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Students Respond: Michael Rakowitz

Students Respond: Michael Rakowitz in conversation with Anneka Lenssen, Associate Professor of History of Art, and graduate students Alejandro Múnera, Tausif Noor, and Anna Riley By: Olivia Bischofberger, Rahul Keyal, Hannah Klakeg, Sajdah Nasir and Olivia Pole, November 3, 2020 This semester, our director Julia Bryan-Wilson is teaching a class intertwined with our Visual Activism […]


Poetry and the Senses Fellowship Application

what did i know about waters rushing back what did i know about drowning or being drowned -–Lucille Clifton, the lost baby poem UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center (ARC) is spending two years exploring Poetry and the Senses, thanks to a generous grant from Engaging the Senses Foundation. The program is grounded in the relevance […]


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 […]


BETH PIATOTE | poem

kawá/then [1] This piece is part of a larger collection of poems, Nez Perce Word for Shark, that draws on my heritage language of Nez Perce to explore the grammars of meaning and distinct aesthetics that emerge through its linguistic features. The collection also draws on figures and tropes from Nez Perce narratives. [2] qú’nes/condor; […]


RUSTY MORRISON | poem

notes from the understory (level 5)  such that dust without my knowing  is a subtle swirling viscosity surrounding you & me  always or only the ‘always’ I know as this life  dust is the cohesion & creates coherence between us  dust of what all of us are & have been or at least  this planet’s […]


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 […]