Artist Talk: 233 (a.k.a. Ramon Blanco-Barrera) – "Democratic Artworks" – 7:30pm, 11/21/16

UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:

233: Democratic Artworks

An Artist Talk, Special Collaborative Interaction, and Pop-Up Exhibition
By Artist 233 a.k.a. Ramon Blanco-Barrera, UC Berkeley Artist-in-Residence

Talk: 7:30pm – 9pm, Monday, November 21st, 2016
Pop-Up: 10am – 7:30pm, Monday, November 21st, 2016
120 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

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233 (a.k.a. Ramon Blanco-Barrera, “ON”, Photograph. Light box., 2012.


The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series would like to invite you to an artist talk featuring a special collaborative interaction and a pop-up exhibition by UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Fall 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Ramon Blanco-Barrera, who goes by the artist name “233.”

233 sends social and political messages in order to make people reflect about their communities, both local and universal, constantly bringing up human rights concepts and values. He uses the number ‘233’ in reference to the ‘identity game’ of our overpopulated world system.

“As Merleau-Ponty said, there is a blind point in the phenomenology of human perception that escapes us, an escape about which we do not always stop to think or reflect. The challenge is to make visible the invisible.

“This work is a formal representation of the current socio-political reality of the world in which we live….

“Here different types of news headlines are interwoven and contrasted, some of them made by the already impenetrable and omnipotent mass media and others created by artists and media professionals….

“Here there are two points of view, two opposed interests that migrate each day – the present of our lives. It is only a matter of deciding at what point we are interested in getting involved.”

– 233 (exhibition text – Danger: Innate Passivity, La Toma Gallery, Rosario, Argentina, 2011)

233’s artworks have been exhibited all over the world, including The Universal Game, an outreach art project presented in 2015 at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, DESORDEM E PROGRESSO at the Instituo Brasileiro de Cultura Hispânica, Rio de Janeiro, and he has had solo exhibitions and organized projects in Tindouf, Algeria, São Paulo, Brazil, and Sevilla, Spain. He is a PhD Candidate and Professor in Training at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Seville, Spain, and is currently the Fall 2016 UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Artist-in-Residence.

Come early to view the pop-up exhibition, stay to hear 233 speak about his artwork, and participate in his interactive project!


233 (a.k.a. Ramon Blanco-Barrera), “Sahara Libre Flag”, Tindouf, Algeria, 2011.

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