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Students Respond: Alfredo Jaar’s “When the Music Stops”

Students Respond: Alfredo Jaar’s “When the Music Stops” By: Tess Futterman, Ninel Melkonyan, Fannie Osran and Ruby Shapiro, October 8, 2020 This semester, our director Julia Bryan-Wilson is teaching a class intertwined with our Visual Activism series, also called “Visual Activism.” Instead of generating our own account of Alfredo Jaar’s recent ARC talk “When the […]


Collective Art Practice, Rehumanization, and Catharsis

Collective Art Practice, Rehumanization, and Catharsis: A Talk with Cannupa Hanska Luger By: Lindsey Pannor, May 5, 2020 On April 16th, the Arts’ Research Center collaborated with UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science course titled “Public Art and Belonging” to host Cannupa Hanska Luger “on” campus—though, in light of the pandemic, this event occurred […]


ARC Fellows: To You: In the tradition of izibongo (south-african praise prose)

To You: In the tradition of izibongo (south-african praise prose) Submitted by our 2020 Poetry and the Senses Poetry Fellow: Gracia Mwamba (Undergraduate/Art Practice) You are allowed to laugh today. You are allowed more than a hidden giggled breath. Let this be a reminder that laughter that does not have to replace heaviness. You are […]


ARC Fellows: inside calamity, calamity

ARC Fellows: inside calamity, calamity Submitted by our 2020 Poetry and the Senses Poetry Fellow: Nathalie Khankan (Community poet) anna’s mother began the day in her own bed in san diego a long way away from her birthbed in india. i began the day leaning over and remembering this marriage. i also recalled renee gladman […]


ARC Fellows: Poetry, Voice & Violence

ARC Fellows: Poetry, Voice & Violence Submitted by our 2020 Poetry and the Senses Poetry Fellow: Jenif(f)er Tamayo (Performance Studies) I’ve spent the last few years thinking about poetry and voice. Not like an “abstract” English grammar capital “V” voice––but like, the material voice. The one that makes waves and vibrations. Moves through canals, makes […]


ARC Fellows: Sensing, Knowing, and Other Matters

ARC Fellows: Sensing, Knowing, and Other Matters Submitted by our 2020 Poetry and the Senses Poetry Fellow: Menat Allah El Attma (English Literature/Global Urban Humanities) Two dangers never truly cease to threaten the world: order and disorder. The artist, in whichever medium they practice, knows then how easy and often they find themselves between opposing […]


ARC Fellows: catastropha

ARC Fellows: catastropha Submitted by our 2020 Poetry and the Senses Poetry Fellow: Rusty Morrison (Community Poet) Yesterday morning I took an hour from my work-life to write in my journal. These days of Covid19, of sheltering-at-home, have meant more work for me, not less, in the professional realm. Choosing to enter the journal’s poem-space […]