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UC Berkeley Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

If you or your friends, or loved ones, are in shopping mode for graduate programs, one of the major selling points for prospective students to UC Berkeley may be the Berkeley Center for New Media  and the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium. Last year, I was fortunate enough to check out one of the lectures, which introduced me to new media art (and all its complications and questions) and transformed my research and artistic interests--in a great and important way. The series is one avenue where graduate students, faculty, and the Bay area community can engage with artists and cultural makers, which is an important symbiotic supplement to any number of hours reading critical theory about art or the artist.

So at Berkeley, one can have the best of both worlds as a graduate seminar Questioning New Media is offered in conjunction to the lecture series. Students read critical works suggested by invited artists, discuss, and also attend the lecture series, further contextualizing the works shown. Additionally, the course is taught by Professor Ken Goldberg, director of the Berkeley Center for New Media with the assistance of fabulous graduate student instructors Kris Fallon and Alenda Cheng. Perhaps most importantly, Prof. Ken Goldberg is also an artist as well as scientist and scholar, bringing vital points to our discussion and learning, on the intersections of art, culture, and technology.

This evening, the ATC series features San Francisco based artist, Camille Utterback's talk "Luscious Complexity - Transcending the Doohickey." As stated on her website, Utterback is a pioneering artist and programmer in the field of interactive installation. 

I am especially excited for this evening, as Utterbacks work relates to my previous HASTAC blog post on the relationship of feminism, new media and poetry. In particular, Utterbacks installation Text Rain intervenes in the genres & spaces of poetry, interface, and corporeality. Additionally, Utterback was just selected as a MacAurthur Fellow this year, which makes tonights lecture even more of an opportunity to engage with an exciting and important voice within new media art.

Usually there is a light reception afterwards with space to engage with the fellow audience members (comprised of pretty interesting artists, community members, and new media art enthusiasts) and a chance to speak one-on-one with the artist as well.

I hope you can attend tonight, if not I will be posting some thoughts/observations after selected talks. As a graduate student, the ATC Colloquium is one of my favorite lecture series at Berkeley.  If you are considering a possible home for scholarly and/or artistic work around new media, the lecture series represents the campus at its most invigorating.

Please see below for more information and the schedule, for future lectures which happen every two weeks.

The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
of the Berkeley Center for New Media

Fall 2009 - Spring 2010 Schedule
Monday Evenings, 7:30-9:00pm (except 29 Jan)
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley (except 5 Oct and 29 Jan)
ATC lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2009

Sep 14: Mark Hosler, Negativland
          Adventures in Art at the Edge of the Law

Oct  5: Camille Utterback, Artist, SF
          Luscious Complexity - Transcending the Doohickey
          * Location: Main Auditorium, Sudarja Dai Hall

Oct 19: Candice Breitz, Artist
          From A to B and Back Again
          (co-presented with SFMOMA)

Nov 2:  Ben Rubin, EAR Studio, NYC
          What's That Ticking Sound?
          (co-presented with the Contemporary Jewish Museum)

Nov 23: Mark Tribe, Artist, Brown University
          Art and the Utopian Imaginary

Dec 7 : David Harrington, Artistic Director, Kronos Quartet
          Sonic Immersion: An Exploration of Eclectic and Unusual Sounds and Musics
          (co-presented with Cal Performances)
         125 Morrison Hall (* Note Special Location)

Spring 2010

Jan 29: Joe McKay, Artist, SUNY Purchase, NY
          Something Besides Super Monkey Ball
          (co-presented with BAMPFA  (* time, location see below))

Feb 8 : Shari Frilot, Filmmaker, Sundance Institute
          Physical Cinema - Curatorial Strategies at the New Frontier

Mar 15: Leo Villareal, Artist, NY
          Complex Simplicity: Investigating the Medium of Light
          (co-presented with SJMA)

Apr 5:  Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick, Artists, UC Berkeley and Oakland, CA
          Conversing, Considering, Condensing, Conjuring: 7 Years of Collaboration

Apr 26: Eugene Thacker, Theorist, Georgia Tech, GA

* Please Note:
* The Dec 07 event will be at 125 Morrison Hall
* The Jan 29 event will be on a Friday at 6:30pm in the Berkeley
   Art Museum Theater

ATC Director:                     Ken Goldberg
BCNM Assoc. Director:         Susan Miller
ATC Assoc. Director:           Greg Niemeyer
Curated with:                     ATC Advisory Board

Primary Sponsors:
       * Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)
       * Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
          and Provost
       * Center for Information Technology in the
          Interest of Society (CITRIS)

Selected events co-presented with:
       * Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
       * Cal Performances
       * SF Museum of Modern Art
       * Contemporary Jewish Museum
       * SJ Museum of Art
       * Townsend Center for the Humanities

Contact:, 510-495-3505
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