Past Events

Cover of the book 'A General Theory of Visual Culture'
Whitney Davis
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of History of Art Whitney Davis’ book presents a new and original framework for understanding visual culture.

Image from Megacities film
Directed by Michael Glawogger
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Intermingling large street scenes with individual portraits of citizens from Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, and Moscow, this film exposes divergent forms of urban living and weaves a moving portrait of the effects of globalization.

The Alices sitting at a table performing The Alices Walking
Music at the Crossroads: Actions at the Intersection of Sound, Music, Art and Media
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
The Center for New Music & Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St.
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United States

Hart and Campion will discuss their sculptural opera, The Alice’s Walking, which premiers in March 2014 at the Eyebeam Center in NYC.

Abstract Image from CLUSTER
Music at the Crossroads: Actions at the Intersection of Sound, Music, Art and Media
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 to Friday, Feb 7, 2014
The Center for New Music & Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St.
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United States

CLUSTER is a multi-channel sound/video installation investigating human perception and the impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness.

Abstract image by Jean Dubuffet
Jonathan Fineberg
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 | 5:15 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Jonathan Fineberg is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Illinois. His lecture will set out an argument for the evolutionary necessity of art and discuss the effects of art on the brain.

Book cover for Everything That Rises
With Avenali Lecturer Lawrence Weschler
Avenali Lecture
Monday, Feb 3, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

In his second Avenali lecture, Lawrence Weschler will consider a spectrum of convergent effects, including apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist), homage, quotation, cryptomnesia (verbatim appropriation without realizing you’re doing so), and even outright plagiarism.

Aesopic Conversations book cover
Leslie Kurke
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Leslie Kurke’s Aesopic Conversations shows how this noncanonical figure was unexpectedly central to the construction of ancient Greek literature.

Image of the writer Lawrence Weschler
Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing
Avenali Lecture
Monday, Jan 27, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

In the first of two Avenali lectures, Weschler will explore the connection between art and science, focusing on the thinking of artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney, and offering a fresh consideration of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson.

Polartide graphic
Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Perrin Meyer and Rama Gottfried
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Sather Tower and Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Created for the Maldives Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, “Polartide” turns the fluctuating data sets of sea levels and oil company stock valuations into digitized tones, inviting participants to reflect on the growing threat of global climate change in a new way. Join us for an interactive performance of “Polartide” at the Sather Tower carillon, followed by discussion in the Geballe Room.

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Didier Fassin
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Monday, Dec 2, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study) will discuss his book Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011) with UC Berkeley faculty.

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