(re)mediations – Artist Lecture Series, Spring 2018

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice invites you to join us for our Spring 2018 Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, featuring artists Emily Jacir, Irena Haiduk, Ian Cheng, and Takming Chuang.

All lectures are FREE and open to the public.


Emily Jacir
Art Practice 2018 Regents Fellowship Speaker
Monday, February 12
BAMPFA, Osher Theater

Emily Jacir is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications for the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. Jacir is the recipient of awards including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, a Prince Claus Award, the Hugo Boss Prize, and the Herb Alpert Award. Jacir’s works have been in important group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Documenta 13; multiple editions of the Venice Biennale; 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil; 15th Biennale of Sydney; Sharjah Biennial 7; the 2004 Whitney Biennial; and the 8th Istanbul Biennial. Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include presentations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Darat il Funun, Amman; Beirut Art Center; and Guggenheim Museum, New York.


Irena Haiduk: Yugoexport is the Name of this Oral Corporation
Monday, March 19
BAMPFA, Osher Theater

Irena Haiduk’s multi-faceted works reach beyond their anchors in Balkan history to mingle with other corrosive forces and slice away at the well-fed bodies of power. She has exhibited at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago; AKUD, Berlin; the 4th Athens Biennale; and other locations. A monograph of her writing, SPELLS, has just been published Sternberg Press. Haiduk teaches at Northwestern University.


Ian Cheng: new art, flag art, good art, portal art
Presented in partnership with the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquim.
Monday, April 9
BAMPFA, Osher Theater

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often imaginative organisms and objects, but do so with the unforgiving causality found in nature itself. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviors that the artist can manage but never truly control.

Cheng received his BA in Art Practice and Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley. Recent exhibitions incude: EMISSARIES, MoMA PS1, New York; Migros Museum, Zurich; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf; Yokohama Triennale 2017; Tate Modern, London; Jewish Museum, New York, and the Liverpool Biennial 2016.
Presented in partnership with the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium.


Takming Chuang
Awardee of the Art Practice Sam Francis Fellowship for the 2017 Headlands Residency
Monday, April 23
Kroeber Hall, Room 120

In an era marked by rapid change, Chuang explores the intent of preservation by working with materials that are inherently unstable. Initially influenced by the ephemerality of the human form, early work addressed the ideals of gym culture and its impact on his aging body. Recent sculptures model the nature of impermanence in broader terms to consider underlying systems of value associated with conservation initiatives. He received his MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 2017 and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York, Binghamton. At present, Chuang is a Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts, Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, programming committee member of Right Window Gallery, and a Spring 2018 Lecturer at UC Berkeley in Collaborative Innovation.

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AP Associate Professor Greg Niemeyer in the news: Hewlett backs Berkeley Projects for Hip Hop opera, ‘Dreamer’ composition.

New grants from the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will support two ambitious musical projects involving artists at UC Berkeley.

With one grant, UC Berkeley art practice associate professor Greg Niemeyer, DJ Spooky and the Internet Archive will collaborate on an 11-movement multimedia production for a string quartet, vocalist and original electronic instruments about the origins of the Internet and what needs to happen to keep it accessible, neutral, and free.

Niemeyer said he is creating an open source Sonic Web instrument, a large touchscreen with a software tool to draw network diagrams enabling DJ Spooky, the performance name of Paul D. Miller, to explore what networks sound like and to layer sounds with vocals as well as string and sampled sounds.

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The Art Practice Wiesenfeld Lecture Series presents: Michael Ned Holte. Monday, Oct. 30, 7:30-9:00pm

Barrows Hall, Rm 166.

Michael Ned Holte is a writer, independent curator, and educator based in Los Angeles.He has organized numerous exhibitions including “TL;DR” at Artspace in Auckland, New Zealand; “And Per Se And” at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; “Support Group” at Cottage Home, Los Angeles; and, with Connie Butler, the 2014 edition of the “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum. In 2016, he organized the exhibition “Routine Pleasures” at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles, and edited a companion book of the same title. A frequent contributor to Artforum, his texts on art and culture have also appeared in Afterall, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, East of Borneo, Pin-Up, and X-Tra. Holte has been Co-Director of the Program in Art at CalArts since 2014. Previously he taught at the University of Southern California and has been a member of the visiting faculty at the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and at the escuela incierta (uncertain school) in Cali, Colombia. 

Programming Art: Art Practice Alum Ian Cheng’s ‘Emissary’ at the Museum of Modern Art

How to describe artist Ian Cheng’s current exhibit at MoMA PS 1, a Brooklyn-based branch of the world-famous Museum of Modern Art in New York City? Imagine a projection on the wall, as wide as a tractor trailer, depicting chaos … with a story.

The title of this real-time simulation is Emissary Sunsets the Self, the third of three pieces being exhibited on the third floor of this former school. Each piece depicts an epoch in the life of a civilization: an ancient community faced with destruction; an artificial intelligence examining the fall of human life; an atoll that somehow develops sentience. Each larger-than-life piece develops in real time from a computer program Cheng has written.

