03/15 Artist Talk with Dario Robleto, Artist-in-Residence

Artist Talk with Dario Robleto


in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Tuesday, March 15th 2022

4:00 – 5:30pm PST

Watch the recording on ARC’s YouTube channel here!

This event was held in-person, in the Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall, on the UC Berkeley Campus.

Presented by the Arts Research Center with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Art Practice and Ethnic Studies, the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Latinx Research Center, and the Program in Critical Theory

Dario Robleto is an artist, researcher, writer, and teacher based in Houston, Texas. Throughout his twenty-five career, Robleto has sought to cultivate rigorous, mutually transformative interactions between the arts, humanities, and sciences. Tapping into multiple creative traditions ranging from astrophysics to cardiology to poetry to DJ culture, his work has focused with particular intensity on theories and practices of recording and on the material and emotional structures of intergenerational relay and memory.

Please note: This event is in-person only and is free & open to the public. Per UC Berkeley guidance, masks are strongly recommended for those who are fully vaccinated and required for those who are not fully vaccinated. In order to enter the event without a mask, you will be asked to show verification of proof of vaccination or green badge at the door. Legally required exemptions and exceptions for disability and religious belief will be honored. Speakers will be unmasked and socially distanced from the audience.

Dario Robleto has exhibited his work extensively since 1997 at museums such as the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media including Radiolab, Krista Tippet’s On Being, and the New York Times. He has been a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of American History; the SETI Institute; the Robert Rauschenberg Residency; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to “Breakthrough Message”—a multi-national effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent life beyond Earth is successful. In 2016 he was appointed as the Texas State Artist Laureate. In 2020, he was a research consultant to the popular science television series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which aired on National Geographic and Fox. He is currently serving as Artist-at-Large at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and the Block Museum of Art and is working on his first book, Life Signs: The Tender Science of the Pulsewave, published through the University of Chicago Press and co-authored with art historian Jennifer Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard. 

Image of Dario Robleto: by Kevin Frady

Artwork: Dario Robleto, Elegies of Proxima b (detail), 2019. Various cut and polished seashells, urchin spines, green tusks, squilla claws, butterfly wings, cut paper, colored powder pigments, colored plastic beads, acrylic domes, brass rod, colored and mirrored Plexiglas, glue, acrylic on wood. 48″ x 18″ x 18″ overall with base and vitrine