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Welcome to Spring 2018!

Following an energizing fall, ARC continues its year-long investigation into alternative or experimental methods of arts-based research. In our Spring 2018 series of events and conversations, we have scheduled a dynamic range of scholars and artists to ask critical questions about the politics of sensing (with Hugo Boss award winner Anicka Yi), translating (with Anneka Lenssen, Assistant Professor, Global Modern Art), and mapping (with MacArthur fellow and UCB alum Trevor Paglen).

Our March 9 conference Amateurism Across the Arts will explore vernacular, popular, DIY, fannish, and self-taught artistic practices across architecture, literature, art history, new media, and music; the first convening of its kind, it will also include performances by self-organized undergraduate arts groups.

At the core of our mission is bringing faculty and grad students together to discuss their own arts research, and I look forward to leading a new cohort of ARC Fellows who have been selected to convene over the semester to present their work.


Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center
Professor, History of Art


Upcoming Event: Book Launch with Trevor Paglen

Untitled (Reaper Drone), 2010Mapping as Research: Trevor Paglen in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson
and book launch
Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 pm
Osher Theater, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley

To celebrate his first comprehensive artist monograph, Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley Geography PhD and 2017 MacArthur “genius” fellow) will discuss his work with ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson. Paglen’s work relentlessly pursues what he calls the “unseeable and undocumentable” in contemporary society. Blending photography, installation, investigative journalism, and science, Paglen explores the clandestine activity of government and intelligence agencies, using high-grade equipment to document their movements and reveal their hidden inner workings. The new publication includes a survey text by Bryan-Wilson and presents over two decades of Paglen’s groundbreaking work, making visible the structures and technologies that impact our lives. To learn more, click here.



Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.