub and a meeting place, a space for reflection where artists, scholars, curators, and civic arts leaders from a variety of disciplines can gather and learn from one another.

The Art+Science in Residence program will host artists by invitation drawn to collaboration, interested in interdisciplinary art, science and technological dialogue, and open to developing new working methods and research techniques.

Projects can take myriad forms, such as multimedia performances, theatrical productions, animated filmmaking, immersive installations, walking tours, community based research and online projects. The program allows for artists to embed within the unique culture of the Center and UC Berkeley and its environs. The program affords access to a dynamic and diverse community of scholars, visitors, staff, and provides opportunities for cross-pollination with a broad public.

While the Center allows room for variance, residencies typically unfold over two years and include both an exploratory and project-development phase.

The program will open with a pilot residency in fall 2017 featuring the Nordic artists Bull.Miletic: Synne T. Bull and Dragan Miletic. The artists create award winning film- and video-based installations that link the mediating effect of cinema with urban spaces and invent or repurpose recording techniques and projection mechanisms.

The Project: Their proposed project “Aerial View in Motion” will take the image of the “blue planet” and Buckminster Fuller’s notion of “spaceship Earth” (Fuller 1969: 14) as a starting point for collaborative art/science exploration. Artists’ research at UC Berkeley will focus on exploring the relationships between the “objective” ortophotomapped representation of the Earth through visualized data sets and the affective volume-image of our planet as a vibrant ecosystem that “spins in space traveling 60 000 miles an hour, in the midst of rich non-human life as well as the intensive relations to other planets and the Sun.”

Bull.Miletic are visual artists Synne T. Bull (b. 1973, Norway) and Dragan Miletic (b. 1970, Yugoslavia) who have been working together since 2000. Synne T. Bull is currently a PhD Research Fellow at University of Oslo. Bull holds BFA and MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Art History from University of Oslo. Bull is a visiting professor of contemporary art at Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole and was a professor of art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2009-2015). Dragan Miletic is currently a PhD Research Fellow at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Miletic received MFA in New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute and BFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Novi Sad.

Bull.Miletic have shown internationally at venues including Venice Biennale, WRO Media Art Biennale, California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Henie Onstad Art Center, Høvikodden, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade. Their work has been reviewed in Artforum, Aftenposten, Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk, Mousse Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Rhizome among others Bull.Miletic’s work is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

The residency will run from July 2017 through December 2017. Additional details about co-created events and research opportunities will be announced soon.

Past ARC Residencies


2014 Visiting Artist: Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe. Courtesy of Creative Time.

Rick Lowe. Courtesy of Creative Time.

The Arts Research Center was delighted to host a 10-day residency with acclaimed artist and community organizer Rick Lowe. Lowe’s Project Row Houses, founded two decades ago, has created a blueprint for using urban renewal practices within an artistic context to enrich lives. Located in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, Lowe’s Project Row Houses was founded with 22 houses on a block-and-a-half and today occupies six blocks that are home to 40 properties, including exhibition and residency spaces for artists, office spaces, a community gallery, a park, low-income residential and commercial spaces, and houses in which young mothers can live for a year and receive support as they work to finish school and get their bearings.

By committing to what has been called a “politics of staying,” Lowe has been able to develop Project Row Houses into a wide ranging social service center, a center for ideas, and an influential artist residency program. The organization has developed over the past twenty years to become a site of experimentation for new economic models in sustaining social and artistic communities, particularly within the community of socially-engaged art.  Lowe has been honored with the Rudy Bruner Award in Urban Excellence; the AIA Keystone Award; the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award; Loeb Fellow at Harvard University; Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art Architecture; USA Booth Fellowship; and the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.

During his time on campus, Lowe presented the 2014 Regents Lecture “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” on Monday, November 17 (as part of the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium) and participated in “Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice” on Friday, November 21, in addition to meeting with students, faculty and community organizers throughout the Bay Area involved in socially-engaged art practices.

For complete information, please visit ARC’s past event page

Each year the ARC faculty are joined by prominent or emerging artists who are invited to campus for extended visits to pursue their own creative work (original research), collaborate with students and faculty, and participate in the ARC faculty seminar. In cooperation with other units on campus, these visitors also teach on campus and present their work to the general public in various forums.

Residencies of one to three months give visiting artists space and time to pursue their work; allow students to work with leading practitioners in their fields; stimulate and challenge faculty artists and scholars; and give local community members the opportunity to engage with important artists (and vice versa). Artists visiting Berkeley find particularly valuable the opportunity to interact not only with other artists, but with the University’s critics and curators, and with scholars from the humanities and sciences.

Over the past 15 years, ARC has been honored to welcome playwright, director and Berkeley alum Stan Lai (2012-2013); Campo Santo company members Sean San José and Erika Chong Shuch of Campo Santo (2009-2010); writer/director Alex Harvey and composer John Gromada (2008-2009); South African opera singer, film actress and writer Pauline Malefane (2008-2009); playwright and filmmaker Philip Kan Gotanda (2008-2009); composer and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (2008-2009); The Builders Association Artistic director Marianne Weems (2007-2008); Touchable Stories Artistic director Shannon Flattery (2006-2007); New York-based choreographer Reggie Wilson (2005-2006);  Spanish-born, Denmark-based artist Ignacio Rábago (2004-2005); fine artist Helen Mirra (2003-2004); fine artist Fred Wilson (2002-2003);  sculptor David Rabinowitch (2002-2003); New York-based, Russian-born conceptual artists Komar & Melamid (2001-2002); pioneering New York musician/composer Henry Threadgill (2002-2003) and a “pilot” ARC residency with Los Angeles-based performance artist/activist Tim Miller.