In Cheng’s simulated universe, every character has its prescribed behaviors—trees sway, rocks roll, dogs walk around, a human keeps a fire stoked. As the characters interact with each other, the program moves in directions that not even Cheng can predict. (more, via  California Magazine)

Worth Ryder Gallery’s exhibit ‘Authority’ makes bold statement in midst of political tension

(via the Daily Californian)

Although we live in the supposed land of freedom and liberty, it is difficult in the current political climate to ignore the overarching systems of authority that guide many of the decisions we are allowed make, the social norms to which we are pushed to conform and the way our world is constructed by those in power.

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Authority,” seeks to explore this loaded theme by addressing how the many permutations of authority manifest in the lives of individuals and highlighting why it’s so important to bring these issues to light.

In an interview with The Daily Californian, curator Farley Gwazda explained that this theme primarily sprouted from the concerns of the art students, who comprise a fairly politically engaged group. He found additional inspiration in a study he had read, which found a correlation between being a Trump supporter and displaying an attitude of authoritarianism — an issue that Gwazda felt wasn’t really being spoken about. So he, along with three student curators — Rob Borsdorf, Jessica Doojphibulpol (who is an illustrator for The Daily Californian) and Katherine Lo — put this exhibit together in an effort to address the problematic nature of authority and also to give a platform to students whose voices may not always get the opportunity to be heard. (more)

The 47th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, May 17 through June 11.

Each year, BAMPFA and the University of California, Berkeley Department of Art Practice work together to present an exhibition of works by Berkeley MFA graduates. This year’s graduates are Takming Chuang, Lucas DeGiulio, Behnaz Khaleghi, Shari Paladino, Jovi Schnell, and Andrew Wilson. Be among the first to encounter the recent work of these six exceptional artists.

There will also be an Artist’s Talk and Opening Reception (the reception is for current BAMPFA members and guests of the artists) on May 17h.

Please the BAMPFA website for more details.

The 47th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistant Matthew Coleman and Assistant Curator Stephanie Cannizzo. The annual MFA exhibition is made possible by the Barbara Berelson Wiltsek Endowment.

Art Practice is Proud to Present our 2017 Eisner Award Winners.

Art Practice department Eisner Awardees, 2017, for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts.

L-R: Jerome Pansa; Irene Chen; Aileen Candelario; Belinda Cortez; Takming Chuang; Gabriel Carr.







About the Eisner Award: The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards.They are named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner, who was a regular participant in the award ceremony until his death in 2005. The Eisner Awards include the Comic Industry’s Hall of Fame. (From Wikipedia)

Artist Mildred Howard to be the Commencement Speaker at the 2017 Art Practice Graduation.

The Department of Art Practice is pleased to announce that our 2017 Commencement Speaker will be Bay Area artist Mildred Howard. Commencement will be on Monday, May 15th at Hertz Hall .

Mildred Howard, “Laila Ali”, 2010. Mixed Media Assemblage, 56″ x 22″ x 14″. Courtesy Anglim Gilbert Gallery.


Known for her sculptural installations and mixed media assemblage work, Mildred Howard has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Adeline Kent Award from the San Francisco Art Institute, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a fellowship from the California Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited internationally including recent shows in Berlin, Cairo, and Bath, England. Large scale installations have been mounted at the Richmond Art Center, Creative Time in New York, in SITE San Diego, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the New Museum in New York. Public commissions and installations were executed for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the City of Oakland, the San Francisco Arts Commission and International Airport, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

View artwork by Mildred Howard on the Anglim Gilbert Gallery website.

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Art Practice Chair Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country, along with Alia Syed: On a wing and a prayer, at Talwar Gallery, New York City, through April 1

Immigrant, exile, refugee, traveler, stranger: these are the figures that define our time. They are alternately the fantasy and the nightmare of globalization—neoliberalism dreams of a “flat earth,” a world system where laboring bodies travel across borders as easily as capital, while populism fears those same bodies as dangerous, even deadly, parasitical drains on local economies and civil society. What these seemingly opposing narratives share is a determination to erase historical and material realities that motivate such mobility: the wars, economic crises, imperialisms and colonialisms, the violences and disparities that make displacement necessary and impossible, full of friction, driven by a basic instinct for survival.

A two-artist show at Talwar Gallery takes on the problem of the peripatetic body in relation to xenophobia, isolationism, and racism in the UK, but from two markedly different vantages. Allan deSouza’s Through the Black Country imagines Brexit via the form of the nineteenth-century traveler’s account, using a series of wall texts, maps, and images, while Alia Syed turns to video to convey the experience of a Sudanese refugee caught in the limbo of statelessness. The show opened on January 13 in New York—after the defeat of Hillary Clinton, which represented, among other things, a serious blow to open borders and free-trade zones like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but before Trump’s executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries and his aggressive interpretation of deportation rules, among other anti-immigrant measures. In the aftermath of these events, the show has become pointedly relevant.