Arts + Design Thursdays

September 1–December 1, 2022

BAMPFA partners with Berkeley Arts + Design to offer this lecture series about creativity and practice as a vital resource in times of change. Join us every Thursday afternoon to hear cutting-edge thinkers and makers share about their creative practice.

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  • Ronald Rael

  • Latanya d. Tigner

  • Alex Saum-Pascual: The Offline Website Project

  • Laurel arches back into the floor, balancing on two wheels, arms curved up loosely over body and face. Freckles glow in the light and her silver top drapes, of a piece with her frame.

    Laurel Lawson

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  • Laurel, a white woman with creamy skin, cropped silvery hair, and hazel eyes, looks thoughtfully to one side. Crimson lipstick punctuates a slight smile.
    Thursday, December 1, 12:45 PM

    Laurel Lawson: Art Is an Experience: UX, Access, and Equity

    Grounded in disabled understandings of the value of multiplicity of embodiment and experience, choreographer, designer, and engineer Laurel Lawson’s talk moves from transdisciplinary art making and decentered design practice, to equitable aesthetic accessibility and technology ethics and leadership.

  • Thursday, November 17, 12:45 PM

    Online only—Pablo Gonzalez: An Other Campus: Memory and Reenvisioning of the UC Berkeley Campus through Augmented Reality

    This presentation by UC Berkeley continuing lecturer Dr. Pablo Gonzalez focuses on an ongoing project to reenvision the history of the campus through the use of augmented reality. It asks what an Other campus tour would look like and how this tour could usher in an important dialogue over race, memory, and monuments.

    This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.

  • Thursdays, November 10, 12:45 PM

    Alex Saum-Pascual: Digital Poetry for the End of the World

    Alex Saum-Pascual—a digital artist, poet, and UC Berkeley professor of contemporary Spanish literature and new media—discusses her academic and creative work on digital literature, examining the environmental impact of digital technologies.

  • Thursdays, November 3, 12:45 PM

    Edmund Campion: Human / Expression / Emotion / Technology / Machine / Me

    Edmund Campion, the Director of Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) traces a recurring story of human/technology disruptions that continue to upend and transform music and music making up to our current moment.

  • Thursday, October 27, 12:45 PM

    Online Only—Christina Yang: Curating Performance

    Christina Yang, former BAMPFA chief curator, engages in an open-ended, behind-the-scenes conversation with Professor Lisa Wymore about the oftentimes sacred and profane task of curating performance as an expanded interdisciplinary practice in museums. This program asks what changes in curatorial work when bodies are foregrounded as works of art or perhaps how traditional principles can be upheld when a person or animal is in our care.

  • Thursday, October 20, 12:45 PM

    Online only—Helena Zeweri, Zelikha Shoja, and Hawa Amin-Arsala: Emergent Archives of Afghan Diasporic Memory

    Artist Zelikha Shoja and writer Hawa Arsala will discuss the power of storytelling in transforming and reimagining community identity. The panelists will examine how visual art and writing serve as unique mediums to engage with themes of ancestral identity, diasporic memory, and oral traditions of storytelling.

  • Thursday, October 13, 12:45 PM

    Latanya d. Tigner: Entering Community, a Slow Creative Process

    Through this conversation/presentation, Latanya d. Tigner shares colorful lessons about how to respectfully enter and engage cultural communities, learned during her informal observation of African movement and spiritual retention in New Orleans jazz funerals and Second Line parading traditions.

  • Thursday, September 29, 12:45 PM

    Ken Ueno: Person Specificity and Physiovalence: Performance Practice Toward Decolonizing Classical Music

    Composer, vocalist, and artist Ken Ueno moves toward creating a personal practice that seeks to “uncorset” musical practice and, by extension, claim artistic agency for those who do not belong to the dominant culture.

  • Thursday, September 22, 12:45 PM

    Online Only—Petra Linhartová: Water Your Ways of Thinking

    Petra Linhartová is Head of Digital & Innovation at TBA21–Academy. The methodology accumulated and incubated by TBA21–Academy's practice manifests digitally through This lecture invites the audience to wade through the Archive's many currents and experience creative practices within digital interfaces and beyond traditional frameworks.

  • Thursday, September 15, 12:45 PM

    Anne Bluethenthal: From the Tenderloin to El Salvador: Community Practice, Historical Memory, and the Slow Art of Belonging

    Anne Bluethenthal troubles the paradigm of Western dance with content-driven choreographies that face difficult issues of the day with eloquence and passion.

  • Thursday, September 8, 12:45 PM

    CANCELED: Ronald Rael: Notes from the Borderlands

    The borderlands are an evolving landscape that is a laboratory for art, design, and activism. Ronald Rael discusses how the complexity of this territory in flux has led to projects that explore the dichotomies of an ever-changing frontier.

    This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

  • Thursday, September 1, 12:45 PM

    Viv Qiu: Perhaps the Real Avant-Garde Is the Friends We Made Along the Way

    In this talk, artist Viv Qiu explores the world-building potential of making experimental, critical, speculative art.